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March 2009
Avastin Approval for Expanded Use Under Review  
On March 31, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration's Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee will discuss Genentech's supplemental Biologics License Application for Avastin® for people with previously treated glioblastoma. Genentech applied under the FDA's accelerated approval program that allows provisional approval of medicines for cancer or other life-threatening diseases based on preliminary evidence likely to predict clinical benefit. The FDA is expected to make a decision by May 5, 2009.

Attention Reseachers
The deadline to submit Letters of Intent for the 2009 NBTS Research Grants is April 30, 2009.  More 

Cancer Treatment Kills Tumors by 'Cooking'

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New Neurosurgery Laser Allows Greater Precision and Efficiency for Removal of Complex Tumors
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MR Spectroscopy May Help Avoid Invasive Procedures and Treatments for Recurrent Brain Lesions
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Patients, Family & Friends
NBTS Presents to the American
Psychosocial Oncology Society

Last month NBTS was pleased to present findings from our national survey at the 6th Annual Meeting of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. Our presentation, "Coping with a Loved One’s Brain Tumor Diagnosis: Challenges and Unmet Psychosocial Needs," was given to the diverse gathering of professionals by NBTS’s Jenette Spezeski, MPH. More
Join Us This Spring
The need has never been greater to raise vital funds for research and support the unique needs of the brain tumor community. Register, donate, or volunteer today!
  • San Francisco, CA on May 2:
    15th Annual Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk  More
  • Washington, DC on May 3:
    12th Annual Race for Hope - DC
    (Presented by Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers,
    to benefit NBTS and ABC2)  More
    Check out video of Hockey for Hope supporting the Race.
  • Waltham, MA on May 31:
    15th Annual Ride for Research outside Boston  More
  • Denver, CO on June 6:
    7th Annual Denver Brain Tumor Walk  More
Ways to Help
How to Help
Join us in the fight against brain tumors! There are many ways to support the critical work of the National Brain Tumor Society, and your contributions make a real difference. Your gifts help us advance promising research for improved treatments and a cure, and provide much-needed information, support, and services to patients and families coping with a brain tumor diagnosis.   
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NBTS Regional Brain
Tumor Conferences
Join us free of charge in:
New York City on April 17, in partnership with The Brain Tumor Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  More information
Houston, TX on May 15-17, in partnership with University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. 
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Caregiver Workshops
Join NBTS in Long Branch, NJ on March 21, Tampa, FL on March 28, Columbus, OH on April 4, Chicago on April 18, or other upcoming locations.
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Great Work
Thank you to our many friends who so generously raise funds and awareness for NBTS across the country: SSBTR, Chef Night, and MFL Ski Day.  More information

Spring Dance Inspiration
San Francisco, March 21-22, professional and amateur dancers will be performing to raise awareness of brain tumors and funds for the National Brain Tumor Society.  More information

Team Billy Ride & Walk for Research
Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Billy Grey Ride for Research, Sunday, May 17th in Saratoga Springs, NY.  More information

Ependymoma Outcomes (EO) Project
CERN survey for adults with ependymoma diagnosis.
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CancerCare Telephone Education Workshops
Managing the Stress of Survivorship, April 14, 1:30 - 2:30pm EST.
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Treatment Update on Glioblastoma, April 23, 1:30 - 2:30pm EST.
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National Brain Tumor Society is a nonprofit organization inspiring hope and providing leadership within the brain tumor community. We exist to find a cure and improve the quality of life for those affected by brain tumors. We fund strategic research, deliver support services, and promote collaboration.
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