September e-news

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

This month's news has an article on possible MEMORY IMPAIRMENT in young people following radiation treatment for brain tumours, a STUDY FOR CAREGIVERS being undertaken for people with high grade gliomas, an article about the KETOGENIC DIET, another article about the BENEFITS OF EXERCISE in recovery, particularly recovery from cancer and details of upcoming BTAA PUBLIC and HEALTH PROFESSIONALS FORUMS that might be of interest to the brain tumour community.



Childhood brain tumour treatment impairs new memory formation



Young people who received radiation therapy for the most common paediatric brain tumour struggle to create new memories about specific events, according to a study of children and adolescents published in JNeurosci. Their ability to recall events prior to treatment, however, remains intact.


Read the Article


Study participation for caregivers

Here is some information about an education and support study for carers of people with high grade glioma open to people in NSW and WA

The purpose of this study is to find out if educational material and nursing support may improve the experience of caring for someone with an aggressive brain tumour.



Can Ketogenic diets treat brain cancer?


An article from The Conversation about the possible benefits of the Ketogenic diet. This is quite a detailed study but if you're up for taking it all in, it is interesting.

Read the article...


Exercise and recovery



Another article from The Conversation about the idea of exercise being prescribed as part of recovery from illness.

Read the article...


Brisbane Brain Tumour (Public) Forum


Brain Tumour Alliance Australia and Cancer Council Queensland invite you to attend a free forum for people, and their families and friends, diagnosed with a brain tumour. During this event participants will have the opportunity to gain information and guidance on living well with the diagnosis, as well as share experiences in a safe and supportive group environment.


Topics include:

Be your own best advocate - Latest in treatment for brain tumours - Exercise as medicine - Managing cognitive deficits and fatigue - Patient and carer group sessions

When: Sunday, October 7, 2018 Time: 10am – 2:30pm Where: Cancer Council Queensland 553 Gregory Terrace Fortitude Valley Limited parking available on site. Light refreshments provided. Please indicate if you have any dietary requirements. Please RSVP by Thursday, October 5, 2018.

Click here to register...


Sydney Brain Tumour Forum



If you are a Health Staff member of a Medical Professional, please come along to meet the leaders in the field of Neuro Oncology

When: 10th October 2018 Time: 5 - 8 pm Where: Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, NSW

More information & Events page...


Melbourne Brain Tumour Forum


Finding a proactive approach to patient care

When: Friday 12 October 2018
Time: 2-5pm
Where: Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre
Level 5 145 Studley Road Heidelberg, VIC 3084

This symposium is targeted for those nurses, allied health professional and doctors who come into contact with brain tumour patients as part of their usual practice, regularly or occasionally, and would like to understand more and hear about recent developments in care and treatment.

Professor Terri Armstrong, PhD, Advanced Practice Nurse, researcher and brain cancer specialist will present the keynote address: "Proactive vs Reactive"

An overview of research developments and directions in brain cancer direct from the COGNO Annual Scientific Meeting will be given by Dr Lawrence Cher, and Dianne Legge, Brain Tumour Support Coordinator, will discuss practical strategies on fatigue management in brain cancer.

Register here


Leave BTAA a bequest in your Will


We have had a few requests from supporters on how to leave money to BTAA in their Will, so that BTAA can grow and continue to advocate and support others living with a brain tumour. If you are interested in including BTAA in your Will we have some guidelines on our website

Details here


IBTA e-News

Don't forget the International Brain Tumour Alliance e-News.
(including news of a clinical trial in Australia for elderly GBM patients 65+)

Read the IBTA e-News...



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