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CUH leads advances in brain tumour management

International specialists in oncology praised Cork University Hospital’s (CUH) Neuro-Oncology Group for their management  and treatment of brain tumours in Ireland at a major conference last week.

CUH, one of just two centres in the country for the investigation and management of patients suspected of having a brain or spinal tumour, treats patients from around one-third of the counties in Ireland as part of the National Brain Tumour Programme with Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

At the conference, organised by the Neuro-Oncology Group, Dr Catherine Keohane, Chairperson of the Group, revealed that a number of new appointments in the specialty have been approved by the HSE, including a National Clinical Lead in neurosurgery, with commitments to both CUH and Beaumont.  “We were delighted to host this event, and at the level of interest shown by the large attendance.

The advances in brain tumour diagnosis and management have been enormous in the past few years,” said Dr Keohane. “The Neuro-Oncology Group also has a very close liaison with the cancer centres in Limerick and Waterford, so that patients requiring radiation and chemotherapy living near these centres can receive their appropriate treatment close to their homes.”

Keynote speaker Dr Fred Hochberg, a renowned neuro-oncologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, US, praised the service at CUH, particularly the treatment available for lymphomas of the nervous system and eye.  “Systemic and brain lymphoma represents one of the few curable forms of cancer, and perhaps there are lessons from these tumours which can be applied to other neurological illnesses such as multiple sclerosis or viral infections,” said Dr Hochberg.

“It is a tribute to CUH that the brain tumour group recognise this and are active in taking care of patients with these diseases.”  Attended by more than 90 doctors, nurses, researchers, and other scientists from around the world, the conference was addressed by experts from Ireland, the UK and the US.

The Neuro-Oncology Group comprises specialists in neurosurgery, neuroradiology, neurology, radiation oncology, neuropathology, and specialist brain tumour nurses. They have developed a database now encompassing almost 750 patients, most of whom have malignant brain tumours.  The use of the database will be important in predicting future trends and outcomes for patients with brain tumours and collaborations are now being planned for entry into clinical trials, said Dr Keohane.



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