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06/03/08 - Lufkin

Lufkin Doctor Discusses Brain Cancer

Senator Edward Kennedy has been in the news lately after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

The type of tumor he has, a Malignant Glioma, is particularly fatal... with most people surviving for just a few months after diagnosis.

But what kind of care is available to brain cancer patients?  Dr. Sidney Roberts with the Arthur Temple Sr. Cancer Center says that with brain cancer, treatment hasn't changed in about 20 years... and no matter where you go, the treatment will be about the same.

"Overall survival rates for this type of tumor aren't great. Whether you seek treatment in Boston, or Duke, or Houston, or Lufkin, Texas.">

Dr. Roberts also said that the type of brain tumor that Senator Kennedy has is fairly rare.

In 2006, the Arthur Temple Sr. Cancer Center saw just six brain tumor patients.

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