Brain and Spinal Tumors

Brain-Tumor-HeadachesBrain Tumors are among the scariest of neurological conditions.  There are over 120 types of brain and central nervous system tumors and they are very different for each person.   They form in different areas, develop from different cell types and may have different treatment options. 70,000 primary brain tumors are diagnosed annually.  A primary brain tumor is one that originates in the brain and is not the result of a disease or condition that has spread from another part of the body.   Approximately 35% of these primary tumors are malignant, but nearly 2/3rds are benign and slow growing. (Sources:  SEER & NPCR, 2013; National Brain Tumor Society).

CNI can help you find the best diagnostic and treatment options available, while surrounding you and your caregivers/loved ones in a supportive, family-like environment that can provide invaluable resources to you.   YOU ARE NOT ALONE.    In addition to helping you find the best physicians and surgeons available, CNI services include the following: 

COLORADO NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE’S SERVICES:

Counseling and Care Coordination: CNI offers a full menu of support and care to patients and families as they absorb the news of their diagnosis and learn to live with new realities. more info

Neuro Rehabilitation: CNI’s rehab team focuses on balance, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, speech and many other functional tasks that can be associated with brain and spinal tumors. more info

Patient Assistance: The CNI patient assistance fund offers short-term financial assistance to cover necessary services, assistive devices, bracing, basic home expenses, pharmaceuticals, counselors, and/or therapists that are not be covered by any other source, and other needs. For information, please contact Laura Brougher at Laura.Brougher@HealthONEcares.com.

Reflecting the Light: CNI annually holds a special service on the grounds of Swedish Medical Center, supporting the fighters of brain and spinal tumors, celebrating the survivors, honoring the taken and never giving up hope! For more information, please contact Lorre Gibson at lgibson@thecni.org

Survivor Dinner: This annual event celebrates brain and spinal tumor survivors (three or more years for high grade tumors and 10 years for low grade tumors). The event includes dinner, speakers and a cup cake lighting ceremony. For more information, please contact Lorre Gibson at lgibson@thecni.org

Elephant Rock Cycling Festival: The need for funds is constant and this year more than ever we need your support. E-Rock, as it is affectionately known, is the only annual fundraiser that directly benefits the Brain and Spinal Tumor Program at CNI. For more information, please contact Lorre Gibson at lgibson@thecni.org. more info

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