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Frank McCourt (1930—2009) Pulitzer prize-winning author of 'Angela’s Ashes', '‘Tis,' and 'Teacher Man.' McCourt was diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, in 2009 and underwent chemotherapy.

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Meningitis means inflammation of the meninges. Carcinomatous meningitis is meningitis that acts like a cancer and can cause symptoms such as weakness, confusion, and headaches; it is diagnosed via a lumbar puncture or MRI. Currently the only treatments are chemotherapy injected into the spinal flui...View full story
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