The Brain Tumor Fund of the Carolinas (BTFC) is dedicated to supporting brain cancer patients by assisting them in their navigation of the healthcare system and encouraging vital research that advocates effective and collaborative solutions for cancer treatment. The purpose of the Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas is to ensure the Charlotte region takes its place as a center for world-class brain tumor research, thus making the area a destination for state-of-the-art, specialized brain tumor care. All money raised by the BTFC is used to fund a local brain tumor patient navigator as well as innovative research projects, with almost 100% remaining in the Charlotte community.
Cancer is one of the great public health challenges of our time. Over 1.2 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed each year in the United States. Brain tumors are a particularly devastating form of cancer and are remarkably prevalent in society, developing in up to 25% of all cancer patients. In the Charlotte area alone, approximately 1,200 people will develop all forms of brain tumors each year. There exists a 1 in 200 lifetime risk for any individual of dying from a brain tumor.
In addition to robbing individuals of life, brain tumors are a significant source of morbidity, often depriving patients of the capabilities that define the very essence of human existence, including thought, personality, emotion, language and memory. Virtually all cancers possess the potential to spread to the brain, and brain recurrence often confounds systemic cancer therapies.
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