According to U.S. News and World Report, more than 180,000 brain tumors (malignant and benign) are diagnosed each year. Brain tumors account for 25% of all cancers in children. Our featured guest this week underwent a craniotomy in 2012, at the young age of 17, to remove a grade II astrocytoma. The tumor type grows relatively slowly and usually doesn't have well-defined borders. Due to its infiltrative nature, recurrences are relatively common.
Catherine Blotner is a patient advocate for the young adult cancer community. As a featured guest on the Cure Magazine weekly Twitter chat, she shared the side effects of treatment and the impacts at home and school. In this episode, we'll chat with Catherine about the day-to-day issues young adults with brain tumors face, along with managing worry and fear of recurrence.
Not only has Catherine survived her ordeal, she is thriving. She has created a platform and uses her experience with her brain tumor to provide support, spread information about, and make resources readily accessible for others who have been affected by cancer.
Connect with Catherine: On Twitter @Cblotner_ YouTube at http://youtube.com/masskicker95
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