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January 2013

Caregiving Webinar
The holidays may be over, but the challenges and stresses of caregiving know no season. Our January webinar, “Coping with Caregiver Stress,” takes place Thursday, January 10, at 12 noon CST, with presenter Ashley Varner, MSW, MBA, OSW-C, Oncology Social Worker, DeCesaris Cancer Center at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Click here to RSVP
(And remember, if you can’t join us tomorrow you can visit the Anytime Learning section of our website to view any of our growing library of webinars—free of charge—at any time.)  

ABTA en Español
About Brain Tumors Spanish CoverTo help meet the needs of our Spanish-speaking population, the American Brain Tumor Association now offers electronic versions of our patient education materials in Spanish. Frequently-requested ABTA educational booklets covering a range of tumor types and treatment topics, as well as our About Brain Tumors primer, are available for download at no cost from the ABTA’s website.

Headlines Newsletter
2012 Headlines Fall Winter CoverThe Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Headlines is available for download on our website. In this issue, you’ll learn about the ways in which complementary therapies and a focus on nutrition can improve the quality of life in brain tumor patients, read about new ABTA-funded research into metastatic brain tumors, meet a young woman whose dedication to her brother drives her to run marathons for the ABTA, and more. Click here to read the full issue.


Fundraising Tab
Breakthrough Spotlight: Team Abbondanza
Team Abbondanza 2013 BreakthroughTeam Abbondanza, lead by Team Captain Marianne Bridges, is Tampa’s top fundraising team – and they’re only getting started. Over the course of four years, Marianne’s mother and two brothers were diagnosed and lost their battle with stage 4 glioblastoma. It has altered their family forever, and motivated Marianne to work toward a cure. Marianne says she’s fundraising for the ABTA “to maintain and strengthen the critical resources that make such a profound difference in the lives of brain tumor patients and their families.” Join Team Abbondanza and the many others participating in the Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Tampa Run & Walk on Saturday, February 9. Click here to register.

Team Breakthrough: Be Part of a Life Changing Team
 Runner 4 Team BreakthroughAre you ready to move further in 2013? Join Team Breakthrough – the ABTA’s endurance and fundraising team – and help to move forward brain tumor research and patient services with the money you raise. We’ll be at the following races across the country:

Or, you can choose your own event and fundraise for the ABTA. Visit to learn more about what it is to be part of this life changing team!

tab research news

ABTA-Funded Research Moves the Field Forward
Through our Discovery Grant Program, the ABTA is able to fund novel approaches to brain tumor diagnosis and treatment, “de-risking” potentially groundbreaking scientific work that might not otherwise have an opportunity to move forward. One of those grants recently provided funding assistance to Martyn A. Sharpe, Ph.D. and his team at the Methodist Hospital in Houston to develop a new investigational drug for glioblastoma (GBM). Methodist is now working with venture funders to move the drug closer to clinical trials. Click here to read the full story.

Ionizing Radiation and the Risk of Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors
A review article in Neuro-Oncology (November 2012) summarizes current epidemiologic studies of an association between ionizing radiation exposure and the risk of developing brain/CNS tumors. (Ionizing radiation is high-frequency radiation capable of changing DNA, such as Gamma rays, x-rays, some high-energy UV rays, and some sub-atomic particles such as alpha particles and protons.) The findings suggest that ionizing radiation is more strongly associated with risk of developing a meningioma than a glioma, although a positive association between exposure to ionizing radiation and risk for glioma was stronger in those who were younger at the time of exposure. Click here
to access the article abstract.

Prognostic Significance of Neuroendoscopic Approach to GBM and Brain Metastases
Malignant tumors, including glioblastoma (GBM) and metastatic tumors make up about 13% of the pathologies that can arise in the ventricular system of the brain. These two types of tumors represent a unique therapeutic challenge because of their deep location and proximity to delicate structures of the brain. An article published in Journal of OncoTargets and Therapy (December 2012) reported use of an endoscopic approach to treating a patient with a recurrent GBM and a patient with brain metastasis. The article suggests that this approach might play an important role in better defining prognosis and tailoring treatment protocols for GBM and brain metastasis. Read the full article

Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was the first and is now the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing both support services to brain tumor patients and their families and the funding of brain tumor research. For more information, visit

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To learn more about our events visit

Gray Matter Matters
Fairfield, CT
February 2, 2013

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Tampa Run & Walk
February 9, 2013

Team Breakthrough St. Petersburg Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon
February 10, 2013

Team Breakthrough LA Marathon
March 17, 2013

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Ypsilanti 5K Run & Walk
May 11, 2013

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Spokane 5K Run & Walk
May 18, 2013

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Chicago 5K Run & Walk
Spring 2013

Team Breakthrough San Francisco Full & Half Marathon
June 16, 2013

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Los Angeles 5K Run & Walk
June 22, 2013

Team Breakthrough Life Time Chicago Triathlon
August 25, 2013

Team Breakthrough Philadelphia Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon
September 15, 2013

Team Breakthrough Bank of America Chicago Marathon
October 13, 2013

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors NYC 5K Run & Walk
Fall 2013



Connect with Others at Connections Online 
The ABTA's Connections online community links patients, families, friends, caregivers and health care professionals with each other for support and inspiration. It is a safe place to visit, join and interact with members of the brain tumor community nationally and around the world.

Get Caregiver Support through MyCaringLink
MyCaringLink, powered by Lotsa Helping Hands, is the ABTA's personalized online caregiver support tool. 

Find a Clinical Trial Through TrialConnect
The ABTA's TrialConnect, a free and confidential service administered by EmergingMed, is offered in English and Spanish. Read more.

Consultation Services
Our Care Consultants provide brain tumor information, support and education for patients, families and health care professionals. Write or call our toll-free CareLine at 800-886-ABTA (2282).


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