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Bonnie Hunt Among Featured Guests at Fundraiser for New Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute

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August 26, 2009

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When well known figures are afflicted with illness, it catches people’s attention. As was the case as the world learned of Sen. Edward Kennedy’s diagnosis of a glioblastoma, one of the most common—and among the deadliest—types of cancerous brain tumors.  Despite advancements in treatment, most adults with glioblastomas survive less than two years post diagnosis. Improving such startling outcomes is the focus of experts from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Together they have formed the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute, which emphasizes cutting-edge scientific and clinical research for the emergence of more therapeutic approaches that preserve quality of life while taking every measure possible to extend life. To anchor the Institute’s first foray for large-scale awareness, they’ve called upon the assistance of a former, quite famous, colleague and friend Bonnie Hunt, in hopes of garnering lots of attention for the great need to advance research and treatment options to improve survival rates.

This fall on September 29th, the former oncology nurse turned actress and talk show host will emcee a fundraising benefit at the Palmer House in downtown Chicago. The event will honor those personally affected by brain and spinal tumors and highlight the programmatic strengths that have converged within the new Institute.

Led by co-directors James Chandler, MD, director of surgical neuro-oncology at Northwestern Memorial and associate professor of neurological surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jeffrey Raizer, MD, director of the hospital’s medical neuro-oncology division and associate professor of neurology at the Feinberg School of Medicine, the three arms of the Institute are surgery, medical treatment and clinical trials, and basic clinical research, the latter of which is directed by Markus Bredel, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurological surgery at Feinberg. These three related, yet diverse, disciplines infuse new knowledge and perspectives into cancer care and translational science efforts.

For more information about the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute and its fall fundraiser visit us online at www.braintumorinstitute.org or call 312-926-2033.


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Megan McCann

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