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BY Lauren Rose

Elizabeth Somers wants everyone to know about meningiomas. This tumor of the central nervous system begins in the coverings that surround the brain or spinal cord and is the most common type of intracranial brain tumor. Most meningiomas are slow-growing and can go undetected for years.

Elizabeth’s baseball-sized tumor was not cancerous, but it became life-threatening, and even altered how she smells and tastes. Thanks to the care...

Elizabeth Somers stands in the middle in a photo with two daughters, two sons and her husband to her left. All are wearing pants and a cotton shirt and smiling outside  in front of a house.

BY Myra Tabios-Dodge

My husband, Richard, likes to say, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!” That’s what he said to me when I first noticed the small bump on the...

BY Gloria Suau, M.D.

As a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Puerto Rico, I always tell my patients that in any situation, no matter how hard or difficult it...

BY Luvenia Berry

My first brain surgery was in 1988. I had been diagnosed with a meningioma, a benign brain tumor, in my occipital lobe. Because it’s also located on one of the main veins in my brain, the surgeon could only remove part of it. I have continued to live with the rest of the tumor – what I call my “thorn” – for more than two decades. 

When the doctor uttered the words, “brain tumor,” at the time of my diagnosis, my greatest worry...

Cancerwise blog photo: Luvenia Berry (right) with Sujit Prabhu, M.D.