Doctors near her home in Little River, SC, gave VanTress a grim prognosis. They said the two masses in her brain were inoperable.
VanTress sought a second opinion with DukeHealth neurosurgeon Peter Fecci, MD, PhD. She and her husband, Dave, are glad they did.
“If she hadn’t come here and she had gone home, there’s no doubt that she’d be dead by now,” said Dr. Fecci, co-director of the Duke Center for Brain and Spine Metastasis. “People still have traditional, old-school attitudes toward these tumors and think they can’t be treated. That’s just not true anymore.”
“I took a look and said, this is a difficult situation but it is something that we can operate on and it’s something that we can treat,” he said.