Brain cancer, like that which took the life of Senator Ted kennedy, is a disease that affects people across the country, including here in the east.
According to Doctor Ron Allison at the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center in Pitt County -- there's been around 100 patients diagnosed with some type of brain cancer within the past year there. There are treatments -- many go through surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. He says the success of treatment depends on what type and stage the cancer is. But he says brain cancer is one of the scariest for many patients.
Dr. Allison says, "The brain tumors effect your personality, your thought, all your interaction, so they're a very tragic type of tumor even though they are relatively rare compared to other types of cancers"
One person who knows that all too well is 71 year-old Myde Harrison. She was diagnosed two months ago with brain cancer. She is currently undergoing treatment at Leo Jenkins and says she had two choices when she heard the news. "I mean it was either come and get better or die. I decided to come fore treatment.