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Father Credits Facebook for Helping Discover Brain Tumor

He insisted on brain scan after reading posts describing similar symptoms

(Newser) - Welsh father of two Tom Walker considers himself "extremely lucky" that he happened to stumble upon two stories of Facebook friends with symptoms strikingly similar to his own. His doctor had chalked up his spotty vision and dizziness to vertigo, but it turns out he had a more than... More »

The Cancer That Kills the Most Kids Isn't Leukemia

Brain cancer now claims more lives

(Newser) - Brain cancer is now the deadliest childhood cancer in the US, moving ahead of leukemia as a result of improved leukemia treatment and a frustrating lack of progress on brain cancer. Government statisticians reported the change in rankings Friday, drawing from a review of 15 years of death certificates, the... More »

Tragically Hip Frontman Has Brain Cancer

Gord Downie is going on tour anyway

(Newser) - Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip is going on tour this summer for what could be the last time. In a statement Tuesday, the band says lead singer and songwriter Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December. Even so, the 52-year-old father of four—whose wife was... More »

Mom, Brain-Dead for 55 Days, Delivers Baby Boy

The mother was pronounced dead shortly after the birth of her son at 26 weeks

(Newser) - A father has taken his infant son home from the hospital—three months after the child was born to a woman who'd been brain-dead for 55 days. According to Sky News , the pregnant 41-year-old had refused treatment for cancer so as not to harm the fetus, though the BBC... More »

Mom Fighting Brain Cancer Gives Birth to 'Miracle Baby'

Kim Vaillancourt delayed cancer treatment to save baby

(Newser) - The New York mother who found out, while pregnant, that she had aggressive brain cancer has given birth to her "miracle baby," reports the Buffalo News . Kim and Phil Vaillancourt had two children and had just adopted three more when Kim went to the hospital to get help... More »

Mom Won't Treat Brain Tumor Until She Gives Birth

'The baby saved me. Now it's my turn to save him': New York woman

(Newser) - For Kim Vaillancourt, pregnant while staving off aggressive rare brain cancer, it comes down to this: "The baby saved me. Now it's my turn to save him." Vaillancourt was diagnosed with glioblastoma—deadly and fast-growing tumors known to reappear within eight to 12 weeks—after going to... More »

Scientists Might've Just Revolutionized Brain Medicine

Canadian scientists breach blood-brain barrier for first time

(Newser) - Inside your head, there's something called the blood-brain barrier—a natural defense system that keeps germs in your bloodstream from entering your brain. While it's great when it comes to preventing bacterial infections, the barrier makes treating some brain diseases impossible, since it prevents drugs from reaching the... More »

How a Dying Young Woman Shed Light on Cryonics

Today, the procedure is crude and expensive

(Newser) - By the time Kim Suozzi died at the age of 23 in 2013, she'd already become something of an Internet sensation, having turned to Reddit to ask for money to have her brain cryogenically frozen. Now the New York Times is revisiting her story, filling in some details of... More »

Family Loses Welfare Because of Girl's Cancer

She couldn't go to school, so Michigan cut off benefits

(Newser) - When Martha describes how her 12-year-old daughter, Lisa, suffered while battling brain cancer—seizures, strokes, more than two years in and out of hospitals—it doesn't seem at all surprising that Lisa wouldn't have been up for attending school during this time. But as her mom (using pseudonyms)... More »

Grieving Parents Have Dead Child's Head Frozen

Thai girl, nicknamed 'Einz,' is youngest person in cryogenic deep-freeze

(Newser) - A little girl nicknamed "Einz" died of brain cancer in Thailand earlier this year, but isn't entirely gone: Her head is filled with anti-freeze and kept in a vault in Arizona, GlobalPost reports. Her parents made sure Matheryn "Einz" Naovaratpong, dead at age 3, would become the... More »

Joe Biden Has Grieved Before; Here's What He Said

Biden spoke about the loss of his daughter and first wife

(Newser) - Joe Biden's 13-month-old daughter and first wife died in a car accident in 1972. Now, with the death of his eldest son Beau at age 46, Biden's own words about the grieving process seem worth recalling. In 2012, he spoke to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors—people... More »

Some Brain Cancers Grow When Patients Think

Active neurons actually promote the growth of high-grade gliomas

(Newser) - Thoughts can be deadly. So posits new research published this week in the journal Cell investigating the link between brain activity and tumor growth. Specifically, researchers at Stanford found that activity in the cerebral cortex promoted the growth of high-grade gliomas; they account for four out of every five malignant... More »

Husband Sends Valentine's Flowers, From the Grave

Jim Golay's widow will get flowers every year for the rest of her life

(Newser) - For you guys who can't remember to get flowers on Valentine's Day, well, Jim Golay is making you look extra terrible: As ABC News reports, the man from Casper, Wyo., learned about a year ago that the brain cancer he'd fought for almost two years was inoperable,... More »

Most Cancer Types Boil Down to Bad Luck

Study: Heredity and lifestyle play a role in only 1 in 3 cancer types

(Newser) - Roughly two-thirds of cancer types researchers recently studied largely appear to be the result of random mutations and not inherited genes or environmental and lifestyle factors. Reporting in the journal Science , researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine investigated 31 common cancer types and found that 22 of... More »

Texas Mom Puts 'Miracle' Daughter Before Chemo

Julie Prater, 32, diagnosed with malignant brain tumor

(Newser) - In the face of a grim brain cancer diagnosis, Julie Prater decided to delay the treatment that would save her life—to protect her unborn child. At 32, Prater had a full-body seizure as she got up from bed to tend to her year-old son, reports Dallas News . Not long... More »

Man Reveals He's Spider-Man in Poignant Obit

35-year-old Aaron Purmort says he fought 'a nefarious criminal named Cancer'

(Newser) - A Minneapolis art director died of brain cancer last week, but in an obituary in the Minneapolis Star Tribune , "mild-mannered" Aaron Purmort reveals himself to be Spider-Man, writing that he "died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years... More »

TV Anchor: I Have Just Months to Live

Illinois personality Dave Benton announces brain tumor

(Newser) - An Illinois TV anchor has shared some deeply personal news with viewers: Brain cancer has left him with just four to six months to live. He can't have surgery or radiation because the tumor is too big, he said on WCIA-TV , as the AP reports. But he's not... More »

Future Cancer Treatment: Pieces of Gold?

Tiny spheres work alongside radiotherapy

(Newser) - Experts have discovered a possible new cancer treatment, and it's dependent on little balls of gold. Very little: The nanospheres are 4 million times smaller than a hair's width. After spreading a chemotherapy drug on the spheres, which have gold at their core, researchers placed them in extracted... More »

Star of CDC Anti-Smoking Ad Campaign Dead at 53

Terrie Hall's cancer spread to her brain

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman featured prominently in a graphic government ad campaign to get people to stop smoking died yesterday of cancer. Terrie Hall died at a hospital in Winston-Salem, NC, federal officials said. She was 53. "She was a public health hero," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director... More »

TV's Rhoda Has 3 Months to Live: Doctors

Valerie Harper diagnosed with terminal brain cancer

(Newser) - Valerie Harper, the actress best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the ensuing Rhoda, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, reports People in a cover story. Doctors say the 73-year-old Harper, who fought lung cancer just four years ago, is suffering... More »

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