Rare Disease Report

TV Personality Maria Menounos Had Rare Brain Tumor

JULY 03, 2017
RDR Staff
Maria Menounos has revealed she had meniogioma, a rare benign brain tumor.

On June 8th, the TV personality underwent a 7-hour surgery to remove the tumor and after a 6-day stay in the hospital, she is now recovering at home. A full recovery is expected.
Meningiomas are usually slow growing benign tumors that originate in the meninges. Symptoms will be dependent on the location and size of the tumor but may include seizures, headaches, limb weakness, memory loss, slurred speech, double vision, tinnitis, etc.
Menounos began to suspect she had brain cancer based on her own symptoms of having trouble speaking as well as her experience caring for her mother who currently has stage 4 brain cancer.
Menounos said it was taking her 3 attempts to get out the words she wanted to say and that led her to tell her doctor “I know you are going to think I am crazy but I feel like I have a brain tumor like my mom.” Her doctor replied that based on her symptoms (blurred vision, speech problems, tinnitus), he did not think she was crazy and ordered an MRI that led to the diagnosis of meningioma.  
Keith L. Black, MD, chairman of the neurosurgery department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, performed the surgery to remove the tumor on June 8th. Dr. Black is also managing Menounos’s mother.
Surgery is a common treatment choice for people with meningioma. Other options, depending on the symptoms and tumor location, are watchful waiting or radiation therapy.
According to Menounos, the experience has brought her family closer and reminded her that people need to pay attention to their own bodies and be their own loudest advocate. “We’re caretakers as women and we put ourselves last,” she said. “I tell people all the time if your car is making a weird noise, you take it to the mechanic. How come when our body is making weird noises, we ignore it?”

Below is Menounos' Facebook post about her health and an update on her mother's health.

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