Buddies is a new brain tumor information
and support web resource from the UK.
Its most often in the news that many of us hear about
brain tumors. It can be a celebrity who is diagnosed
with a brain tumor like Gene Siskel, a sports
figure like Bobby Murcer or Tug McGraw or most recently
Ted Kennedy. Sometimes its people in our own
neighborhoods who who we hear about and other times it
is our own friends or family members who are affected.
Brain tumors are the growth of abnormal cells in the
tissues of the brain, they can be benign or malignant.
Primary brain tumors occur in brain tissue, secondary
brain tumors spread to brain tissue from other parts of
the body. Tumors can directly destroy brain cells,
however, they can also indirectly damage cells by
producing inflammation, compressing other parts of the
brain as the tumor grows, causing swelling in the brain,
and increasing pressure within the skull. Gliomas are
thought to be derived from glial cells such as
astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, and ependymal cells. Brain
tumors can happen at any age.
The difficulties associated with having a brain tumor
diagnosis and survival from that becomes
more intense when it affects us personally and as
with other serious conditions, people often turn to the web to get
information and support. What happens, however, when
information is not readily available bring us to our
site of the month for March. It is also another
lesson how one person at the grass roots level can work
to make a difference.
Our website of the month is a brand new UK site called BT
Buddies, which was launched on March 1. It was started by Natalya Jagger, after
her best friend's daughter, Rose
McGill, was diagnosed with
Giloblastoma Multiforme, a high-grade or malignant
tumor. Like a number of sites we have featured
here, the creation of BT Buddies came from the
frustration of Ms. Jagger trying to find relevant
information about high-grade brain tumors and support
that applied to the UK. Sadly Rose passed away but
Ms. Jagger was motivated to start BT
is an excellent example of creating an easy to
navigate site that gives information in clear language
and it is a valuable resource especially as a first-stop
for someone seeking initially seeking knowledge about
brain tumors and as a resource for hope.
Sections include: What is a High-Grade Brain Tumor,
and Brain Tumor Types, both are effective at
helping a visitor sort out the difference between tumor
types and malignant or non-malignant tumors.
Another section: High-Grade Brain Tumor Pathway, breaks
the difficult aspects of a brain tumor down into
stages. Those steps are in clickable sub-sections
and include: symptoms, tests, diagnosis, surgery,
chemotherapy and others. Two poignant and valuable
subsections are: When Nothing More Can be Done,
and When a Loved One Passes Away - the latter
section includes a downloadable PDF entitled: When
Caring Comes to an End, from the organization
Caregeivers UK. There is also a Hospice and
Palliative Care section on BT
Other sections include: Treatment Information,
which includes clickable subsections on: Conventional
Treatments, Complementary (or alternative) Treatments,
Seeking a Second Opinion, UK neurological and oncology
treatment centres and even a sections about Brain
Tumor Treatments and Research in the USA.
Your Healthcare Team, is specifically tailored to
UK visitors but visitors from other countries will be
interested in how treatment is processed and delivered
Another valuable section is: Stories of Hope, a
collection of personal stories from brain tumor
survivors and an important resource for people newly diagnosed
with a brain tumor as well as family and friends of
people affected. Giving hope is always an important
service of sites like this and visitors can read a
number of personal narratives of people who have
survived brain tumors as well as updates on how they are
Buddies includes information from other sources
such as: virtualtrials.com, The National Brain Tumor
Society and the World Health Organization, among other
authoritative sources for information.
There is a good selection of links to UK brain tumor web
resources and support groups as well as links to
information outside the UK. BT
Buddies also has a forum section with a message board.
is aimed at the UK (we get quite a lot of UK visitors
here at northeastcenter.com and we are happy to make
them aware of this site), but it is a valuable resource
no matter where you are visiting from
for anyone seeking information about brain tumors.
It's another great example of someone taking the lead to
fill a void on the web and out of that comes a great
There is a lot more to discover on BT
Buddies so make sure you pay them a visit and
support this new web resource - they are just a CLICK
away and don't forget to bookmark their site.
Other Brain Tumor Related Websites
Some good web resources about brain tumors and support.
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