Kasich Designates May 4-10 as Brain Tumor Awareness Week in Ohio

Kasich Designates May 4 10 as Brain Tumor Awareness Week in Ohio

In connection with National Brain Tumor Awareness Month (May), and at the request of the OSUCCC – James, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a resolution designating the first full week of May (May 4-10) as Brain Tumor Awareness Week statewide. The resolution was developed with help from OSUCCC – James Government Affairs staff and Vinay Puduvalli, MBBS, professor and director of the Department of Neuro-Oncology at Ohio State.

The designation stems from a need for greater public awareness of brain tumors, including warning signs, treatment options, clinical trials and opportunities for advances in brain tumor research. More than 23,000 new cases of brain and other central nervous system (CNS) cancers are expected in the United States in 2014, along with an estimated 14,000 deaths from these malignancies.

Researchers are exploring the use of novel approaches, such as targeted therapy, gene therapy, immunotherapy and vaccine therapy, for treating these malignancies. However, despite advances in the understanding of brain cancer biology, diagnosis and treatment that have improved the quality of life for these patients, long-term survival rates for brain and other CNS cancers have not improved greatly. Moreover, the cure rate for most brain tumors is significantly lower than for many other cancers.