We asked Dr. Jeffrey Bruce, Edgar M. Housepian Professor of Neurological Surgery, Director of the Bartoli Brain Tumor Research Laboratory and Co-Director of the Brain Tumor Center, a few questions about the upcoming show:
Q: What is the content of your and Dr. McKhann’s segments in the show?
A: The film crew followed the preoperative, operative, and postoperative course of a 31 year old women with a brain tumor. The tumor was involving parts of the brain critical for her motor and language functions. We performed the surgery with the patient awake so we could monitor her motor and language functions to allow us to remove the maximal amount of tumor while minimizing the risk to these critical brain functions. The crew followed the patient from her initial visit, discussion about the surgery, the surgery itself and the postoperative care and decision-making.
Q: What did your patients say about being a part of this show?
A: The patients were hopeful that the audience would appreciate what they were going through and that it might help people who had similar problems.
Q: What motivated you to take part in this project?
A: Health care is changing. There is a great deal of misinformation about patient care and decision-making. Health care decisions for individuals do not fit neatly into one-size-fits-all. Everybody is different and their problems require individualized attention. Hopefully, people can appreciate how nuanced and complicated good health care can be.
Watch the gripping NYMed trailer here. You will see a sneak peak of our doctors about a minute and a half into the clip.
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