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If only brain tumour research could be funded in the same way as leukaemia and other cancers

Guy Opperman MP for Hexham mentions his brain tumour diagnosis in the House of Commons

During a debate on assisted dying in the House of Commons this week, Guy Opperman MP for Hexham contributed using reference to his own diagnosed of a meningioma: “During the Budget debate last year, I collapsed in Central Lobby. It was not, I assure hon. Members, the Budget that made be ill, but a tumour the size of a small fist in the left part of my brain. I was taken to St Thomas’s hospital, where an A and E doctor advised me that I required a craniotomy to remove the meningioma from my brain.

That was extremely frightening. I was advised as to the likelihood of death, paralysis, loss of speech or sight, and so much more. It was a week before I had my operation. I was one of the lucky ones. I survived with a few scars and with no deficit whatever. However, I have to face up to the possibility that I might not have been so lucky. I had a week to contemplate the situation. It made me think about what might have been.”

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