‘It’s important for research to move forward’: cancer survivor (Article)

June 2 / 2015

Erin McCracken, Ottawa Community News: When the headaches started two years ago, Denis Raymond passed them off “just a migraine – just very long lasting.”

But when he began experiencing hiccups that lasted 24 hours a day, he sought medical help.

The hiccups turned out to be a symptom of pressure in his brain, caused by a glioblastoma multiforme tumour the size of a baseball, one of the most deadliest forms of brain cancer.

Surgery on the then 26-year-old’s front right temporal lobe took place the day after his diagnosis. Radiation soon followed at the Ottawa Hospital’s cancer centre at the General campus.

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