Patient Stories

  • Allyson Mandry, Metastatic Breast Cancer

    By the time Allyson visited Stanford for her brain tumor, I had already been treated for Stage III breast cancer elsewhere. She was living in San Diego and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017.

  • Rob Henslin - Atypical Meningioma

    In April 2021, Rob Henslin experienced a worrying episode: he had migraine-like symptoms and mental confusion. Rob landed in the emergency room, where his care team ordered an imaging scan to rule out an aneurysm. His doctor came in with the news: Rob didn't have a brain bleed, but the scan detected a mass in his brain.

  • Rachel Soto, Pilocytic Astrocytoma

    Four years ago, Rachel Soto of San Diego was 34 and a mother of two young children when an MRI revealed something she never expected – a mass in her brain, the size of a grape, pushing up against her brainstem.

  • Oren Barkan, Acromegaly

    Juan Fernandez-Miranda was able to fully remove a pituitary gland tumor that was thought to be inoperable from Oren Barkan after a previous unsuccessful surgery in Israel.

  • David Silva, Craniopharyngioma

    David Silva was diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma brain tumor when he was just 22 years old. Treating this type of tumor is difficult and complex. Over the course of a decade Silva endured five brain surgeries at multiple hospitals, but the procedures were all unsuccessful and the tumor persisted. Silva was ready to give up hope, but then he heard about a neurosurgeon with unique expertise at Stanford..