Autumn Gunnell, 14, has touched people's lives with her cooking. Autumn cooks for cancer patients and their caregivers. She has been taking baking classes for a few years. Autumn says she enjoys the cooking as a nice thing to do.


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These were my signs and symptoms that lead me to get a pap smear, a coloscopy and LEEP surgery, only to find out I have Cervical Cancer Stage 1, Grade 1B1.

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Jed thought he had a lingering sinus infection, but developed vision problems. A large pituitary tumor was pressing on his optical nerves & he underwent surgery at Houston Methodist. Today, Jed's eyesight & daily activities are back to normal. View more patient stories →


Dr. Mas Takashima, director of the Sinus Center and associate professor at the Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, describes the common symptoms of pituitary gland tumors, such as headaches, visual disturbances and hormonal dysregulation.
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An active outdoorsman undergoes complex surgery to remove an aggressive spinal cord tumor, or cordoma, that could’ve left him paralyzed. With the help of Mayo Clinic’s spinal tumor experts, his surgery was a success and he continues to enjoy all of his favorite outdoor activities. Find out why Mayo Clinic is the best place for your care:


Aimee Garrison was 26 weeks pregnant when the pain became overwhelming. She had trouble sleeping and keeping up with her toddler. An MRI revealed a rare spinal cord ependymoma, which affects less than 2,000 adults each year. A tumor the size of a baby carrot had been slowly growing in Aimee’s spinal cord, pushing it against her vertebrae.
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There are multiple treatment paths for patients with ependymoma. The CERN Foundation has created an international clinical trials network that includes several clinical centers of excellence in both pediatric and adult ependymomas in the United States. Currently, the CERN Foundation is developing clinical trials designed for ependymoma patients. Patients that meet eligibility requirements must join the trial at a CERN Center. We are pleased to have two open trials, one for adults with ependymoma and one for children with ependymoma, and expect to open additional trials in the future. Learn more about ependymoma and the CERN Foundation at You can join our e-newsletter list to receive updates on ependymoma and join the message boards.