Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

National Brain Tumor Federation, UM/Sylvester, do Workshop for Caregivers of Brain Tumor Patients

05.23.2005

A workshop specifically designed for caregivers of loved ones with brain tumors will be held Saturday, June 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Westin Hotel, 400 Corporate Drive, Fort Lauderdale. The event is free and is sponsored by the National Brain Tumor Federation (NBTF), the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Schering Oncology.

Information will be provided on the medical aspects of brain tumors, psychological changes, common symptoms and side effects, community resources, importance of support networks, care for the home-bound, and legal and insurance issues.

Presenters from UM/Sylvester include Deborah Heros, M.D., director, Neuro-Oncology, and co-leader, Neurological Cancer Site Disease Group; Fariba Ostovary, A.R.N.P., nurse practitioner counselor, and Lourdes Grenier, L.C.S.W., social worker, both from the Courtelis Center for Psychosocial Oncology. Also presenting are Kenneth Goodman, Ph.D., director, Bioethics Program, and co-director, Ethics Program, University of Miami, and Alexandra Villegas, P.T., physical therapist, Jackson Memorial Hospital.

“Many people are unprepared for the often formidable task of caring for someone they love who has a brain tumor,” explains Heros. “This workshop not only teaches professional-level skills in caregiving, but also gives participants the opportunity to meet other caregivers for sharing support and advice and widen their pool of available resources.”

A highlight of the event will be a concert by David M. Bailey, a brain cancer survivor and nationally recognized folk singer and guitarist. This special concert will reflect Bailey’s keen insights about time, hope, faith, and dreams. Although the workshop is designed for caregivers only, patients, friends, and family members are invited to the concert, which begins at 4:30 p.m.

The workshop includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. Advance registration is required by calling NBTF at 1-800-934-2873, ext. 103, or by emailing patterson@braintumor.org. For additional information call the division of Neuro-Oncology at UM/Sylvester at 305-243-4235.

UM/Sylvester was founded in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. UM/Sylvester handles more than 1,300 inpatient admissions annually, performs 2,900 surgical procedures, and treats 3,000 new cancer patients. All UM/Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, UM/Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in more than 150 clinical trials and receive more than $31 million annually in research grants. UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach recently opened to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties. This 10,000-square-foot facility at I-95 and S.W. 10th Street offers appointments with physicians from six cancer specialties, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events.

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