Maria Menounos urges the public to dismiss symptoms not just as “work stress,” as she did before her brain tumor diagnosis.
The 40-year-old Sirius XM host revealed in July 2017 that she had a mass as large as a golf ball and that she had undergone surgery to remove it.
In a recent appearance Fox News Radio, Menounos said she experienced symptoms such as headache and blurred vision, but she put them aside – especially since she devoted all her energy to caring for her mother, who had stage 4 brain cancer.
“I didn’t listen to my body. Every time my body would scream and make noises, I’d be like, “Shut up, I’m busy,” she told Brian Kilmeade.
“I got a headache, my vision became a little blurred … But I swear, God made these things happen loudly so that I would see what happened.”
Maria Menounos, 40, opened up learning that she had a brain tumor, while her mother fought Brian Kilmeade in the Fox News Radio against stage four brain cancer.
The 40-year-old Sirius XM host revealed in July 2017 that she had a tumor the size of a golf ball and that she had surgery to remove it. But she admitted that she ignored symptoms such as headache and blurred vision because she was so busy. Pictured, left and right: Menounos on Fox News Radio
Menounos told Fox News Radio that she had so many responsibilities that she didn’t have time to check herself.
“I did a million things … and besides, I am a woman, so my hair must be perfect, and my nails must be perfect, and I must send the flowers, and I must plan the vacations and I must do everything like all women who listen to this know, “she said.
Menounos said she went to a doctor at the UCLA Medical Center in February 2017 and told him that she had an ear infection because she had an earache.
Unconvinced, he asked her if she had any other symptoms.
“When I listed the symptoms, I said,” Oh my God, I think I have a brain tumor like my mother, but I know you think I’m crazy, “she said.
“And he says,” No, let’s get an MRI and have it checked. ” And then, see, and I had it. ”
Menounos, a former host of E! News, was diagnosed with meningioma, a tumor of the meninges, the tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
However, it is classified as a brain tumor because it puts pressure on the skull nerves. The tumor usually forms in the head and about 85 percent of the cases are benign.
Because the tumors grow slowly, a patient can live for years with a meningioma before it is noticed.
Symptoms are usually blurred vision, painful headache, hearing loss, memory loss and loss of smell.
If the tumor is asymptomatic, doctors can do that recommended regular monitoring with brain scans.
However, if the tumor grows or the symptoms begin to develop, patients need surgery to remove all or most of the mass.
If the tumor is cancer, radiation can be used to kill cancer cells or on parts of the mass that the surgeon could not remove.
The mother of Menounos, Litsa, has been fighting against stage four brain cancer since August 2016, in particular a rare and aggressive cancer known as glioblastoma. Pictured: Menounos, on the right, with her mother
The former E! The tumor of the news host is called a meningioma and is a tumor of the meninges, the tissue around the brain and the spinal cord
Meanwhile, mother Litsa of Menounos has been fighting since August 2016 against stage 4 brain cancer, especially glioblastoma.
Also known as glioblastoma multiforme, this is a rare, aggressive type of brain tumor that is found in the brain or on the spinal cord.
They form from star-shaped cells in the brain known as astrocytes and provide their own blood supply, allowing them to grow quickly.
Symptoms include constant painful headache, vomiting, seizures, double vision, and speech problems.
According to the American Brain Tumor Association, around 14,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
Treatment options to slow and control tumor growth include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation – but the cancer usually comes back.
The tumors are grade IV, the most deadly form, and the five-year survival rate is only five percent.
Menounos said she didn’t want to burden her parents with her diagnosis, so she kept it secret and told her only two days before her surgery.
Menounos said she didn’t want to burden her parents with her diagnosis, so she told her only two days before her surgery. Pictured: Menounos, right, with her mother during the Stand Up To Cancer broadcast in September 2018
She recently revealed on social media that, although her mother’s tumor has shrunk considerably, treatments have reduced her cognitive function. Shown: menus in April 2019, left and in February 2019, right
“At that time we had heard that my mother’s tumor was growing and it was really a dangerous time and very scary,” Menounos said.
“My mother was diagnosed in August almost three years ago, and about eight months later the diagnosis was made, so we both had brain operations within one year of each other, within the same year.”
She recently revealed on social media that, although her mother’s tumor has shrunk considerably, treatments have reduced her cognitive function.
“My mother is a miracle … but cognitively she has a lot of damage,” Menounos said in an Instagram story, according to the Boston Herald.
‘She is no longer my mother and I don’t know how to explain it differently. Sometimes she doesn’t know what’s going on, she can’t remember things, sometimes she does crazy things. “