Barton Cowperthwaite
Barton Cowperthwaite. Image Credit: Instagram/bartonc

Actor Barton Cowperthwaite, who acted in Netflix’s 2020 ballet drama, ‘Tiny Pretty Things,’ has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

In an Instagram post on Friday, Cowperthwaite said that he had been diagnosed with stage 2 Glioma.

He wrote, “So.... Yesterday I was diagnosed with at least a stage 2 Glioma. It is a fairly decent-sized brain tumour. The tumour’s cells originate in the brain, so it’s not spread from cancer anywhere else in the body.”

“The only course of treatment for something like this is brain surgery. Docs so far have been confident that they’ll be able to remove most of the tumour, and that after a successful operation, and some rehab, I will be operating like my (amazing, talented, brilliant, hilarious) self. That being said, it seems like scans and checkups will be a part of my life for its lengthy remainder.”

He concluded, “My family and I are taking several days to get second opinions. Planning to go into surgery middle or end of next week. I’ll do my best to be open about the journey here. I am planning on fully bouncing back to be better than my former glory! Please feel free to reach out and I’ll do my best to stay connected with as many people as I can. All my love.”

He included a picture of himself in a medical gown in his post, as well as two images of his brain scans.

He also expressed his gratitude to his supporters, stating, “Love you all so much. Will continue sending updates.”

Cowperthwaite is a professionally skilled dancer who starred in the one-season premiere of ‘Tiny Pretty Things’ on Netflix in 2020. He also appeared in ‘Centre Stage: On Pointe,’ the third part of the ‘Centre Stage’ franchise, and the 2019 “Fosse/Verdon” mini-series.

He was scheduled to appear in the off-Broadway theatrical production ‘Lone Star,’ a dark comedy set during the Vietnam War, written by James McClure and planned to premiere later this month.