NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Manhattan teenager is being honored for her groundbreaking cancer research.
Some scientists have spent their entire careers trying to decode cancer, but 18-year-old Elana Simon achieved a major breakthrough while still in high school.
The Dalton High School graduate was diagnosed with a rare pediatric liver cancer called fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma when she was 12.
“It’s terrifying, it’s sad, it’s scary,” she told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams. “I was lucky enough that they caught it early enough that surgery was a viable option.”
So what made her develop this rare cancer? Simon wanted answers.