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Minds Matter: The Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute

Groundbreaking Research and Compassionate Medical Care for Brain Tumor Patients

No one knows the exact cause of most brain tumors, but each year tens of thousands of patients will receive this alarming diagnosis. In order to bring the latest and best medical care to brain tumor patients, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have formed the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI).

Comprised of experts from a variety of medical and scientific disciplines, the NBTI focuses on identifying and treating brain cancers early, determining factors that contribute to their development, researching new therapies and investigational drugs, developing effective new treatments and enhancing patients’ quality of life.

Among the many promising research projects undertaken at the NBTI is a partnership between James Chandler, MD, surgical director of neuro-oncology and co-director of the NBTI, and Robert Kern, MD, chair of otolaryngology. They are studying a minimally invasive method of brain tumor removal which involves guiding an endoscope through the nose, which permits safer and more complete tumor removal. This minimally invasive surgery gives neurosurgeons the same ability to remove tumors as with open surgery, but the impact on the patient is much less. Surgeons can safely operate on tumors while returning patients to their daily lives sooner.

Benefactor support is crucial to developing better treatments—and someday, a cure—for brain tumors.

Click here to donate to the NBTI,
or contact Holly Gibout to learn more about funding needs in neuro-oncology.