A teenager who discovered he had an aggressive brain tumour after he collapsed from a seizure has travelled to Thailand for treatment.
In April of last year, Greg Lewis, from Bunbury in WA, had a seizure and a CT scan revealed calcification on his brain that was likely caused by a burst vein from when he was a child.
“I had no symptoms of a brain tumour before I was diagnosed when I had the seizure in my sleep while I was staying at my friend’s brother’s house,” Mr Lewis told Yahoo7 News.
“I was rushed to the hospital a few days later.”
An MRI confirmed the 18-year-old had a 30 millimetre brain tumour and he was started on a six-week course of chemotherapy and radiation.
But the treatments were unsuccessful and and a scan two months later revealed the tumour had “significantly increased in size”.
“I’ve under gone two brain surgeries – the first was in June then the second was on the 23rd of November – the day after my 19th birthday,” Mr Lewis said.
Despite the surgeons best attempt to remove the tumour, not all of it could be cleared.
Mr Lewis’ family said he had limited options and decided to travel to a cancer clinic in Thailand.
“The treatment in Thailand is envisaged to be 8 weeks in duration, and as such will be very expensive,” a post on a GoFundMe page read.
The teenager and his mother set off for Thailand on Sunday.
“I went through 33 sessions of radiation and three rounds of chemotherapy with no success,” Mr Lewis said.
“This clinic uses modern medicine and natural methods to combat cancer.”