October 17, 2001 |
Federal regulators approved a medical device that uses a needle to freeze and destroy benign breast tumors, the Irvine company that developed the procedure said late Tuesday. With Food and Drug Administration clearance, Endocare Inc. and one of its partners can start marketing the minimally invasive "cryoablation" technology for treatment of benign tumors.
August 8, 1997 |
Researchers have found a second gene for tuberous sclerosis, a rare genetic condition that causes tumors all over the body. About 1 of every 6,000 babies is born with the condition, which can lead to epilepsy, learning difficulties, autism and kidney and skin disease. Reporting today in the journal Science, a team of European and U.S. researchers said the discovery of the second gene could lead to a test for the disorder.
May 7, 2003 |
Scientists have genetically altered a common cold virus to destroy the most lethal type of brain tumor while not harming healthy tissue nearby. Researchers hope to begin studying it in people with the tumor, glioblastoma, next year. Tumors were implanted in the brains of mice and then injected with the altered virus. Untreated mice died in 19 days, but 60% of the treated mice were alive after four months. The research is reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
January 22, 2004 |
A team of Romanian and U.S. doctors said they had removed a tumor weighing 175 pounds from a female patient in a 10-hour operation. Lucica Bunghez, 47, had been largely confined to bed because of the tumor, which weighed almost double the rest of her body and covered her back, waist and hips, doctors said. "She is very well. The lack of the tumor really suits her," said Ion Lascar, head of the plastic surgery department of Floreasca Hospital in Bucharest.
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October 15, 1993 |
An experimental technology that uses a pencil-like wand and a computer screen to guide doctors through brain surgery premiered in Orange County this week. Doctors used the "Viewing Wand" to locate tumors in the brains of two patients. "It went perfect," said James Doty, the neurosurgeon who led the team that performed the first two operations at Hoag Hospital.
September 21, 1987 |
Joe Cunningham had just turned 38 when his doctor told him in early 1985 that he had only 10 months to live. The Detroit tax attorney had a lymphoma deep in the brain behind his right ear. It was inoperable, and radiation is not very effective against such tumors. A third alternative was chemotherapy, but that is rarely attempted because brain tumors are shielded by a mysterious phenomenon known as the blood-brain barrier.
September 28, 1989 |
The controversial abortion pill RU 486, which is sold in France and China but not the United States, may prove effective in treating a rare tumor of the brain and spinal cord, according to preliminary findings to be made public today. The results, to be presented by USC researchers at a meeting of neurological surgeons in Tucson, raise the possibility that the drug could eventually be approved for U.S. use, not to terminate pregnancies but to control tumor growth.
December 31, 1999 |
A woman who lost two-thirds of her inflated body weight when doctors removed a nearly 200-pound benign tumor was in fair condition Thursday, still needing extensive skin grafts, hospital officials said. It took surgeons at the University of Chicago Hospital 18 hours to remove the neurofibroma from Lori Hoogewind, 40, on Dec. 14.
September 14, 2000 |
Former UC Berkeley Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien has been hospitalized for treatment of a brain tumor, UC officials confirmed. Tien, 65, is in critical but stable condition at UC San Francisco Medical Center. Family members urged Tien to seek treatment after he appeared unusually tired over the Labor Day weekend. He was admitted and underwent surgery. His son, Norman Tien, said the family is awaiting test results before deciding what to do next.
April 14, 2008 |
The last time Antisha Anderson was in this third-floor operating room at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, she was groggy from anesthesia and puzzled by the big, round lights shining down on her. "They looked like alien eyes," she said, laughing. Anderson, a four-time national youth heptathlon champion and aspiring Olympian, was in that surgical suite Nov. 28 to undergo a rare heart procedure. Returning recently for a visit she was greeted like a friend, not merely a statistical success.