With BTN, the story is personal.
BTN was conceived by a family who knows firsthand the difficulties faced when a person hears, "You have a brain tumor." In 1994, Susan Sontag was diagnosed with a Grade 3 astrocytoma, the most common form of glioma. She has since undergone treatment and survived. During this time, the Sontag family experienced the frustration of fighting a disease which is poorly understood by both the medical community and the general public. As a result, the family chose to make a difference for future patients. In 2002, Rick and Susan Sontag established The Sontag Foundation to support brain tumor research. Then in 2014, they launched Brain Tumor Network to assist patients in a more tangible way.
The Sontag Foundation has developed a network of relationships with health care providers throughout the United States who specialize in brain tumor treatment. This network of experts served as the foundation of the Brain Tumor Network. Today, BTN's network continues to develop in response to growth in the field and the needs of patients. BTN's professional navigators tap into these ever-expanding connections to provide personalized information and navigation at no cost to individuals with brain tumors or their care providers. BTN does not have any agreements with nor does it receive any funding from pharmaceutical companies or medical centers; our services are completely unbiased.
Experts in the field of neuro-oncology graciously volunteer their time to BTN as advisors, offering technical support and valuable brain tumor treatment information. This network enables BTN to provide patients, no matter where they live in the United States, an opportunity to discover potential treatment options to discuss with their own physicians.
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed, and you would like more brain tumor treatment information, or are ready to explore your options, contact us today.