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May 21, 2009

The Day 14-year-old Evelyn learned surgery to remove her brain tumor was a success

A story in the August 3, 2009 edition of the Fredericksburg Freelance-
Star chronicles the risky surgery that 14-year-old Evelyn underwent in May. For half of her life, she had dealt with painful headaches as well as problems with vision and balance that were the results of an optic pathway glioma, a slow-growing and benign tumor that was nonetheless dangerous because of its location amidst the brain’s blood vessels and nerves.

When chemotherapy and radiation failed to stop the growth of the tumor that had reached the size of a tangerine, neurosurgeon Gary Tye, M.D., recommended a more aggressive approach.

Read the Freelance-Star article “Risky surgery yields great results for teen” for details on the difficult surgery and the later brain scan that revealed the surgery’s success.

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