‘I was a caricature of my worst traits’ – how brain cancer can affect the mind

r Barbara Lipska was working at her computer one morning in January 2015 when her right hand suddenly disappeared. Having spent her 40-year career studying the human brain, she immediately knew just how bad this was. The neuroscientist was aware that the most likely explanation was a tumour in the area of her brain governing vision. Having twice overcome cancer – in the breast in 2009 and then melanoma three years later – the spread of the disease was already a frightening possibility. So when Lipska’s doctor called the following morning to report the results of an emergency MRI scan...

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