October e-News

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Welcome to the Brain Tumour Alliance Australia (BTAA) e-News
(October 2018)

October's e-News has another article about exercise, this time about WALKING our way to brain health, a CURE MY BRAIN fundraiser you may be interested in, an interesting account from a friend of BTAA about their son's journey with MEDICINAL CANNABIS, an announcement from the Federal Government about some CLINICAL TRIALS funding, some information that may be useful if you are considering GAMMA KNIFE treatment, the BUILDING THE BRIDGE project that you may be able to participate in and to honour our carers and to acknowledge NATIONAL CARERS WEEK (14-20 October), we have DANIELLE'S STORY, they are our heroes.

Walk your way to better brain health

Dr Norman Doidge, author of "The Brain's way of Healing", said that if there is a panecea in medicine, it's walking. Well here is yet another article on the subject. Good for the body and mind so it states. Make up your own mind.

Read the Article

Building the Bridge

‘Building the Bridge’: Finding information and support and creating a life after brain cancer.

Can you help us figure out what should be included?

This project aims to develop a number of information resources specifically for brain tumour survivors (grade 2 and 3). These resources will help people back into community life after a brain tumour diagnosis and support self-management. The resources will also provide a useful tool for health professionals to use in survivorship conversations.


Perhaps we need to talk about Cannabis
A friend of BTAA was asked to write about their experience with medicinal cannabis and the effect it has had on their son's recovery and treatment. Here is their well researched and thoughtful account. We recognise that this is a controversial subject but it is a common topic of discussion within the brain tumour community. We don't shy away from discussing controversial issues however we do recommend that should you be considering medicinal cannabis that you discuss it with your doctor.

While it’s generally accepted within the medical community that cannabis may have a good effect on alleviating symptoms there is currently no evidence that it affects brain tumours.
Read the article...

 Monique and Doug Thompson Gamma Knife Fund
Here is some very useful information for those interested in, or enquiring about, Gamma Knife treatment. Established as part of the Monique and Doug Thompson Gamma Knife Fund, it enables patients, who otherwise would not be able to afford treatment, to receive financial support for Gamma Knife treatment at Macquarie University Hospital.

$10 million for six new clinical trials
The Australian Government is investing $10 million to fund six new rare cancer and rare disease clinical trials, including for Glioblastoma, focused on turning the tide on low survival through testing new treatments.

Cure My Brain Sporty Lunch
We are happy to promote the Cure My Brain Foundation's efforts to raise money for families of children with brain cancer. They also donate, each year, a percentage of what they raise, to the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, to be used for either research or the purchase of equipment.
They have an upcoming event in Sydney, on the 16th November, that sounds like a lot of fun.
More information...

Lyn Williams Award presented at the COGNO Conference
We are proud to let you know about BTAA Committee Member Billy Williams' presentation of the Lynnette Williams Award for Supportive Care at the recent COGNO Conference in Brisbane. We'll provide more detail in the upcoming Brain Tumour Research and Trials special e-News edition.

Danielle's Story
Christmas is supposed to be such a wonderful time of year, not a time when you find out your boyfriend has brain cancer.
Read Danielle's story here
Visit Danielle's Instagram Fundraising page

IBTA e-News
Don't forget the International Brain Tumour Alliance e-News.
Read the IBTA e-News...

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