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Sheryl Crow’s Brain Tumor Is a Benign Meningioma

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Crow was treated for breast cancer in 2006, but Dr. Rick Madhok, a neurosurgeon at the Cushing Neuroscience Institute of the North Shore-LIJ Health System in Manhasset, N.Y., told CBS News the two conditions were “likely unrelated.”

Experts say women and men, including those diagnosed with breast cancer, should not be overly concerned. The risk of developing a meningioma is relatively low among the general population and doctors will have already evaluated people with breast cancer.

In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Crow said she was experiencing memory problems — she forgot lyrics to "Soak Up the Sun" while on stage — which prompted her trip to the doctor.

"I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI. And I found out I have a brain tumor," Crow told the paper.

Crow says she isn’t worried about the tumor and will likely watch it for any changes before considering surgery.

Lynette Summerill is an award-winning writer and Scuba enthusiast living in San Diego, CA with her husband and two beach loving dogs. In addition to writing about cancer-related issues for EmpowHER, her work has been seen in newspapers and magazines around the world.


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Facts about Meningiomas. Brigham and Women’s Hospital. February 2012. Accessed June 6, 2012 at: http://www.brighamandwomens.org/departments_and_services/neurosurgery/meningioma/meningiomafacts.aspx

Reviewed June 7, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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