Thriving as a Young Adult with Brain Cancer

Are you 18-40 years old with a brain tumor diagnosis? Join UCSF neuro-oncologist Jessica Schulte, MD, PhD, as she discusses the unique challenges faced by young adults living with a brain or spinal cord tumor. She will cover the various physical and lifestyle issues specific to the young adult population and offer recommended resources and strategies.  We will also hear from two young survivors, Anastasia Golovashkina and Jeremy Pivor, on how they have experienced and addressed some of their challenges. 

Wednesday, May 19
5:30 - 6:45 pm: presentation with Dr. Schulte and panel with young thrivers
6:45 - 7:15 pm: 18-40 year old brain tumor patients are welcome to stay for the informal, unrecorded "After the Show" segment

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required.

Panelist Bios:

Anastasia Golovashkina develops and directs innovative digital strategies for progressive campaigns and organizations. In 2019, two weeks into starting as Warren for President's Social Media Director, Anastasia was diagnosed with a billiard ball-sized glioblastoma, continuing to work full-time through a full course of treatment—and doubling down on her commitment to politics and activism. Before serving as Elizabeth Warren's Social Media Director, Anastasia launched and led the Social Media Department at Trilogy Interactive, to which she now returns as a Senior Director. Her work recruiting millions of supporters, multiplying content engagements, and raising millions of dollars through channels has won her a Silver Pollie for Best Use of Social Media and a Women in Content Marketing Award.

Jeremy Pivor is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Planetary Health Alliance based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he coordinates a global consortium of 250 organizations from 50+ countries focused on the human health impacts of global environmental change. For over a decade, he has worked in environmental conservation, international climate change diplomacy, and public health. His conservation efforts have brought him around the world from the United States, Madagascar, the Sargasso Sea, the Coral Triangle region in Southeast Asia, to Indonesia Borneo.

As a brain cancer survivor, when Jeremy is not focusing on environmental and public health, he passionately advocates for the brain tumor and young adult cancer communities through writing, public speaking, fundraising, and lobbying with organizations like the National Brain Tumor Society and Dana Farber. He served as a patient ambassador on palliative care for the EndWell Foundation and co-moderates a monthly brain tumor social media Twitter chat (#BTSM). His writing has been featured in the Washington Post, CURE magazine, and several other publications.

Jeremy received a master’s degree in Health and Medical Sciences from U.C. Berkeley – UC. San Francisco’s Joint Medical Program. In addition to his research on the intersection of human and environmental health, Jeremy wrote an illness narrative of his experience going through a second recurrence of brain cancer only nine months into medical school. He was originally diagnosed at the age of twelve, had a recurrence when he was 23, and given the rare molecular make-up of his tumor, is now undergoing experimental treatments for the new tumor growth. Jeremy loves to spend time with his family (particularly his baby nephews) and go sailing.

Dial-In Information

Zoom link will be e-mailed to registrants in advance.

Wednesday, May 19 at 5:30pm to 6:45pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Fitness & Wellbeing

Affiliation

UCSF Medical Center

Audience

Patients

Location

Online

Website

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Cost

Free, but pre-registration is required.

Department/Group
Department of Neurological Surgery, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Contact Info

Naomi.Hoffer@ucsf.edu

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