Brain Cancer: Recent Advances in Treatment

An University of Edinburgh public engagement event

Join us for a public engagement event, hosted by Professor John Smyth, Assistant Principal for Cancer Research.

The speakers will be:

  • Dr Robin Grant, Lead Clinician Edinburgh Centre for Neuro-Oncology
  • Professor Ian Whittle, Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Dr Sara Erridge, Consultant Oncologist
Brain Cancer: Recent Advances in TreatmentWednesday 29 February 2012, 6pm - 8pmGeorge Square Lecture Theatre, George Square, Edinburgh
This is a free but ticketed event. There will be tea and coffee available on arrival.
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The brain is the most complex and highly developed organ in the body. Brain tumours are rare, but are a common worry in patients with headache, memory problems, seizures, and other symptoms. When surgery for a brain tumour is contemplated, it is important to know where key areas of brain function are situated. New surgical techniques assist the brain surgeon in deciding how surgery might help remove a tumour safely and as completely as possible. Professor Ian Whittle (Professor of Neurosurgery) will describe some of the techniques he uses in Edinburgh to operate safely in eloquent areas, including the use of awake-neurosurgery, neuro-navigation and use of 3D intra-operative ultrasound.

Some tumours in or around the brain will require further treatment with radiotherapy. Scientific advances in targeting radiotherapy are now available in Edinburgh. Dr Sara Erridge (Consultant Oncologist), will talk about the new Novalis machine and how it will improve accuracy and make it possible to treat certain types of brain tumours in just a single session destroying tumour cells and avoiding surrounding healthy tissue.

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