MIT student participates in own cancer diagnosis and treatment

April 2, 2015

Steven Keating, currently a student in Mechanical Engineering and the Media Lab, participated in a 2007 research study that included MRI scans of his brain; a small abnormality was seen, and he was advised to have it evaluated in a few years. When he developed symptoms in 2014, he requested an MRI through MIT Medical, and the scan showed that the abnormality had grown into a tumor the size of a baseball. On August 19, he had surgery at Boston's Brigham and Women's hospital to remove the tumor. He credits MIT, the Koch Institute, Professor Neri Oxman, and Professor Yoel Fink for helping him understand his diagnosis and treatment options and helping him find a great surgical team.


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