July 2020

Sights & Sounds:
Glioblastoma Awareness Day 2020

Working together with our Champions on Capitol Hill and the larger brain tumor community, Glioblastoma (GBM) Awareness Day united thousands to honor, learn, and act for everyone impacted by a GBM. Taking place on Wednesday, July 22, the highlights included a live broadcast sharing stories and experiences of patients, family members, medical providers, and researchers throughout the day to raise awareness of the challenges presented by GBM and emphasize the need for more research and effective treatments.

The one thing made clear by all who stepped forward to share their experience with GBM was how important #GBMDay is to highlight, for all Americans, the urgency with which progress is needed for this disease. It is the coming together of individual patients, survivors, care partners, advocates, advocacy organizations, companies, cancer centers, Congress, and government agencies to unite as one community and one voice on a designated day, that allowed us to convey the challenges, as well as great opportunities, that lay before us to finally defeat GBM.

In case you missed it, you can still experience all of the Sights & Sounds of Glioblastoma Awareness Day.

Get Access to Services

NBTS patient and care partner education and navigation services provide personalized support, care, and comfort for the brain tumor community, especially in light of how COVID-19 affects the accessibility of brain tumor care.

Meditation Mondays

COVID-19: What the Brain Tumor Community Needs to Know

NBTS Personalized Support and Navigation Program

Brain Tumor Support Conversations

The Brain Tumor Experience

NBTS Clinical Trial Finder

Telehealth Resources

2020 Fall Events Going Virtual

In an effort to prioritize the safety and well-being of our community, National Brain Tumor Society has made the difficult, but necessary, decision to host all of our remaining events in 2020 virtually.

What does this mean?

Our community has historically rallied for a one day event, but imagine if we didn’t. Imagine if we rallied all year long for a mission that never takes a day off, and did not become any less critical due to COVID-19. Fall events going virtual simply means we will not wait until event day to express the urgency of our mission – we will start today!

On the day of our event, we will still gather (virtually) to honor and remember our brain tumor warriors. We'll share stories and hear from members of our communities, acknowledge fundraising champions, celebrate our survivors, and host a remembrance ceremony. We may be rallying from the comfort of our homes, but we'll still be uniting in support of this critical mission.


Maryland Brain Tumor Walk

Southern California Brain Tumor Walk

Long Island Brain Tumor Walk

Race For Hope Philadelphia

National Brain Freeze

Boston Brain Tumor Walk

Ft. Worth Brain Tumor Walk

RVA Brain Tumor 5K

Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk

Florida Brain Tumor Race


NBTS Releases New Oligo Research Progress Report

Gliomas are one of the most common types of primary brain tumors and make up approximately 80% of all malignant primary brain tumors. This group includes oligodendroglioma. Low-grade glioma patients are severely underserved due to the historic lack of research and treatment development. Our new progress report focuses specifically on NBTS funded research, shares highlights and new work changing the future for brain tumor patients and families.

Read the Oligodendroglioma Research Progress Report.


New Patients’ Rights Documents Released

In July, NBTS, along with dozens of organizations from across the international brain tumor community, helped launch two new documents that establish a set of standards for the healthcare experience to which all brain tumor patients and caregivers should be entitled – no matter where they live – while they navigate their treatment and live with this devastating disease.

Learn more about the Brain Tumour Patients’ Charter of Rights.

Learn more about the GBM Bill of Rights.


Meditation Mondays Starting this August

Mental health and wellbeing is a critical component of living with a brain tumor. Starting Monday, August 10, NBTS will provide patients, families, and care partners free virtual meditation classes focused on mindfulness, relaxation, and breathing. Led by Tori Best, PharmD, BCGP, RPh, classes will take place on the second Monday of each month and welcome people from all backgrounds and abilities to learn techniques to help manage stress, anxiety, and find peace in their daily lives.

Learn more about Meditation Mondays.


NBTS Brain Tumor Clinical Trials Report: Q2 2020

Reflections on the Two-Year Anniversary of The Childhood Cancer STAR Act

National Brain Tumor Society Welcomes Introduction of 2020 Glioblastoma Awareness Day Resolutions in Congress

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