- After experiencing blurred vision, a man is diagnosed with brain cancer and goes to an ophthalmologist.
- The ophthalmologist found warning signs in the back of the eye, which could be caused by inflammation.
- Doctors diagnosed Matt Voyce with brain cancer, and he underwent emergency surgery to remove 70% of the tumor.
A man with brain cancer says an appointment with an ophthalmologist saved his life.
40-year-old Matt Voys is a former mechanic from England Headache And turning for seven years from the age of 32.
In the year In April 2020, Voyce’s headaches became severe, he started falling unexpectedly, and “black orbs” damaged his vision. He had an episode where, while driving, he felt sick and his vision was so blurry that he had to pull over.
“I started having epileptic seizures and the light would go out in my eyes. It was horrible for my children – Mason, 11 and Darcy, 15 – to witness,” he told the British news agency SWNS.
Voice said doctors thought his slurred speech and vision changes were caused by something wrong with him. blood pressure.
However, as his eyesight worsened, Voyce sought an eye doctor’s appointment, which was almost canceled due to Covid restrictions by the time.
“But I pushed myself to go,” he said.
During the appointment, he found warning signs that he might have an eye doctor Tumor or brain hemorrhage.
Glaucoma presses on the brain and causes symptoms such as vomiting
An ophthalmologist referred Sound to an eye clinic at a local hospital, and in May 2020, doctors at Brain cancerA tumor that arises from the cells that surround neurons in the brain is called an astrocytoma.
“I’ve been told on the left and right side of my brain that it’s going to be powerful,” Voice said.
Astrocytomas are a type of brain cancer called A. glioma. 33% of brain tumors are gliomas. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Brain cancers are rare, and a person in the US has less than a 1% chance of developing a malignant brain or spinal cord tumor in their lifetime. According to the American Cancer Society.
Gliomas can cause symptoms by pressing on the brain or spinal cord. The most common symptoms can come on slowly and be subtle: headaches, seizures, behavior changes, weakness of the arms, face or legs, and speech problems. They can cause vomiting, vision loss and dizziness, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Voice said: “I’m glad I went to the opticians when I did – otherwise I don’t think I’d be here for my kids.”
He underwent surgery to remove part of the fist-sized tumor
In the year In July 2020, he underwent surgery to remove 70% of the tumor on his right side. He then had 6 weeks of radiation therapy, followed by three chemotherapy treatments until January 2021 when he was unable to tolerate it.
“I lost all my hair, and I could see the kids looking at me differently,” he said.
Although the cancer is under control, the voice is short-lived Loss of memory and mobility issues, which mean he can no longer work as a mechanic, uses a stairlift and lives with his mother, who is a part-time nurse.
He is awaiting the results of an MRI to determine if the tumor has grown.
“I don’t have to pray every time,” he said.