Racing Against Time: Doctors Collaborate to Help Pregnant Woman with Brain Tumor

CUMC Newsroom
July 30, 2014

In early 2013, Pamela Sternberg of Washington Heights was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a particularly aggressive type of brain cancer. Complicating matters, Ms. Sternberg was 22 weeks pregnant. Doctors told her she had a year to live, and she could not receive any treatment while pregnant.

So Ms. Sternberg sought a second opinion. After consulting with neuro-oncologist Andrew B. Lassman, MD, she was offered an unconventional option: to receive radiation during her pregnancy, giving her a chance to save her own life and keep her baby. Dr. Lassman is the John Harris Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia and chief of neuro-oncology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. [read more]