Large Tumor Removed Through Small Incisions

Pediatric Surgeon, Dr. Steven Rothenberg, Removes 5 lb. Tumor With Minimally Invasive Procedure

ABC News
January 13, 2012
By: Mikaela Conley

Girl With 5 Pound Tumor in Chest Receives Minimally Invasive New Surgery

Anna Cole was only 10 years old when doctors found a tumor the size of a volleyball growing in the young musician's chest.

The discovery was by happenstance. Anna's mother, Chee-Hwa Cole, a musician and her father, Dr. Christopher Cole, a Colorado Springs-based cardiologist, noticed a slight curvature on the right side of her back as she sat playing the piano. Concerned that their daughter had scoliosis, they took her to the doctor for routine screenings.

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5280 Magazine
August, 2011
By: Lindsey B. Koehler

Medical Miracle: Thrown A Curve

When a routine appointment turns into something altogether uncommon—and very scary.

“We’re people of faith,” Christopher Cole says. “So the first thing we did after hearing the results was to pray.” The impulse to solicit help from a higher power was understandable: A large mass had just been found in Cole’s daughter’s chest.

Anna Cole, 10, had gone to see the pediatrician about an increasingly noticeable curvature of her spine. Her parents thought it might be scoliosis. Instead, over the phone, the pediatrician told them the X-rays showed a growth the size of a cantaloupe living in Anna’s lung. It was pulling on her spine. “That’s not the kind of call any parent wants,” says Christopher, a cardiologist practicing in Colorado Springs. “But as a physician, I knew just enough to be very afraid.”

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Ivanhoe Broadcasting Medical News
December 30, 2011

Tiny Tools Remove Huge Tumor

New York, NY (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Imagine being told you have a five pound tumor growing inside you. Now imagine getting that news when you're 13. That’s exactly what happened to one girl, but a minimally invasive option, usually reserved for adults, helped the talented teen.

She can work the keys of a piano, light up the strings of a violin and perform in unison with her siblings. For Anna Cole music is a way of life. It’s also the reason Anna's mom knew something was wrong with her daughter.

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WNDU Ch. 16
South Bend, IN
December 29, 2011

By: Maureen McFadden

New Medical Procedure Makes It Easier to Remove Large Tumors

Imagine being told you have a five pound tumor growing inside you. Now imagine getting that news, when you're 13 years-old. That's exactly what happened to one girl.

But a minimally invasive option, usually reserved for adults, helped the talented teen, not just survive, but recover quickly.

She can work the keys of a piano, light up the strings of a violin, and perform in unison with her siblings. For, Anna Cole, music is a way of life. It's also the reason Anna's mom knew something was wrong with her daughter.

Chee-Hwa Cole, Anna's mom, explains how she knew something was wrong, "I'm a musician, and I notice posture, and I noticed that she had a little curvature, a little hump."

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