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Neurosurgeon giving hope to the hopeless

He’s worked on nearly 10,000 brain tumors, he travels around the world to work on the most difficult cases and started his own organisation to raise money for brain cancer research, renowned neurosurgeon Charlie Teo joined 6PR Breakfast.

Professor Teo says he’s not a fan of giving false hope, but some patients are given a death sentence unnecessarily.

“The thing I would implore people to do, is always get a second opinion. I don’t know why people don’t. More than 90 per cent of my patients have had an opinion from someone else, or surgery from someone else, their tumor’s been deemed inoperable, they’ve been sent home to die and that is absolutely not the case,” Professor Teo told Steve Mills.

“The patient has to feel like they make the right decision based on the right intentions and pre-operative consent, so there is a real bond and a real connection between the family and myself when you make these life and death decisions,” he added.

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