1

TAKE A

DEEP BREATH

MOST BRAIN TUMORS DON'T REQUIRE AN IMMEDIATE INTERVENTION. YOU MOST LIKELY HAVE SEVERAL DAYS OR LONGER TO FIND THE RIGHT MEDICAL TEAM. IF YOU ALREADY HAVE BEEN TREATED AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL, CONSIDER REACHING OUT TO A HOSPITAL THAT SPECIALIZES IN TREATING BRAIN TUMORS FOR YOUR FOLLOW UP CARE.

2

DECIDE WHAT'S

IMPORTANT TO YOU

HOW DO YOU WANT TO LIVE YOUR LIFE WITH BRAIN CANCER? ARE YOU WILLING TO TAKE ACTIVE MEASURES TO FIGHT THE DISEASE? THERE'S NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY, BUT MAKE CONSCIOUS AND KNOWING DECISIONS SO YOU UNDERSTAND THE TRADEOFFS.

3

ORGANIZE YOUR

SUPPORT TEAM

THIS DIAGNOSIS IS TOO DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH BY YOURSELF. DRAW UPON THE HELP OF YOUR DOCTORS, YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND ACCELERATE BRAIN CANCER CURE.

4

EDUCATE

YOURSELF

5

GATHER AN ALL-STAR

TREATMENT TEAM

YOU WANT TO BE UNDER THE CARE OF TOP DOCTORS WHO WORK WITH BRAIN TUMOR PATIENTS ALL THE TIME. ACCELERATE BRAIN CANCER CURE HAS A LIST OF CENTERS THAT SPECIALIZE IN BRAIN TUMOR TREATMENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

6

CREATE A TREATMENT PLAN

WITH YOUR DOCTOR

BASED ON YOUR TUMOR IMAGING, SURGERY AND PATHOLOGY, UNDERSTAND YOUR TREATMENT OPTIONS TODAY AND IN THE FUTURE. THE PLAN SHOULD INCLUDE CARE THAT PROMOTES YOUR PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING.

7

CONSIDER JOINING

A CLINICAL TRIAL

CLINICAL TRIALS PROVIDE PATIENTS WITH ACCESS TO EMERGING, PROMISING THERAPIES. BE SURE TO ASK YOUR NEURO-ONCOLOGIST ABOUT SPECIFIC CLINICAL TRIALS AIMED AT TREATING YOUR PARTICULAR TUMOR TYPE.

8

OWN YOUR

HEALTH RECORDS

GET COPIES OF ALL YOUR MEDICAL REPORTS. AFTER EACH APPOINTMENT OR TEST, ASK YOUR DOCTOR TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A COPY AND SAVE IT.

9

OWN YOUR

TUMOR TISSUE

IT BELONGS TO YOU AND IS ESSENTIAL TO DETERMINING THE BEST TREATMENT. ASK YOUR NEUROSURGEON TO SAVE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF BOTH TUMOR AND NORMAL TISSUE. INSIST THAT IT BE USED ONLY WITH YOUR CONSENT AND FOR YOUR HEALTH.

10

TEST YOUR TUMOR'S

GENETIC MAKEUP

ASK YOUR DOCTORS TO GENETICALLY ANALYZE YOUR TUMOR. TESTING FOR SPECIFIC GENE MUTATIONS CAN BETTER GUIDE YOUR TREATMENT OPTIONS.