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National Epilepsy Awareness Month 2016

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects three million Americans. It is most commonly associated with seizures that recur, usually with external stimuli. There are different types of seizures and different types of epilepsy – and we want to help you learn more about epilepsies, seizures, neurological disorders, and how to deal with them.

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Advancing the Diagnosis and Treatment of Brain Tumors at Akron General

By: Robert Janek
Re-posted with permission

The incidence of brain tumors is on the rise. Or is it?

Dr Hoeprich and  Dr Missios
Mark R. Hoeprich, MD, and Symeon Missios, MD, are shown in the radiosurgery procedure room.

According to the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States (CBTRUS), an estimated 77,670 new cases of brain and central nervous system (CNS) tumors will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Compare that to the 18,500 new cases of brain and other CNS tumors diagnosed in 2005, according to CBTRUS, and you’ll find an increase of almost 420 percent over the past 10 years. However, those numbers are deceiving, say Mark R. Hoeprich, MD, and Symeon Missios, MD.

“Part of that is because we have become much better at detecting tumors … just because the imaging has gotten better,” says Dr. Missios. “A few years ago we relied exclusively on CT. Now the preferred imaging modality for diagnosing brain tumor is MRI, which has better resolution. So we’re seeing tumors we couldn’t see before.”

“There’s probably a component that’s related to increased longevity, as well,” adds Dr. Hoeprich. “Cancer treatment is much better than it was 10 years ago, so people with cancer are surviving longer. In the past they would have succumbed to the cancer sooner and wouldn’t have made it to the point where they would have developed these metastases.”

Drs. Hoeprich and Missios are board-certified neurosurgeons at Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s Neuroscience Institute, where they diagnose and treat brain tumors, stroke, complex spinal conditions and peripheral nerve disorders using the most advanced technology. They are the newest members of Akron General’s team of subspecialty fellowship-trained neurosurgeons.

Dr. Missios joined the team earlier this year after completing his fellowship training in neurosurgical oncology at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Hoeprich came on board three years ago after his fellowship in epilepsy/functional neurosurgery was completed at Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.

“We’re all subspecialized neurosurgeons with advanced training, and we have state-of-the-art technology that exceeds other hospitals’ in the Akron/Canton area,” says Dr. Hoeprich.

“It’s part of the reason I was drawn to this practice and to Akron General,” says Dr. Missios.

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