When Melina DiPaola was 5 years old, she found out she had a brain tumor. She said she underwent nine tumor-related surgeries, six of them within the first year after her diagnosis. But to supplement the harsh treatments, DiPaola travelled with her parents to San Francisco from their home in Hadley, Mass. four times a year to receive acupuncture, laser treatments, and adjustments to her diet. When some of her tumor went away without being surgically removed, she and her parents attributed the success to her healthy lifestyle.
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