CERN Members are a collaborative network of researchers and medical providers who are constantly making new discoveries.
We are committed to being a resource to the ependymoma community regarding the latest in ependymoma research, diagnosis, treatment, and the impact on patients and their caregivers.
National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) is excited to announce that Johannes Gojo, MD, PhD, of Medical University of Vienna (Medizinischen Universität Wien), is the recipient of the first-ever CERN PFA Ependymoma Translational Research Award.
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on December 7, 2023
Ependymoma Community Blogger Matt Cotcher describes a view into the complexities of reclaiming life after a brain or spinal tumor diagnosis and treatment. Cotcher empowers readers to take an active role in moving forward. He shares "Acknowledge the change that comes with treatment and focus on small tasks that can be accomplished." Read more to learn about his personal experience with accepting change and taking steps to reconnect with life as he knows it.
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on November 30, 2023
Ependymoma Community Blogger Adam Holland shares his perspective on the power of presence and the impact it had on him during his treatment and survivorship of ependymoma. Throughout his entire journey, various medical professionals and allied healthcare workers, strangers in the waiting room, friends, family, and more have come alongside him in a meaningful way. Adam shares "The reality of the entire cancer process is that we cannot do it alone, we need others more than ever in our lives." Read more about the powerful ways connection has shaped his experience and changed his perspective.
The Ependymoma Key Issue effort serves as a critical example for other groups that are looking for a launching point to address how their unique challenges and opportunities fit within the larger narrative needs of the global brain tumor community.
A community driven initiative designed to create educational videos that communicate reliable and trustworthy information in collaboration with leaders in the ependymoma community.
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on October 21, 2022
We asked the ependymoma community to share useful tips for people starting radiation treatment and received good feedback from survivors, parents, and care partners.
NCI-CONNECT leads Survivorship Care in Neuro-Oncology Workshop in partnership with advocacy organizations including the CERN Foundation and National Brain Tumor Society
The CERN Foundation a program of the National Brain Tumor Society, proudly endorses the Proceedings of the Survivorship Care in Neuro-Oncology Workshop Sponsored by the Comprehensive Oncology Networking Evaluating Rare CNS Tumors (NCI-CONNECT), which summarizes a two-day virtual workshop held virtually on June 20 and 21, 2021, addressing the advancement of survivorship care for people living with primary central nervous system cancers.
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on July 21, 2022
A rare disease diagnosis is isolating and impacts so many areas of life including the taboo subject of self-image and sexuality. After all, there may be no other factor as important in the ‘quality of life’ discussion as intimacy.
In a groundswell of international support, patients, care partners, medical professionals and advocates participated in a variety of events marking May 10, 2022 as Ependymoma Awareness Day.
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on February 18, 2022
While it was never his intention or desire, Dallas Mathile’s diagnosis with an anaplastic ependymoma in 2002 would spark the creation of a unique research and advocacy organization that today serves as a collective voice, a safe and caring place, and an innovator, all for the ependymoma community.
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on January 12, 2022
Hearing the phrase, “you have cancer” is terrifying. Learning that you have a rare type of cancer makes it even more daunting. Doing those things while a global pandemic is occurring complicates it all, which only adds to the pressure of the moment.
Ependymoma Key Issues Article featured in the 2021/2022 edition of Brain Tumour Magazine, published by the IBTA
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on September 24, 2021
A collaborative exercise to raise awareness of the unique issues facing a rare brain and spinal cord tumor community.
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on September 15, 2021
We asked our community to share their advice for other ependymoma parents with a newly diagnosed child. We received numerous responses. Thank you for your participation! Read their advice for pediatric ependymoma families.
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on September 9, 2021
Ependymoma caregiver, Tamiko, shares insight into the different reactions from the pediatric cancer community during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and offers words of wisdom to the brain tumor community.
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on May 21, 2021
Ependymoma survivor, Jennifer, shares the importance of awareness and how internal awareness is step one. Jennifer writes “Awareness began for me when I began to worry about what felt like a little fire inside my left temple.” Read her second Ependymoma Community Blog entry titled 'Awareness Starts with You' to learn more about her personal experience with awareness.
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on January 13, 2021
Adam Holland writes about his experience moving forward after his diagnosis with ependymoma. He reflects on all that he has gone through and provides insight into the process of accepting his new normal. In this blog article, Adam reminds us all of the power of telling our story.
National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) and the CERN Foundation Announce Official Plans for CERN to Become a Designated Program of the NBTS
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on March 30, 2020
Ependymoma survivor, Matt, shares how to bring up taboo cancer topics with your doctor - prognosis, intimacy, embarrassing side effects, second opinions and disagreeing with the treatment plan.
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on November 18, 2019
Ependymoma survivor, Matt, shares how to utilize resources the medical system makes available.
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on August 26, 2019
Featuring a collection of articles written by members of the ependymoma community. Some authors are ependymoma survivors and others are care partners. They share their advice to help others with ependymoma cope with their illness.
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on August 19, 2019
Ependymoma caregiver, Tamiko, shares how to navigate the internet when searching for disease information.
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on August 5, 2019
Ependymoma survivor, Jennifer, shares how she copes with follow-up brain and spine scans and waiting for the results.
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on July 31, 2019
Ependymoma survivor, Sarah, shares three tips to help guide you through your ependymoma journey.
— Categories: Ependymoma Community Posted on July 3, 2019
CERN brings two ependymoma survivors together across the country and globe. Adam is from California and Allie is from Kansas. Both were diagnosed with ependymoma, in almost the same spots in the left occipital lobe.