published : 2023-11-14

Netflix Star Barton Cowperthwaite Diagnosed with Brain Tumor

'Tiny Pretty Things' actor reveals shocking news on social media

Barton Cowperthwaite holding a Netflix logo sign, taken with Nikon D850

Barton Cowperthwaite, best known for his role on the Netflix series 'Tiny Pretty Things,' has announced that doctors have discovered a brain tumor.

The 31-year-old actor took to Instagram to share the diagnosis, revealing that he has been diagnosed with at least a stage 2 Glioma, a fairly decent sized brain tumor.

According to Cowperthwaite, the tumor's cells originate in the brain and are not spread from cancer in any other part of the body.

The only treatment for a glioma like this is brain surgery, and doctors are confident that they will be able to remove most of the tumor.

Following a successful operation and rehabilitation, Cowperthwaite hopes to return to his usual amazing, talented, brilliant, and hilarious self.

Close-up of a brain scan showing a glioma tumor, taken with Canon EOS R

A glioma is a growth of cells that starts in the brain or spinal cord and looks similar to healthy brain cells called glial cells, according to the Mayo Clinic.

As the glioma grows, it forms a tumor that can press on brain or spinal cord tissue and cause various symptoms such as headaches, nausea, memory loss, and seizures.

Cowperthwaite plans to undergo surgery sometime this week after experiencing several seizures over the past eight weeks.

Doctors discovered an abnormality on a CAT scan, which led to an MRI revealing a lemon-sized glioma in his right frontal lobe.

Despite not being an immediate concern, Cowperthwaite is determined to have the tumor removed and has been preparing for the surgery with the support of his loved ones.

Barton Cowperthwaite with his partner Sophie Thoerner by his side, showing support, taken with Sony a7 III

The actor's partner, Sophie Thoerner, expressed her unwavering support for him, saying, 'In sickness and in health, my love.'

Messages of love and encouragement poured in from others, including actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson who sent heart emojis, and Cowperthwaite's co-star Casimere Jollette who expressed faith in his recovery.

In addition to sharing updates about his health, Cowperthwaite also mentioned a Go Fund Me page to assist with medical expenses and support his family during his recovery process.