Recent news and conversations across social media has churned up a lot of concern and fear over glioblastoma (GBM) tumors. (Update – 11/4/14 – National Brain Tumor Society’s Chief Research Officer, Carrie Treadwell, speaks to NBC.com about why glioblastoma is so challenging to treat). And while we know all too well it’s the deadliest form of brain cancer with dismal survival rates, we also want the public to know how the National Brain Tumor Society is working to improve the lives of glioblastoma patients today.
As the largest brain tumor nonprofit in the United States our mission is to find a cure and improve the lives of those living with a brain tumor. This includes glioblastoma, which is why one of our core programs (to date) is focused on this tumor type.
Leveraging unprecedented collaboration among the world’s leading researchers in brain tumors and cancer, the Defeat GBM Research Collaborative aims to double the five-year survival rate of patients in just five years. Or more simply put, we want glioblastoma patients to start living longer, NOW. And while our mission for a cure to brain tumors remains unchanged, the National Brain Tumor Society is also committed to delivering progress to current patients, too. We hope our efforts provide additional hope to each patient and their caregivers, family, and friends.
You can also check out these other resources for patients and caregivers which are available on our website at www.braintumor.org/help