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October 26, 2001
Steve Virgen Two roads diverged in a wood And I took the one less traveled by And that has made all the difference -- Robert Frost Passion does not come by chance. Passion is not a gift. Matt Doyle is the evidence. His life indicates loss breeds desire, the will to overcome. When doctors discovered a tumor the size of a cantaloupe that took up half of his left lung, Doyle prepared for a long and hilly road. The Newport Harbor High junior, who is on the Sailors' junior varsity cross country team, wondered if he would ever run again.
January 30, 2006
Former congressman will have tumor on thymus removed; he plans to resume work in a few weeks.Former Newport Beach Rep. Chris Cox, who now chairs the Securities and Exchange Commission, will have surgery today to remove a thymoma, or a tumor on the thymus gland, a statement from the commission said. The thymus is located behind the sternum and helps in the development of the body's immune system. Cox, 53, is expected to be hospitalized for a few days and get back to work within a few weeks.
October 5, 2000
Danette Goulet A week ago, 9-year-old Brianna Olympius was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and given anywhere from two weeks to a year to live. However, during a seven-hour surgery Tuesday, doctors were able to remove 80% to 90% of the tumor that had woven itself onto the brain stem of the Newport Beach girl. Although they are making no promises, doctors are optimistic, said Brianna's mother, Suzi Olympius. "Today she's better -- she could talk better," Suzi Olympius said Wednesday.
November 16, 2000
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA -- A fund-raiser this month for Brianna Olympius, a 9-year-old Costa Mesa girl who underwent surgery last month to remove a benign brain tumor, brought in $44,000 to help pay her medical bills. Brianna, a fourth-grade student at Newport Heights Elementary School, was diagnosed with the brain tumor last month. She underwent a grueling seven-hour surgery in which 90% of the tumor at her brain stem was removed. Since then, she has had two innovative, noninvasive gamma knife treatments.
January 18, 2002
-- Deirdre Newman Efforts to stop one of the deadliest cancers are bearing fruit at UC Irvine. Researchers there recently made a discovery that may ultimately slow the growth of pancreatic tumor cells and increase survival rates for the world's fourth-deadliest cancer. The study appears in the January issue of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. Murray Korc, professor of medicine and chief of endocrinology at UCI Medical Center, and his colleagues found that the binding of growth factors to "dummy" receptors -- ones incapable of sending signals to cells -- sharply reduced tumor sizes and decreased the spread of cancer cells to other parts of the body.
October 12, 2000
Danette Goulet NEWPORT BEACH -- Students at Newport Heights Elementary are yearning for the return of one of their favorite classmates -- Brianna Olympius. "I just want her to come back to school," said 9-year-old Desiree Alexander. "She's really nice and a good girl." They are not alone. Brianna can't wait to take her seat in John Daffron's fourth-grade class in Room 28, and doctors hope to have her back in weeks. Every fourth-grader at the school signed a 10-foot, neon pink banner that they proudly displayed Wednesday as a get well wish to their classmate.
By Charlie Brande | March 8, 2012
On Tuesday, Corona del Mar High will play Edison at Orange Coast College in a nonleague boys' volleyball match that starts at 6 p.m. The event is far more important than a simple high school volleyball match. Coaches Steve Conti (CdM) and Brian Boone (Edison) have established the game as the McKenna Claire Challenge. All funds from the gate and the snack bar as well as donations will go to the McKenna Claire Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer. McKenna (Macky) Wetzel was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor Jan. 21, 2011.
By Steve Smith | June 12, 2012
Cay and I married Feb. 22, 1987. On May 29, 2010, she stopped speaking to me. At first, I thought it was a combination of job stress, a few converging life events and the distinct possibility that she was mad at me. Several days later, at the urging of her employer and family friend, Jeff Schulein, I talked my way into the last appointment of the day with Dr. Kathleen Boos, her primary care physician. Boos performed a few simple tests, after which she said, "I want her to go to Hoag right now and get an MRI. " At 7 p.m. June 7, 2010, Cay's brain was scanned so doctors could determine why she was not speaking.
By Steve Smith | October 23, 2012
Concurrent with my duties as a weekly columnist for the Daily Pilot, I provide business development guidance to physicians and dentists. Since 1998, this work has taken me behind the scenes at countless medical and dental offices, clinics and hospitals. I have consulted for solo practitioners, group practices and large medical facilities and recently spent two years managing my wife's treatment for brain cancer. As a result, I am in a unique position to make the following statement: Forget everything you know about receiving medical care.
By Sarah Peters, | August 23, 2010
After more than a decade of affiliation, the Brain and Spine Surgeons of Orange County have joined the medical staff of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach at Hoag's new Neurosciences Institute. A private practice founded by Dr. Christopher M. Duma in 1997, the Brain and Spine Surgeons of Orange County will open its new offices on West Coast Highway in early September, according to a press release. Duma is a board-certified neurosurgeon who for the last 10 years has helped lead Hoag's brain tumor and gamma knife radiosurgery programs.
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