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Famous People Who Had Brain Tumors

Updated April 17, 2019 30.7k views28 items

Brain tumors are a serious disease and often require intense treatments and invasive surgeries. Tumors do not discriminate based on wealth and privilege, as evident by the celebrities with brain tumors listed below. Whether benign or cancerous, having a brain tumor is a scary experience that can cause you to reevaluate your life. Many of the famous people who've dealt with tumors have shared what they've learned from the experience publicly, helping others cope with similar health crises. 

Brain cancer survivors and survivors of benign tumors often endure risky medical procedures to save their lives. These surgeries and treatments can result in complications like blindness and facial paralysis, but such treatments at least help beat a disease that has taken too many lives. Sadly, many people with brain tumors do not survive.

  • Maria Menounos told People her 2017 brain tumor diagnosis was a blessing in disguise, saying:

    Before the brain tumor, I was super type A. I was on top of everything. I would know when your birthday was and make sure you had your flowers. I was everything to everyone, but nothing to myself.

    Menounos had a successful surgery that reportedly removed 99.9% of the tumor.

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    • In 2008, Tionne Watkins - AKA T-Boz of TLC - was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Following surgery to have the tumor removed, Watkins temporarily lost her sight, hearing, and ability to speak.

      "I fought so hard to get it back and I’m doing shows again," she said on Access Hollywood, "I know I’m here for a higher purpose… maybe I can help somebody."


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      • Scott Hamilton

        Doctors have discovered three benign brain tumors in Scott Hamilton since 2004. He also had testicular cancer in 1997.

        "I’m just trying to stay in my lane and do good things, and take advantage of the time that I have," he said in a 2017 interview with People.


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          Foreigner singer Lou Gramm learned that he had a non-cancerous, egg-sized brain tumor in 1997. He wrote in his book, Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock N' Roll:

          I started getting incredible headaches - worse than any hangover I'd ever had. My long and short-term memory started to become spotty, and my eyes would cross once in a while. And I went for an MRI and they said it was a large tumor, the size of an egg and that it had been there since birth, growing.

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