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Insights Into Cancer – January 12, 2016

Cancer of the Brain: Primary Tumors and other Metastatic Disease

Presented by Phioanh (Leia) Nghiemphu, MD

About The Lecture

Brain cancer has always been a challenging cancer. In the last decade, however, there have been many advances that have changed how brain cancers are understood and treated. Treatments for brain cancer are more hopeful but, more importantly, we are gaining a better understanding of the molecular biology surrounding effective treatment for individuals based upon the genetic make-up of the tumor. Dr. Nghiemphu provides an update on various important molecular markers found in brain cancers that offer insight into choosing the most effective therapeutic interventions. Dr. Nghiemphu also elaborates on new approaches being used to define the latest targets in brain cancer and how to individualize care based upon this approach. In addition, while brain metastases are different than primary tumors of the brain, Dr. Nghiemphu also discusses effective management of these tumors. Dr. Nghiemphu will also discuss the process to improve the quality of care for patients with brain tumors.

About The Speaker

Dr. Nghiemphu is an Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is the Director of the Neuro-Oncology Clinical Service at UCLA and has been part of the Neuro-Oncology team for over 10 years. She is also the Director of Operations for the Brain Tumor Center which is an interdisciplinary program composed of expert physician, research, nursing and administrative staff, all exclusively focused on providing each patient with the highest level of clinical care and support, uniquely tailored to his or her individual needs. Dr. Nghiemphu is dedicated to research in developing new molecular based, targeted treatments for patients with brain tumors as well as quality improvements to deliver compassionate and best value care for all patients with brain tumors.

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