WE MUST DO BETTER!
Hello, my name is Tom Rudig. Along with the National Brain Tumor Society, I'm standing up today to FIGHT BRAIN TUMORS! Will you help, too?
I am one of the many today living with a brain tumor, having been diagnosed with anaplastic oligodendroglioma in early 2015. Sadly, my mother Elaine passed away from a glioblastoma in 1995. While progress is being made, standard treatment for many types of tumors remains largely unchanged over the past twenty years. WE HAVE TO DO BETTER!
Today 700,000 Americans are living with brain tumors, and approximately 78,000 more will be diagnosed this year. Between 1998 and 2014, there were 78 investigational brain tumor drugs that entered the clinical trial evaluation process. 75 failed. That is a 25:1 failure ratio in developing new brain tumor treatments over the past two decades. Despite the amount of brain tumors, and their devastating prognosis, there have only been four (4) FDA approved drugs and one device to treat brain tumors in the past 30 years. The four approved drugs for brain tumors have provided only incremental improvements to patient survival, and mortality rates remain little changed.
I will be participating in this year's Portland Brain Tumor Walk at 9am on Sunday, August 6th, an event to raise awareness and much-needed resources to fund critical brain tumor-specific programs to improve the lives of all those affected by brain tumors. Please help by donating, registering, or volunteering!
National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. They are aggressively driving strategic research and advocating for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community. Your support ensures this important work will continue.
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