Atlanta anchor says she’s been diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer
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Moore underwent surgery in April 2021 to remove two masses from her brain, just a few days after they were discovered by her doctors. Now, she has shared that tests have confirmed she has glioblastoma.
Glioblastoma is the most common kind of brain cancer and unfortunately, the only treatment options are aimed at slowing the growth of tumors. While there is no cure for cancer of any type, glioblastoma is unique in that no known radiation, chemotherapy or other medical interventions can make the patient “cancer free.”
Moore is undergoing both chemo and radiation to try to slow the growth of the tumor in her brain.
Only about a quarter of glioblastoma patients survive more than one year past diagnosis and less than 5% will make it past the five year mark.
Moore is being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and may be able to participate in experimental treatments or clinical trials.
Her doctor, Dr. Edjah Nduom, specializes in the treatment of this type of brain cancer, and emphasizes that healthy choices and positive support can ease the difficult treatments that Moore will undergo.
Moore gave permission for Nduom to discuss her condition with a WSB reporter.
Today is a tough day here at Channel 2. Our beloved anchor @jovitamoore has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Please keep her in your prayers as she fights this battle #JovitaStrong
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) July 29, 2021
The station said in a tweet that “it’s a tough day here at Channel 2” and introduced a hashtag to support Moore: #JovitaStrong.
Her colleague and longtime friend, Community and Public Affairs Director Condace Pressley said that Moore is ready for a fight.
“Our girl is strong. Our girl is a fighter and she’s doing great every day,” said Pressley.
Moore has three children, whom she calls her “most important accomplishments” in her station bio.
The station is collecting well wishes from viewers online and is also accepting mailed in cards and notes at WSB-TV, 1601 West Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.
Moore has also requested that those interested in supporting her donate to Our House Atlanta, a homeless shelter in Atlanta, or The National Brain Tumor Society.
Moore joined WSB in 1998 and anchors the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. She has won multiple Emmys and is a member of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.