Brain and Spine Tumor Patient Stories
Another Day in Paradise: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Prevents Tumor from Causing Paralysis
When prostate cancer metastasized to Tim Collins' spine, he underwent minimally invasive surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine to have a portion of the aggressive tumor removed. With this surgery, Collins was able to avoid paralysis and enjoy some time on the beach as he prepared for the next phases of his cancer treatment.
Leveling Lymphoma in the Central Nervous System: Multidisciplinary Team Deconstructs Carpenter’s Rare Brain Tumor
When carpenter Leo Galati learned he had lymphoma in his brain, he turned to the University of Chicago Medicine for his care. His medical team -- experts in neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, lymphoma and radiation oncology -- designed a treatment plan to deconstruct the rare central nervous system tumor. "I was determined to win the battle against cancer,” Leo said. “Now I am making the best of every day."
Defeating a Brain Tumor: Normal Life Resumes for Patient After Neurosurgeon Removes Golf Ball-Sized Meningioma
After being diagnosed with a five-centimeter tumor in her brain, Gloria Fletcher turned to University of Chicago Medicine neurosurgeon Bakhtier Yamini, MD for help. Fletcher says Yamini eased her fears and calmed her down before she underwent the operation to remove the meningioma. “I felt peaceful and unafraid,” Fletcher said.
Experienced Neurosurgeon Removes Challenging Brain Stem Meningioma
Susan Tyra forgot about the pea-sized tumor in her brain until the meningioma began to grow and cause symptoms. Then, she knew it was time to seek expert care. Within seconds of meeting her neurosurgeon at the University of Chicago Medicine Brain Tumor Center, Tyra and her husband were quickly assured that they found the right place.
Beating the Odds Again: A Young Woman's Battle Against Metastatic Brain Tumors
Eloise Orr had already beat cancer -- twice. But even a mastectomy and radiation did not stop breast cancer from spreading to her brain. Eloise, an ambitious college student, was determined to not let cancer interrupt her plans. With innovative surgical care from our Brain Tumor Center experts, she bravely fought the recurring malignancy and beat the odds once again.
Multidisciplinary Approach Shrinks Glioma, Elevates Quality of Life
Bruce Davis came to the University of Chicago Medicine after learning he had a lesion on his brain stem. Our neuroscience team diagnosed an astrocytoma and created an aggressive treatment plan to shrink the glioma. Today, the tumor is 60 percent smaller and most of Davis’ symptoms have disappeared. Davis says the team “saved my life and my sanity and added to the quality of my life.”
Brain Tumor Surgery Restores Movement in Limbs: Functional MRI Guidance Enhances Surgical Precision
Without warning, Vaughn Atkins experienced a seizure, followed by loss of movement in his right arm and leg. Doctors identified the cause as a benign tumor, called a meningioma, in his brain. Research led Vaughn, an active youth basketball coach, to the University of Chicago Medicine. Our experts used functional imaging to pinpoint critical anatomy surrounding the tumor, avoiding damage to Vaughn’s motor function as the tumor was safely removed. Vaughn even regained the movement he lost, returning to the coach’s bench a few months after surgery.
30-Year Treatment an Inspiring Show of Faith
Iona Williams marked her 30th year as a patient at the University of Chicago Medicine in 2011. Doctors were unable to identify the cause of her headaches -- until she arrived here in 1982. Under the surgical care of our experts, Iona no longer experiences the severe pain once caused by a benign epidermoid tumor at the base of her brain. She attributes her longevity to her faith and her surgeons.
Awake Craniotomy: Confronting Brain Surgery with Open Eyes
Initially, Anna Litchfield wasn't sure she could handle an awake craniotomy -- a complex procedures typically used to remove tumors nestled close to functional areas of the brain. Because the patient is awake during the procedure, a neurologist can continuously monitor language, motor and sensory function to make sure critical parts of the brain suffer minimal damage. However, Anna overcame her fear, and decided to have the procedure. As a result, the surgical team believes she avoided critical damage that she may have experienced during a traditional procedure.
Complex Surgery to Remove Tumor Restores Vision
Diane Maciorowski was shocked when an MRI scan revealed a tangerine-sized meningioma at the base of her brain. Located in a nearly inaccessible region abutting crucial nerves and blood vessels, the skilled and experienced team lead by Dr. Awad removed the growth with minimal side effects.