Humanizing Brain Tumors

Strategies for You and Your Physician

by Jonathan A. Forbes , MDAbdelkader Mahammedi , MDSoma Sengupta , MD, PhD, FRCP

In Humanizing Brain Tumors: Strategies for You and Your Physician, Doctors Forbes, Mahammedi, and Sengupta present the stories of nine individuals diagnosed with brain tumors. These journeys detail the lived experiences of patients and their loved ones, from presentation of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment. The cases and the accompanying compendium offer insight and guidance to anyone living with, caring for, or treating those with brain tumors. Written with a humanistic, yet realistic touch, the authors have created a resource that reminds readers of the important partnership between doctors and patients in medical care.

Jonathan Forbes, MD, is a fellowship trained, board-certified neurosurgeon. Currently, Dr. Forbes is an assistant professor and program director for UC’s Department of Neurosurgery.

Abdelkader Mahammedi, MD, is an assistant professor of Neuroradiology at the University of Cincinnati and the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute.

Soma Sengupta, MD, PhD, FRCP, is board certified in both Neurology and neuro-oncology. Dr. Sengupta is the Harold C. Schott Endowed Chair of Molecular Therapeutics & the Associate Director of the Univ. of Cincinnati Brain Tumor Center.

Front cover image by Shivani Ghoshal, MD

Background image:
Untitled, Mixed Media Work on Wooden Canvas

(Acrylic, Broadcloth & Chemotherapy Vials)

by Columbus Cook (subject of Chapter 2)

from the Collection of Columbus Cook Holdings

Cover design by Julie Rushing

Praise for Humanizing Brain Tumors: Strategies for You and Your Physician

"A very readable book filled with stories of real people with brain tumors and their responses to treatments. Kudos to the editors. They have produced a small book that is easy to read and transmits lots of information in an interesting way."

—Louis R. Caplan, MD, Professor of Neurology Harvard Medical School

"Excellent for any new brain tumor patient, with insights on how some patients cope with the diagnosis. And remain productive. A really good read."

—Alan Jobe, MD, PhD, Professor, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, GB M survivor

"Documents the incredible courage and fortitude of the patients and recount how they coped with adversity. A humanistic approach to the subject which will be inspiring for others with tumors of the nervous system.."

—Michael Rontal, MD, Professor of Neurology, BIDMC, Harvard Medical School

"Gratitude goes out to the authors for opening windows to the consciousness of their patients who courageously share their teaching stories. Memorializing the mysteries of the human brain through these remarkable experiences [published in open access] provide hope for all."

—John M. Tew, Jr. MD, Professor, College of Medicine and VP /Exec. Dir., Community Health, University of Cincinnati Health


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