About Brain Tumour Action
Brain Tumour Action aims to provide information, support and counselling to brain tumour patients and patients’ friends and families. Often people call in need of someone to talk to, and we provide a trained and knowledgeable counsellor to help.
BTA also funds research into brain tumours and treatments, often in conjunction with other Brain Tumour Charities in association with the United Brain Tumour Campaign.
We attend conferences and meetings within the public health sector to ensure the voice of brain tumour patients and families are heard, and their needs taken into consideration.
BTA also provides a set of information leaflets available for individuals and groups on various aspects of living with brain tumours.
Finally we coordinate various support groups up and down the country which is often of the greatest comfort to those most in need of someone to talk to.
BTA have no employees, all our work is carried out by committed volunteers.
BTA is a voluntary organisation with five major aims:-
* Support for relatives and sufferers of brain tumours
* Counselling for those who wish it
* Information on brain tumours and their treatment
* Education of the public about tumours
* Research into brain tumours and their treatment
Support groups meet regularly in Scotland, in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Various associated groups operate in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In addition to the above, we provide aromatherapy for patients, run a âpager contact serviceâ â allowing the carer and patient to have some time apart from each other, host a discussion forum facilitated by Yahoo and publish a newsletter. For more on these services see the projects page.
The counselling side of the program is run on a telephone âbefrienderâ basis. Â The telephone is covered by a trained counsellor. Specialist neuro-oncology nurses also give advice.
Information is provided through a series of eight leaflets – low and high grade tumours, radiation, chemotherapy, epilepsy, Meningioma, pituitary and âliving with a brain tumourâ; these leaflets and further information on brain tumour facts and figures can be downloaded free.
Education about various aspects of brain tumours is provided by the BTA website, by BTA volunteers attending study days organised by neuro-oncology nurses around the country and by holding our own annual lecture and information day.
Research – We have participated in the âScottish Audit of the Royal College of Physicians Guidelines for Good Practice in the Management of Malignant Gliomaâ. Â We are currently providing financial aid to assist a medical student to undertake a research project on âPost-resection prognostic outcomes of primary malignant paediatric brain tumours of different histopathological subtypes â.
Brain Tumours and Children
Brain tumours are the most common solid tumour in children and have variable outcomes. Â BTA supports research into this form of the disease.
BTA have produced an information leaflet for parents of children with brain tumours. Â This is available on 0131-466-3116. It is also available on our website – click here.
Charity Number: SC 021490