Mark’s Brain Cancer Surgery

A Stage Two Astrocytoma in the left frontal lobe of the brain. 

That was my husband Mark’s diagnosis after a brain biopsy in early 2010. 

After one unsuccessful removal surgery mid-2010, we were referred to Duke University for more invasive and specialized surgery.  

After his Duke surgery, Mark’s medical team felt confident that it would be about 10 years before his cancer might need to be revisted.

We made it to 2017.

After a seizure at the beginning of 2017, his oncologist informed us that the tumor was steadily growing back. Multiple tests, scans and specialist visits later and it was confirmed, he needed surgery again.

So here we are at Duke University in North Carolina for a fourth surgery. After this surgery he will most likely need months of chemotherapy.

We are keeping our fingers crossed that the hospital and insurance company will work with us on payment plans and coverage.  

What we are most worried about is the out of pocket deductable of $7500.

This amount does not include the costs of travel, lodging and meals while away from home.

We are incredibly lucky to have a support network of family and friends to keep our spirits up. It was suggested we setup this page to help with financial support as well.

Whatever you are willing to give will be deeply appreciated and put towards the numerous medical bills already coming in.


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Erin Duffie 
Sumter, SC
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