An Early Report on Senator Kennedy’s Glioma


We all are in rapt attention to the surgery and treatment planning for Senator Edward Kennedy’s glioblastoma. In neurorehabilitation, we look at brain function and know that the treatment for brain cancers leave individuals with deficits. Yesterday, the Senator underwent an awake craniotomy, a procedure designed to spare damage to areas of the brain responsible for speech which were close to the Senator’s tumor site. A neuropsychologist assisted during the procedure by asking questions of the Senator while the neurosurgeons probed the areas surrounding the tumor. At the American Society for Clinical Oncology meeting, Mark R. Gilbert, M.D. of the M.D. Anderson Center in Houston hosted a meeting with members of the press who were covering the ASCO meeting. Dr. Gilbert’s response to the questions asked provide some very excellent information about the treatment of glioblastoma.
Click below to play Dr. Gilbert’s press conference.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.
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