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Microscopic vs. Endoscopic Approaches for Craniopharyngiomas Microscopic vs. Endoscopic Approaches for Craniopharyngiomas
The authors review and compare the endoscopic endonasal and traditional open microsurgical approaches to craniopharyngioma surgery. How should a decision be made as to the appropriate strategy?Neurosurgical Focus (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Journal Article Source Type: news

ASTRO: SRS better than whole-brain radiotherapy
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) outperforms whole-brain radiotherapy in patients...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ASTRO, AANS to launch stereotactic radiosurgery registry Leave out WBRT for younger brain cancer patients Real-time dose monitoring tool enhances VMAT radiotherapy QA Limited RT for brain metastases improves QOL, survival Cyst drainage + SRS treats craniopharyngioma in adults (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 26, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ASTRO: SRS decreases local brain tumor recurrence
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for brain metastases decreases the likelihood...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ASTRO, AANS to launch stereotactic radiosurgery registry Leave out WBRT for younger brain cancer patients Real-time dose monitoring tool enhances VMAT radiotherapy QA Limited RT for brain metastases improves QOL, survival Cyst drainage + SRS treats craniopharyngioma in adults (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 26, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Liability suit seeks change to informed consent
A case before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania could have major implications on how physicians obtain informed consent prior to a surgery. At stake inShinal v. Toms, is whether a patient ’s informed consent to surgery can be predicated on information provided in part by a physician’s assistant, as opposed to just the physician. Both the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act (MCARE) and common law have made it the physician’s duty to see that the proper informati on is conveyed, but the question is whether delegating tasks to qualified professionals is also within the bounds of the law and...
Source: AMA Wire - August 20, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Targeted treatment produces rapid shrinkage of recurrent, BRAF-mutant brain tumor
Investigators report the first successful use of a targeted therapy to treat a patient with BRAF-mutant craniopharyngioma, a debilitating, recurrent brain tumor. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 6, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Targeted treatment produces rapid shrinkage of recurrent, BRAF-mutant brain tumor
(Massachusetts General Hospital) Massachusetts General Hospital investigators report the first successful use of a targeted therapy to treat a patient with BRAF-mutant craniopharyngioma, a debilitating, recurrent brain tumor. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 6, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Pediatric cancer patients’ art exhibit shows courage and creativity
The artist Henri Matisse once said, “Creativity takes courage.” So does facing cancer as a child. Cancer, creativity and courage merged at a recent exhibit of art by patients of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Here is a sampling of the patients’ work and what they say about it. Nate Cavallo, 14, of Lexington, Massachusetts Sarcoma Photographs These were taken on my Make-A-Wish trip to Moorea in French Polynesia. My goal was to experience a magical underwater world, which I’d often dreamed of seeing. It’s great I was able to capture this once-in-a-lifetim...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 13, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Irene Sege Tags: Cancer Our patients’ stories Source Type: news

Multi-institutional team finds targetable mutation in rare brain tumor
(Massachusetts General Hospital) A team led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Broad Institute has found that a gene mutation associated with several types of cancer also may be responsible for a rare but debilitating brain tumor called papillary craniopharyngioma. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 12, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Mutated stem cells trigger pituitary tumours in children (Medical Xpress, 7 October 2013)
A UK study published in Cell Stem Cell  investigates the developmental origins of adamantinomatous craniopharyngioma. Full article (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - October 9, 2013 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Bariatric surgery in craniopharyngioma
Weismann and colleagues retrospectively analysed the effectiveness of different kinds of bariatric surgery in patients with craniopharyngioma. They found that no significant body weight loss resulted from laproscopic gastric banding or laproscopic sleeve gastrectomy in young adults with craniopharyngioma-associated obesity. Read the full article in Weismann et al. (2013) Clinical Endocrinology 78 385?390 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2265.2012.04409.x (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - March 13, 2013 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news