Dick Vitale Announces Is Cancer-Free, ‘Tiny Pretty Things’ Star Revealed Glioma Diagnosis and More


From Dick Vitale to Make-A-Wish’s Miles Scott reveal that they are cancer free, here is what’s happening in the oncology space this week.

Barton Cowperthwaite, star of “Tiny Pretty Things,” announced brain tumor diagnosis.

Star of “Tiny Pretty Things,” Barton Cowperthwaite, revealed that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Cowperthwaite, the star of the 2020 Netflix ballet drama, wrote about his diagnosis on Instagram this past Friday, showing a photo of himself wearing a hospital gown and showing his brain scans.

“The only course of treatment for something like this is brain surgery. Docs so far have been confident that they’ll be able to remove most of the tumor, and that after a successful operation, and some rehab, I will be operating like my (amazing, talented, brilliant, hilarious) self, Cowperthwaite said.” Cowperthwaite also wrote that the diagnosis is “at least stage 2 Glioma,” according to the post.

Cowperthwaite plans to go into surgery within the next week or so, as he announced in an Instagram video that the scans found a tumor the size of a lemon. Cowperthwaite had been experiencing seizures for the past eight weeks.

Cowperthwaite thanks his fans for the support, saying, “words have no capacity to express my gratitude and I’m just overwhelmed.”

Dick Vitale revealed that he is cancer-free after vocal cord cancer.

Dick Vitale giving a speech

Dick Vitale is now cancer-free, but cannot yet return to ESPN.

ESPN sportscaster, Dick Vitale, revealed on Monday that his vocal cord cancer “is gone,” but he needs time to heal his voice and can’t yet return to ESPN as a college basketball analyst.

"While I'm disappointed with the latest developments, I remain hopeful," Vitale said in a statement, according to ESPN. "The cancer is gone, which is amazing news, yet the impact of the treatments has taken its toll on my voice and requires more healing."

After being diagnosed with vocal cord cancer in July, Vitale was instructed to rest his voice for months to become healed and back to work by the end of November. Dr. Steven Zeitels, director of the MGH Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation Center, told Vitale that he needs more time to relax his vocal cords before his return.

Vitale had also been diagnosed with lymphoma in 2022 but revealed the he had become cancer free last year.

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"With the season started, I am jumping out of my shoes to be back in the college basketball arenas, calling the game I love and being around so many great colleagues and fans," Vitale noted. "I have to listen to the medical experts, who have been so good to me, and with some more rest, I know I will be back for my 45th season. I've been so touched by the amazing response I've received."

There is no date set for Vitale to return to ESPN.

Miles Scott, known as “Batkid,” announced that he is now cancer free.

Miles Scott dressed up as “Batkid” for his wish at Make-A-Wish in 2013, and the then 5-year-old stole the hearts of people everywhere. Now, he announced that he is cancer free.

Scott had dressed up as ‘Batkid’ and walked the streets of San Francisco after his Make-A-Wish dream came true.

Make-A-Wish is a nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children battling critical diseases. Scott was one of them.

"What Batkid did was be able to bring together this whole kind of community to participate in changing his life in giving him this wish, this dream, this sort of magical experience," Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area CEO Betsy Biern said. "In doing that, I think one of the things that Make-A-Wish does, is (it) brings people together."

Scott lives in a small town near the Oregon border and attends high school. He remains cancer free.

"I'm doing amazing," he said. "I would love to just say, 'Yeah, I’m fine.'"

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