Conquering Cancer Series- Battling Brain Cancer

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On May 23, The Cancer Research Institute hosted its second “Conquering Cancer Series” seminar. In front of a crowd of 35+ individuals, Dr. Charles Limoli, Dr. Aaron B. Simon, and Aulton Kohn Jr. discussed the world of tackling Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors from the eyes of a researcher, surgeon, and survivor. Brain and spinal cord tumors are masses of abnormal cells in the brain or spinal cord that have grown out of control.


Using Stem Cell research to unravel the mysteries of brain tumors:

Dr. Charles Limoli’s research lab focuses on the mechanisms regulating stress responses in compromised tissue beds and how stem cells can be used to lessen the severity of radiation- and chemotherapy-induced normal tissue injury in the brain. During his presentation, Dr. Limoli told the interested crowd how stem cells and radiation affects the cells in the brain. He showed informative videos of radiation therapy on lab mice and the long-term effects of radiation dosages on the brain.

Dr. Charles Limoli’s faculty profile: Click Here



Evolution in brain tumor surgery:

While Dr. Limoli explained the research, Dr. Aaron Simon gave an informative presentation on the evolution in the management of brain tumors and what he does to increase the survival of his patients. Dr. Simon specializes in the management of malignant and benign tumors of the brain and spinal cord while also having a keen interest in the treatment of skin cancers and soft tissue sarcomas. During his presentation, Dr. Simon gave a thorough explanation of the dramatic changes that have occurred in the treatment of brain metastases. He explained that from 1980 to 2000, whole brain radiation was the standard treatment, but in the past 20 years, with vastly improved imaging and technology, radiosurgery has made precision within a millimeter.

Dr. Aaron Simon’s presentation: Click Here



Brain Tumor Survivor Journey:

Aulton Kohn Jr., Strategic Operations Manager for the Cancer Research Institute, was the final part of the discussion. Mr. Kohn gave an inside look at the journey he took from first experiencing certain symptoms to the discovery of his brain tumor and treatment. During his discussion, he relayed the message of the importance of having a strong support system and that you are not in it alone.

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