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March 17 & 18, 2008—Brain Tumor Quality of Life Research Summit

2008 Quality of Life SummitOn March 17 and 18th, a team of 28 multi-disciplinary cancer researchers, clinicians and patient advocates joined the Tug McGraw Foundation for the first ever Brain Tumor Quality of Life Research Summit.

Quality of life research in brain tumors is currently under-funded and under-resourced. The Tug McGraw Foundation looks forward to partnering with these leaders to guide the discussion and direction of scientific studies that are so critical to individuals with brain tumors and their families.

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October 2007—John Sampson, MD, PhD, receives Researcher of the Year award!

John Sampson, MD, PhD, has received the Tug McGraw Researcher of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements in the area of brain tumor research. He is an associate professor of surgery in the Division of Neurosurgery and associate deputy director of the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. 

John Sampson, MD, PhDDr. Sampson is being recognized for developing vaccines that work by enlisting the assistance of the immune system in fighting off brain cancer cell growth. He and his colleagues have published pre-clinical and clinical data suggesting that vaccines may be very useful in the fight against brain tumors, and several late-phase clinical trials are currently underway at Duke, the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and other leading institutions testing the efficacy of vaccines in patients. A Phase III trial, sponsored by Celldex Therapeutics, is currently underway.

"I believe the work we are doing with vaccines is very promising and supports the foundation's mission of finding better ways to treat this devastating disease," Sampson said. 





December 2006—Diet, Exercise, and Complementary Therapies After Primary Treatment for Cancer

Each year, over ten million people are diagnosed with cancer worldwide. Given significant improvements in early detection and treatment, increasing numbers of patients can expect to be alive in five years. With improving longevity, the late-occurring adverse effects of cancer and its treatment are becoming increasingly apparent. As in other clinical populations, healthy lifestyle behaviors encompassing regular exercise, weight control, healthy nutrition, and other related complementary practices have the potential to significantly reduce cancer treatment-associated morbidity and mortality in cancer survivors.  Read more...


November 15, 2006Tug McGraw Research Center Study Reveals Caregivers Experiencing Elevated Stress Levels

Dr. Steve Keir, Co-Director of the Tug McGraw Research Center for the Quality of Life program at Duke University, has documented that a high percentage of the caregiver population report experiencing elevated levels of stress.  Read more...


October 5, 2006How Families Function After a Child’s Diagnosis with Brain Cancer

Dr. Melanie Bonner, the Director of Pediatric Research for the Quality of Life program at Duke University, discusses recent developments in survivorship issues and current studies focused on support for the parents and caregivers of children diagnosed with brain tumors. Read more...


May 15, 2006Brain Tumor Patients Motivated to Exercise

A "relatively high" percentage of brain tumor patients are exercising—before and after diagnosis and treatment—at the recommended levels, a much higher percentage than patients with other forms of cancer, suggest the results of a survey of 106 brain tumor patients treated at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Read more...




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