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Dr. Mazen Kamen and Face2Face host David Peck talk about the complexity of the Brain, emotions, faith and grief, making good choices, chronic illness, the tip of the research iceberg and diseases that are no longer death sentences.

About the Foundation:

The Kamen Brain Tumor Foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the treatment and survival of children with glioma brain tumors through the funding of pediatric glioma brain tumor research. Our Scientific Advisory Board consists of leading experts in the field of pediatric glioma brain tumors who provide insight and guidance into the most promising research opportunities that examine causes as well as safer, more effective treatment options. Our objective is to cure children with glioma brain tumors.

The Kamen Brain Tumor Foundation was created with one mission, to cure brain tumors in children. Dr. Mazen Kamen began the foundation shortly after losing his 19 month old son to brain cancer. The Foundation provides funding for cutting edge research programs aimed at finding promising treatment for children with glioma brain tumors. One funded program utilizes brain cells from current glioma patients which are used to grow miniature three dimensional human brain like structures know as cerebral organoids. When mature, tumors are introduced to the organoids, allowing doctors to use experimental treatments on DNA identical replicas.

Among children ages 0-14, brain and central nervous system tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths. There are about 28,000 children and teenagers living in the United States with primary brain or central nervous system tumors and an estimated 4,600 more children will be diagnosed each year. The high death toll reveals a need to quickly find more effective treatment options and a cure.

Learn more about the foundation here.

About Dr. Kamen:

Dr. Kamen, MD is a practicing Cardiologist (Heart Specialist) in New York, NY. Dr. Kamen graduated from New York University School of Medicine in 1983 and has been in practice for 36 years.

He completed a residency at New York University. Dr. Kamen also specializes in Internal Medicine. Dr. Kamen accepts multiple insurance plans including Medicare. Dr. Kamen is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease.

Image Copyright: The Kamen Brain Tumor Foundation. Used with permission.

F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.

For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

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