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Information and Hope for Brain Tumor Patients and Their Families

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Program for 2011 copy.jpgMD Anderson Cancer Center and the National Brain Tumor Society are teaming up to present the Together in Hope Conference. This conference is designed to answer questions about the newest research on the causes and treatment of brain tumors, and strategies for dealing with issues faced by brain tumor patients, their loved ones and caregivers.

General sessions will highlight information on pathology, surgery, the latest treatment strategies, as well as complementary therapies and what current research advances can mean for future therapies.

Workshop sessions organized into four tracks will allow attendees to tailor the educational experience to their specific needs. A consulting room will be staffed by experienced health professionals for one-on-one sessions.

Participants also can refresh and refocus in support groups, or stop by the wellness room to experience massage therapy.

Caregiver Pam Epstein from Omaha, Neb., shares her experience with the last Together in Hope conference and talks about what she hopes to gain at this year's event.

My husband had glioblastoma, and went through surgery and treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center. During that experience, we felt the need to have as much current and correct information as possible about the disease.

I wanted to keep informed on what new research was being done to provide hope for the future. I also wanted to help other families who were going through the same things we had experienced and figure out how to get involved with a support group in my local community.   

I chose to attend the 2009 Together in Hope brain tumor patient conference because I knew, from my experiences at MD Anderson, that it would be an excellent source for gathering information I needed to reach all of these goals.

Knowledge, networking, information, friendship, power, strength and hope for the future are but a few of the things I came away with after attending the conference. It is for these reasons and many others that I am planning to attend the 2011 Together in Hope Conference in Houston, coming up May 20-22.

I look forward to hearing about the latest research and treatment for brain tumors, gathering information from support groups, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.

The 2009 conference provided me the strength I needed to be a caring, compassionate, strong caregiver. I am sure this year's conference will be just as positive. Together in Hope, we can make a difference in the lives of so many people.

Learn more about this brain tumor conference or register to attend.

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