July 8, 2015

Video: How one mom battled — and beat — a brain tumor


A series of headaches sent her to the hospital. Her doctor told her she had a brain tumor

A third headache sent Katie Creech to a community hospital. “You have a massive brain tumor, a very large brain tumor,” the doctor said. Then the Union City mother decided to find the best care possible.

Three months after complex brain surgery, Creech shares her story.

To schedule an appointment with one of Vanderbilt’s neurosurgeons, like Dr. Reid Thompson, visit Vanderbilt’s Brain Tumor Center.

Reid Thompson, M.D.

Reid Thompson, M.D., is a professor of Neurological Surgery and Otolaryngology and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His research interests include, among others, time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy for detection of brain tumors, development of optical contrast agents for the detection of gliomas, cytokine-enhanced antitumor immunotherapy, and intra-operative thermal imaging for brain tumors and vascular malformations.