Father-of-two, 46, says he 'feels great' after having 98 TUMORS removed from his brain caused by melanoma
A father-of-two has said he 'feels great' after having 98 cancerous tumors removed from his brain.
Leland Fay, a 46-year-old from Monument, Colorado, told CBS Denver that it's been six years since he was given the first cancer diagnosis, and he feels 'Great, you know, normal. Whatever normal is.'
Fay was diagnosed with aggressive melanoma in 2011 after feeling a bump on his scalp.
The cancer metastasized, causing he had 98 tumors on his brain, of which 97 were eventually removed using stereotactic radiosurgery, a type of radiation that directly targets brain tumors. Only one had to be removed surgically.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and can appear anywhere on the body. It often spreads to other organs in the body, and when that happens, is significantly harder to treat. After the original melanoma diagnosis, he had that part of his scalp removed, as well as the lymph nodes in his neck in an attempt to keep the disease from spreading.
At first, his oncologist said it looked bleak: he had six weeks to live.