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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 »

Touching Tribute: After Girl's Death, Friends Wear Her Dress to Prom

Catherine Malatesta died of cancer just months after May prom

(Newser) - When Catherine Malatesta attended her junior prom as a 16-year-old in May 2015, just six months after being diagnosed with a stage 4 tumor called epithelioid sarcoma, she knew she didn't have long. What the student council president and field hockey team captain didn't know was that almost... More »

Common Thyroid Cancer Isn't Cancer Anymore

'If it’s not a cancer, let’s not call it a cancer'

(Newser) - A group of 24 doctors from seven countries just reclassified a certain type of thyroid tumor as no longer cancerous, according to a report in JAMA Oncology . That might not seem like that big of a big deal, but it is. The tumor—formerly called EFVPTC (encapsulated follicular variant of... More »

Study Uncovers Potential 'Game-Changer' in Breast Cancer Treatment

The results are being called 'groundbreaking'

(Newser) - A new breast cancer trial out of Britain has experts proclaiming its results "astonishing" and "groundbreaking" with "game-changing potential," the Guardian reports. According to the Telegraph , the trial from Cancer Research UK gave women with aggressive breast cancer (known as "HER2 positive" breast cancer) a... More »

35-Pound Tumor Removed From Woman's Abdomen

Irianita Rojas Rasma couldn't work or study with growth she had for more than 8 years

(Newser) - For more than eight years, Irianita Rojas Rasma carried around a tumor in her abdomen that she never thought she'd get rid of. But doctors in Lima, Peru, finally removed the cancerous growth—which had developed into a 35-pound mass—from the 22-year-old woman during a Feb. 20 surgery,... More »

Cause of Man's 5-Day Bout of Hiccups: a Tumor

Large mass was pressing against the phrenic nerve in his neck

(Newser) - When a 35-year-old man went to the hospital twice in a matter of weeks for "intractable" hiccups that lasted more than two days back in 2014, he was given an antipsychotic drug that has helped relieve symptoms in similar patients. The drug didn't help, but eventually the hiccups... More »

Guy Orders a Kindle, Receives Tumor Sample


(Newser) - A man in England who ordered a waterproof Kindle was surprised to open his FedEx package and see a tumor specimen instead—delivered all the way from California, no less. "When I opened it I had quite a shock," recipient James Potten tells the BBC . "My name... More »

Family Celebrates Baby's Recovery After Pope's Kiss

Gianna's tumor appears to be shrinking

(Newser) - Baby Gianna Masciantonio developed a rare brain tumor just weeks after her birth last year when her red blood cells attacked her brain stem. After multiple chemotherapy treatments, an August brain scan revealed that the tumor was still there, and parents Joey and Kristen Masciantonio decided to do one more... More »

Brutal Stabbing Ends Up Saving Israeli Man's Life

Doctors treating him found a dangerous intestinal tumor

(Newser) - A father of five who said a Palestinian attacker stabbed and tried to behead him last week at an Israeli bus station tells Radio Kol Chai he's actually glad he got assaulted. "The terror attack saved my life," Daniel Cohen says, per the Times of Israel . Why... More »

Absolutely Huge Tumor Removed From Boy, 11

Monday's surgery took 12 hours, team of 25

(Newser) - It took 25 medical professionals and a full half-day to remove a massive tumor from an 11-year-old Mexican boy who had traveled to the US for help. Reuters describes the growth on the neck, shoulder, and upper torso of Jose Antonio Ramirez Serrano's left side as football-sized: almost a... More »

Descartes' Skull Reveals Secret About His Life

17th-century French mathematician famously said, 'I think, therefore I am'

(Newser) - French mathematician and father of modern philosophy Rene Descartes is perhaps most famous for his phrase, "I think, therefore I am." But now French medical anthropologist and forensic expert Philippe Charlier is adding a layer of intrigue to the thinker's history. Descartes died in Stockholm in 1650... More »

Rob Ford Hospitalized With Tumor

Future of Toronto mayor's campaign uncertain

(Newser) - Rob Ford's re-election campaign is in jeopardy again, and this time it's because of his health instead of his scandals. The Toronto mayor has been admitted to a local hospital with a tumor in his abdomen. A hospital spokesman says the tumor is "not small," but... More »

How 'Devil-Possessed' Girl Was Cured of Laughing Fits

6-year-old was having gelastic seizures caused by tumor

(Newser) - After being called "spoiled, crazy—even devil-possessed," doctors have figured out the cause of a 6-year-old girl's uncontrollable laughing fits. Though the Bolivian girl's often inappropriate bouts of laughter were presented as a behavioral problem, doctors eventually ordered a brain scan and discovered a small, benign... More »

Woman Has 27-Pound Tumor Removed

Atlanta grandmother now doing fine

(Newser) - The cause of an Atlanta woman's inexplicable weight gain has been identified and removed: a 27-pound tumor about the size of a beach ball in her belly, reports 11Alive . Doctors removed the cystic tumor this week from 59-year-old Doris Lewis in a delicate operation that lasted more than eight... More »

Cause of Woman's Weight Gain: 88-Pound Tumor

Doctors remove huge ovarian cyst

(Newser) - After a year of watching her waistline expand, a 57-year-old Brazilian woman finally consulted doctors when it hit 52 inches ... and they discovered the cause was an 88-pound, mucus-filled ovarian tumor. The woman, who was overweight, had very few other symptoms: just a feeling of "heaviness" in her stomach,... More »

Neanderthals Got Tumors, Too

Researchers find the oldest one ever

(Newser) - Looks like cavemen had to deal with tumors, too. Scientists have found evidence of the oldest tumor on record in the rib of a Neanderthal who lived roughly 130,000 years ago, they revealed in PLOS One yesterday. The inch-long bone was dug up more than 100 years ago, but... More »

Dogs Can Smell Lung Cancer

Scientists hope to build 'electronic nose'

(Newser) - Dogs are lung cancer detection experts, a study finds. They "have no problem identifying tumor patients," says a researcher in Austria, and that could lead to earlier diagnoses. Dogs who smelled 120 breath samples were able to sniff out cancer 70% of the time, a very "encouraging"... More »

Chavez: My Tumor Was Malignant

But tumor was 'totally extracted,' says Venezuela president

(Newser) - The tumor that Hugo Chavez recently had removed from his pelvic area was a recurrence of cancer, he says. The disease didn't spread beyond the tumor, which "was totally extracted" during his procedure in Cuba, the Venezuelan president told viewers in a televised message yesterday. He added that... More »

'Face' Spotted in Tumor

Docs find benign growth looking back at them

(Newser) - It's not often you hear about the lighter side of urology. Canadian researchers examining ultrasound pictures of a tumor in a patient's testicle were amazed to see what looked like a ghostly face staring back at them. "It was almost like art coming out of this patient’... More »

Chavez Stays in Venezuela for 3rd Round of Chemo

Could be a sign the social leader is improving

(Newser) - Hugo Chavez will undergo a third round of chemotherapy for his cancer today, this time in Venezuela instead of Cuba, reports Reuters . The 57-year-old socialist leader went to Cuba in June to have a baseball-sized tumor removed and returned there twice for chemotherapy, but his opting to stay at home... More »

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