Whether you're a newly diagnosed brain tumour patient, a survivor, or a friend or relative of either, this book offers support and guidance. The Second Edition of 100 Questions & Answers About Brain Tumours continues the successful doctor-patient collaboration, providing authoritative, practical answers to your questions regarding diagnostic testing, treatment options, clinical trials, and much more.
Dr. Stark-Vance and M.L. Dubay discuss the latest brain tumour therapies, including the new anti-angiogenesis drugs and brain tumour vaccines. New illustrations throughout, from pathology to PET scans, help you gain a clearer understanding of how brain tumours differ and what makes these differences important in making treatment decisions.
100 Questions & Answers About Brain Tumors, Second Edition is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of this frightening disease.
Table of Contents:
Part 1 The Basics
Part 2 Diagnosis and Pathology
Part 3 Neuroimaging
Part 4 Neurosurgery
Part 5 Radiation Therapy
Part 6 Chemotherapy and Other Drug Therapy
Part 7 Clinical Trials for Brain Tumour Patients
Part 8 Complications of Brain Tumours and Their Treatment
Part 9 Medications Used in Brain Tumour Treatment
Part 10 Living With a Brain Tumour
Part 11 Taking Control of Your Future
About the Authors:
Virginia Stark-Vance, MD,
Dr. Stark-Vance is a medical oncologist in solo practice in Dallas and Fort Worth. Dr. Stark-Vance received her training in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Following her fellowship, she served as a clinical investigator at the Cancer Treatment Evaluation Program of NCI and as protocol chairman for clinical trials for primary central nervous system lymphoma and ocular lymphoma. Since her return to her home state of Texas in 1996, she has continued to develop clinical trials for malignant glioma as well as lecture widely on treatment options for primary and metastatic brain tumours. Her work has been published in Journal of Clinical Oncology and Neuro-Oncology, and she is the editor of an web site for brain tumour patients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, www.dfw-neuronetwork.com.
Mary Louise Dubay
Mary Louise (ML) Dubay graduated with honours from the University of Tennessee in 1987 and lives in Plano, Texas, with her husband Duane and their dog Smokey. ML was diagnosed with an anaplastic oligodendroglioma in July of 2000. After successful surgery to remove the tumour, she underwent seven weeks of radiation therapy, and after responding favourably to two years of chemotherapy she has been able to discontinue most treatments. To this date, she remains cancer free. With the support of her co-author and medical team, ML was able to return to her career in January 2001 as Vice President of Marketing for Nortel Networks in Richardson, TX. She is a vocal advocate of brain tumour survivor support organizations and is a founding member of the survivorship program at the Baylor Richardson Cancer Centre in Richardson, TX. One of her goals, through this book, is to be able to help others realize the importance of a positive attitude and how it can provide strength, courage, and hope to those that are fighting the battle of brain cancer.