TV host and Massachusetts native Maria Menounos made headlines when she revealed she underwent surgery for a meningioma – a type of brain tumor – in June after caring for her mother, who is also battling brain cancer.
“I didn’t cry. I actually laughed,” Menounos told People magazine. “It’s so surreal and crazy and unbelievable that my mom has a brain tumor—and now I have one too?”
Jason Rahal, MD, a neurosurgeon with South Shore NeuroSpine, says while brain tumors, including meningiomas, are rare, meningiomas are more common in women of Menounos’ age. A meningioma is a tumor that originates from the tissue that envelops the surface of the brain, and can cause symptoms when it grows large enough to push on the brain, nerves, or spinal cord.