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Mr Chris Mascott 6 Years, 3 Months ago  
I just want to let everyone know about this amazing surgeon. He is based in the Beacon Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. My husband Conor had his brain surgery two weeks ago. He was previously told that it was too dangerous to operate on his grade 2 astrocytoma. The tumour was in his supplementary cortex and some of it in the motor cortex. The previous surgeon also told Conor that if they operated they wouldn't be able to remove even 50% of the tumour and the surgery would permanently paralyse him. Thankfully, two years after diagnosis we finally found a surgeon who genuinely wanted to help Conor. So on the 29th of June, Conor had his surgery. He had 81% of his tumour removed. We are thrilled with the result. He did suffer temporary weakness on his left hand side but that's almost gone now. We were well warned that it would happen after surgery in the supplementary cortex. It's called Supplementary Motor Syndrome. He was home two weeks after surgery. Unfortunately, his tumour is now grade 3 so he will need radiation treatment. Mr Mascott is an amazing man. He explained everything about surgery to us in detail and gave us so much time to ask questions. The moral of our story is always get more than one opinion. In fact, get as many as you can. Brain tumours are relatively rare. If you live in a country with a small population like Ireland, then the surgeons often don't have the experience or equipment to carry out complex surgeries. Pm me, if anyone wants any details. Best of luck everyone
 
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My husband has a grade 2 diffusely infiltrating astrocytoma
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Re:Mr Chris Mascott 6 Years, 3 Months ago  
That's great news - wishing your hubby the very best of luck with his treatment and recovery. These surgeons are a godsend, they really are.
Best wishes,
Deb xxx
 
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Re:Mr Chris Mascott 6 Years, 3 Months ago  
While I have not doubt and agree that Chris Mascott is a very skilled surgeon and he did indeed do a biopsy on Chris tumor ( that no other surgeon would touch), his consultation skills leave a alot to be desired ( I understand each case is different) When the results of Chris biopsy were due, Chris Mascott promised to meet us to discuss the results when it came to it, he said there was no need and to e-mail our question, I discovered the terminal diagnoses by answer to a list of questions that I wrote to him by e-mai, I felt cheated and devastated not be able to ask for questions of Mr Mascott. As i say not a doubt about his skill but he really needs to be aware of peoples emotions at a time like this.

Carole
 
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Re:Mr Chris Mascott 6 Years, 3 Months ago  
Carole I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience with Mr Mascott. As you say every case is different but I have to say I found him an absolute breath of fresh air. My first consultation with him lasted for an hour and a half and he explained everything to my wife and I in detail that we never got from any other doctor.
Mr Mascott successfully removed my tumour in April 2009 after I had been told it was inoperable by my local NHS trust. I'm forever grateful to him and I back up everything Dalton13 says in the post above
 
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Re:Mr Chris Mascott 6 Years, 3 Months ago  
I have to reiterate how kind Mr Mascott was... He visited Conor up to 4 times a day on weekdays and came in both Saturdays and Sundays. He spent nearly two hours with us during our first consultation. He was present at all Conor's MRI's and CAT scans. He was in and out to Conor numerous times on the day before surgery. I was so calm while Conor was in surgery for 7.5 hours and ONLY because he had explained everything bout the procedure in detail. We had to wait three months last year to get the results of a scan from our previous surgeon. Mr Mascott meets you the day of the appointment and gives you the results..a brilliant service. Last year Conor was so anxious about the scan, he had a seizure and couldn't drive for 6 months!
 
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Re:Mr Chris Mascott 5 Years, 5 Months ago  
Just a quick update...its 10 months now since Conor's surgery. His last scan was the end of February and we were delighted to find out that there was only approx 2% of the tumour left. He had 94% removed by surgery and chemo & radiation did the rest. He is a new man... or really the old Conor that I married is back. I thank God every day, we really realise how lucky we are that the surgery and treatment went so well.
 
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Re:Mr Chris Mascott 5 Years, 5 Months ago  
That is fantastic new, i know i was negative about chris Masscott way he gave us results but you can not deny he is as he says " the surgeon who goes where no other surgeon goes" great to hear positive news congratulations. our success stories are so important.
 
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Re:Mr Chris Mascott 5 Years, 5 Months ago  
brilliant news. thrilled for you both and the family xx
 
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My loving,giving and very handsome dad was 1st diagnosed with a gbm 4 in April 09.
He fought a very brave battle but only lasted 9 short months.
He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving and dedicated family on 19th January 2010.
He remains my Hero x
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Re:Mr Chris Mascott 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
Four years since surgery and no re growth of tumour since.. Conor is back at work and in good health and spirits! Be positive everyone, there are good stories out there..
 
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