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December 2009
** Advocacy Alert **
Call or Email Your Senators Today to Ask Them to Support the Brown-Hutchison Clinical Trials Amendment
By ensuring that the clinical trials amendment is incorporated in the Senate bill this month, we can ensure brain tumor patients access to the widest range of treatment options and ensure progress in clinical research.  What to Do
Groundbreaking Clinical Trial at UCSF Funded by NBTS
Together with other public and private funders, NBTS is supporting a collaborative clinical trial for the brain tumor SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence). The trial will test the effectiveness of vaccine HSPCC-96 which has shown success in other tumor types and promises to be effective against Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM). "It represents the opportunity to use the patient's own immune system to provoke a response and target the cancer cells," said Dr. Andrew Parsa.  More
New Studies Highlight Scientific Question of Potential Increased Risks of Brain Tumor with Cell Phone Usage
Two new studies provide conflicting results on the link between cell phones and brain tumors.  More
Patients, Family & Friends
Holidays Can Be a Difficult Time for Those Coping
with a Brain Tumor
There can be a number of emotions and feelings that surface or magnify during the holidays. CancerCare recently held an educational program about Coping with the Holidays that is available to view online.
Coming Soon! NBTS to Host Patient & Family Conference
Join NBTS in Washington, DC on March 19-20. The conference will feature presentations from multidisciplinary health professionals about topics ranging from tumor types, treatment updates, survivorship, symptom management, quality of life, coping strategies, and more. In addition to providing current and relevant information, there will be opportunities for patients and families to receive support and connect with others.  More
Learn. Share. Connect.
In the start of the new year, NBTS will launch a new way for you to interact on-line. Watch for this exciting opportunity to get informed, ask questions, lend support, build friendships, and get connected with patients, caregivers, and others across the US. Topics to be covered will range from new patient orientation to the latest clinical trial drugs to survivorship issues.
Get Involved
Check out these creative ways people are uniting to fight brain tumors:
Justin's Quest
Join 13-year old brain tumor patient Justin on his Quest to raise funds for brain tumor research by shooting 40,000 baskets – one for every person diagnosed with a primary brain tumor each year in the US. Be a part of this exciting Quest, watch Justin's inspiring video, read his blog, donate, and even shoot a hoop with or for Justin!  Visit JustinsQuest.com
7th Annual MFL Ski Day 2010
Hit the slopes to raise funds for brain tumor research. The 7th annual event in memory of Michael Lewandowski, will take place at Winter Park Resort in Colorado, and includes a live auction and raffle. To learn more about Michael's story and the MFL Ski Day, visit the Michael Lewandowski website. To donate, visit the event fundraising page.
Start your own fundraiser today!  More
Ways to Help
Make a Year-End Donation Today
Join the fight against brain tumors by making a year-end donation today. This holiday season, honor or remember a loved one with a tax-deductible donation to NBTS. We will notify a designated recipient of your thoughtful gift.
There are many ways to support NBTS and the brain tumor community:
However you choose to support NBTS, thank you. Together we are making a difference!

News and Events
Save the Date for
2010 NBTS Spring Events
Bay Area CA - May 1
Brain Tumor Walk  More
Washington DC - May 2
Race for Hope – DC  More
Boston MA - May 16, 2010
Boston Brain Tumor Ride (formerly known as the Ride for Research)
Denver CO - June 5, 2010
Brain Tumor Walk
NBTS Recent Fall Events
You can support participants in our recent events. Donations are still being accepted for our walks and races in Portland, OR, San Diego, CA, Southern California, New York, NY, Phoenix, AZ, Philadelphia, PA and Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX.  More
Support NBTS this Holiday
Ask the Health Professional
Check out "Ask the Health Professional" for helpful, easy to understand information and frequently asked questions, answered by Mary Lovely RN, PhD, NBTS Associate Director of Research and Medical Information Specialist.  More
NBTS Online Caregiver Workshop Webinar Series
We still have a few spots left! Are you interested in connecting with other caregivers and participating in an online educational series?  Email for more information
Research in the News:
Crosstalk Between Critical Cell-Signaling Pathways Holds Clues to Tumor Invasion and Metastasis  More
Discovery Makes Brain Tumor Cells More Responsive to Radiation  More
New Hope for Diagnosis and Treatment of Intractable Pediatric Brain Tumors  More
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