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Ian Youngblood is Thriving After Brain Cancer Diagnosis
In the spring of 2020, 29-year-old nurse and former firefighter, Ian Youngblood was on the frontlines in New York helping with the influx of COVID-19 patients. While he was there, Ian began experiencing some alarming symptoms. Within days, he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Now, Ian's prognosis is stable and he is back to living a busy and active lifestyle.
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StacheStrong Supports Innovative Glioblastoma Research at the Ivy Brain Tumor Center
The Gerner family of New York founded StacheStrong in honor of GJ Gerner who was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Since 2019, StacheStrong has raised over $1.5M to fund clinical trials and research grants all going towards brain cancer research. Read about the Gerner family’s inspirational story.
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Ivy Brain Tumor Center To Present 11 Abstracts at the 2021 SNO Annual Meeting
At the 26th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO), the Ivy Brain Tumor Center’s team of brain tumor specialists and scientists will be giving 11 presentations based on our preclinical and clinical research findings. The abstracts were published in the journal of Neuro-Oncology.
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Tips for Avoiding Caregiver Burnout
November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the tremendous impact caregivers have on their families and to support them in their caregiving journey. To offer support to these selfless individuals, we have compiled practical tips and resources to help caregivers thrive and avoid burnout during this pivotal time. 
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Staff Spotlight: Costanza Lo Cascio
As a PhD candidate in our preclinical lab, Costanza Lo Cascio has dedicated years towards studying glioblastoma. Costanza's research paper was recently published and identified a specific enzyme that can be exploited to develop more targeted therapies when treating this deadly cancer.
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In Arizona, The Fight Against Brain Cancer is Personal
Even as someone whose resilient spirit had been the hallmark of their public image, Senator John McCain was sadly no match for glioblastoma. On the second anniversary of his passing, we honor McCain's legacy by continuing to push for increased awareness and support for research so others can have a fighting chance at this deadly disease.
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Glioblastoma Patient Story: UK Mother Finds Hope in Arizona at Ivy Brain Tumor Center
In December 2019, Louise Hulme, a mother of two living in the United Kingdom, was diagnosed with glioblastoma. Like many of us, Louise spent a majority of the following year in lockdown due to COVID-19; however, what Louise did with her time was something very unique.
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Staff Spotlight: Ernesto Luna Melendez
As a research technician in our preclinical lab, Ernesto Luna Melendez assists in the analysis of a patient's tumor and evaluates whether novel treatment regiments are effective in killing glioblastoma cells. Learn more about Ernesto's work at the Ivy Center and his inspirations for joining the neuroscience field.
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John VanGundy’s Battle with Glioblastoma
In August of 2019, John VanGundy went to his primary care doctor for what he thought to be a simple sinus infection. He later learned his symptoms were being caused by something much more serious – a malignant brain tumor.
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Making a Difference on Glioblastoma Awareness Day 2022
Glioblastoma Awareness Day (GBM Day) is dedicated to increasing public awareness of glioblastoma brain cancer.
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