Quest for a Cure: Progress in Cancer Research

Lecture 2: "Learn from the Experts About Brain Cancer"
May 27, 2021

The Quest is an event for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer and wants to learn more about the disease.

Below are the recorded presentations and slides from the virtual public education event.

Surgical Innovations in Brain Tumor Surgery - Thomas Noh, MD, Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Medical Center, & Wilcox Medical Center
Presentation Slides


Radiation therapy for brain cancer: Aiming more to shoot less - Christina Speirs, MD, PhD, Radiation Oncologist, The Cancer Center of Hawaiʻi
Presentation Slides


Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain why surgery is the most modifiable factor in the treatment of brain tumor.
  2. Explain that the current treatment model for primary fast growing brain cancers (high-grade gliomas) is surgery followed by concurrent radiation and chemotherapy.
  3. Discuss the role of radiation therapy for adult and child brain cancer.
  4. Explain how advances in radiation therapy for primary brain cancer now include consideration of genetics, modification of radiation fields and dosing to minimize damage, and risk assessment to omit radiation in low-risk populations.

Participant Resources

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Event Flier

Session with Christina Speirs, MD

Survivorship Guidelines

Other resources

Brain Tumors

Familial and hereditary genetic diseases which increase the risk for brain cancer
Hereditary cancer occurs when a mutated cancer gene is inherited from a parent, resulting in an increased risk for the development of cancer during one’s lifetime. While all inherited cancer disorders increase cancer risk, some are also associated with an increased risk for brain cancer including Lynch syndrome, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP), Von Hippel-Lindau disease, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Fanconi anemia, neurofibromatosis and others. Families with these disorders tend to have an increased number of cancers in each generation, cancers diagnosed at a young age (less than age 50), and family members who have been diagnosed with multiple cancers. While most genetic diseases are rare, some syndromes such as Lynch Syndrome are more common. Genetic counselors are trained medical specialists who can evaluate family history, and when appropriate, provide genetic testing for both patients and individuals concerned about the pattern of cancers within the family. Your primary care provider or physician can provide a referral for genetic counseling.

Learn more about genetic and rare diseases