In Tamara's case, seven was not a lucky number

October 13, 2011

Tamara began having headaches.

Bad ones.

They got to be so frequent, she started to worry that something was wrong.

As it turns out, there was.

After numerous tests, specialists concluded that she had a very rare brain tumor – so rare that not much is known about it. And, she was one of seven people in the world to have been diagnosed with it.

Neurosurgeons at Barnes-Jewish determined that surgery could be done, but they couldn’t promise her anything.

They told her that they’d be using the intraoperative MRI, a special device that allows surgeons to see detailed imaging of the brain during the surgery Their intention was to remove the entire tumor without compromising the surrounding brain tissue – using the intraoperative MRI, would help them to be more precise in hopes of getting all of the the tumor out in one shot.

To watch Tamara talk about her story in her own words, watch the video below:


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Category: Neurology & Neurosurgery, Patient Stories

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