Hannah Coffill and her brother and sister Ben and Holly. Pictures: Mick Howes Archant A teenager who was left blind after doctors discovered a second brain tumour - ten years after her first diagnosis - picked up her GSCE results last week. Hannah Coffill from Lowestoft who had GCSE success despite being blind from a brain tumour. Photo: Courtesy of the Coffill FamilyHannah Coffill, 19, from Lowestoft was first diagnosed with a germ cell brain tumour in October 2007, just before her ninth birthdayHannah’s mother, Mandy, said: “Hannah first started to have symptoms in June 2007. She was suffering from double vision and heavy sickness and the GP couldn’t pinpoint them to anything.“Eventually, after they got worse, we were referred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for a scan that revealed a growing tumour.“Surgery removed most but not all of the tumour and Hannah was put on a combined chemo and radiotherapy to treat it; she was a guinea pig for … [Read more...] about Teenager twice diagnosed with brain tumour who went blind finds GCSE success
Forty-one-year-old David Neufeglise was a healthy family man and mechanical engineer when he started noticing constant twitching in his arm. After months of tests, the devastating diagnosis came back last January as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. "Hearing a doctor say it, it takes your breath away," Neufeglise told CBS News. "You think about all your hopes and dreams for the future and your family, and your career, and everything. And it puts all those into question." Life suddenly shifted for David, his wife and their three daughters. ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. As the disease progresses, people lose the ability to speak, eat, move, and breathe. It often proves fatal within three to five years. As many as 30,000 Americans may currently be affected by the disease, according to the ALS Association. There is no cure for ALS so Neufeglise was open to any … [Read more...] about ALS patient hopes stem cell treatment will be “a powerful weapon”
A four-year-old girl who recently had life-saving surgery to remove a tumour the size of a golf ball from her brain is to undergo a rare cancer trial. Poppy McGill will be the only person in Nottingham to receive the pioneering treatment which could cure her. The young girl, of Nottingham Road in Arnold, was diagnosed with a tumour in the middle of her brain at the start of January. Her family were told the tumour - which was 5.2cm, the size of a golf ball - could affect her speech and movement. A heartbreaking picture then emerged of Poppy with her tearful dad, Steve. Poppy underwent a five-and-a-half hour operation to remove as much of it as possible on January 11 at the Queen's Medical Centre. Her speech and appetite were affected for the two weeks after the operation, and the family were told by medics she was eligible to take part in a rare clinical trial. The trial features intensive chemotherapy increasing her chances of making a full recovery. The standard treatment for … [Read more...] about Girl, 4, to undergo rare cancer trial after golf ball-sized brain tumour removed
BRAIN tumours are abnormal cells that grow in the brain and can cause serious damage. But what are the signs of the serious condition and how easy are they to spot? Here's what we know and what to look out for... What is a brain tumour? A brain tumour is a growth of abnormal cells that grow on the organ and multiply and spread in an uncontrollable way. The growths can be benign, non-cancerous, which grow slowly and if treated are unlikely to reappear. However, cancerous brain tumours are more serious and some can start in the brain or spread there from cancer elsewhere in the body. Brain tumours are also graded on their seriousness, with grade one and two tumours being seen as low risk. While grade three and four tumours are seen as high risk and likely to return after treatment. What are the symptoms of a brain tumour? According to the NHS, the symptoms of a brain tumour depend on its severity and which part of the brain is affected. However, there are common signs that people … [Read more...] about What is a brain tumour and what are the symptoms and signs to look out for?
A cancer patient who was given just weeks to live claims the tumours in her brain are now shrinking – after taking both legal and illegal forms of cannabis. Gemma Elsworth, from Hirwaun , near Aberdare , went blind, lost movement in her left side, and even struggled to swallow when the tumours grew larger. But now she claims as a result of taking cannabis-derived CBD oil and crushed-up forms of the plant, in conjunction with chemotherapy, that the tumours have shrunk in size by half. Studies suggest cannabis compounds may kill certain malignant cells in the lab but experts warn there is no definitive proof yet of its effects on cancer in humans. “The CBD oil turned things around for me,” said Gemma. “In December 2017 they said nothing would cure me as the tumours were so advanced and chemotherapy would only give me a few weeks or months. “I came home in January and have regained some use of my left side and can do much more than I could eight weeks ago. … [Read more...] about Terminal cancer patient claims cannabis has shrunk her brain tumours