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Episode Eight: Brain Cancer

Episode Eight: Brain Cancer

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16 minutes. Originally aired on April 13, 2010.
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Brain cancer is different from other types of cancer in many ways, says Dr. Fadul, Director of the Neuro-Oncology Program at the Cancer Center. Our brains are ourselves, defining who we are, what we think, and what we do.

In this episode, joining Dr. Fadul and host Jack Heath is a brain cancer survivor named Colleen, from Southern New Hampshire. Diagnosed a year and a half ago at age 54 after having difficulties with her memory and typing at work, she had the tumor removed the day before Thanksgiving last year. After chemotherapy and radiation, she is now doing well.

Colleen credits her positive attitude and supportive family, doctors, and friends with her progress so far, and is providing that same support to other patients recently diagnosed with brain cancer. She says that the most important thing is to just keep going. She refuses to be a statistic, and stays involved in her community, doing things like reading to first graders while she relearns to read herself.