Brain tumors can happen to anyone, even an athletic man like Rick Box, who ran 2.5 miles every morning and worked out in preparation for marathons. Rick’s dentist noticed that he appeared thin in the face, and Rick began to experience grainy vision. When the ophthalmologist found nothing, he proceeded to his primary doctor, leading to the CT scan and brain biopsy that diagnosed the glioblastoma.
Rick was offered a clinical trial, but he had trouble finding a surgeon to do the brain tumor resection. “The surgeon that did the biopsy said he would not do the resection because he was afraid he would kill me, paralyze me, put me in a coma, make me blind, lose my speech, and so forth. He thought it was too risky where it was,” Rick explained. “My wife… cornered him against the door: ‘You have to come up with a better solution.’ Luckily, he came up with Dr. Lee Tessler with the Long Island Brain Tumor Center,” he added.
Lee Eric Tessler, M.D ., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.N.S., is the executive director of Long Island Brain Tumor Center and a partner at NSPC. He is a board certified neurosurgeon specializing in the treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors, meningiomas, stereotactic surgery, and radiosurgery.
Jai Grewal, M.D., is a board certified neuro-oncologist who treats patients with primary and metastatic tumors of the brain and spine, such as glioblastoma, astrocytoma, oliodendroglioma, ependymoma, meningioma, and lymphoma. His multifaceted treatment approach includes standard and experimental chemotherapy, radiation, and advanced surgical techniques.
Rick’s tumor resection surgery with Dr. Tessler and Dr. Grewal involved over 50 staples and was complex. Rick praised the interest and dedication of the staff as they assisted him: “It’s an amazing crew they have there. They all came to meet me. They wanted to see how strong I was and what sort of faculties I was missing.”
Rick lost peripheral vision in both eyes and can no longer drive, but he has otherwise made a full recovery. He credited “the skill of the surgeon” in his recovery.
Dr. Tessler and Dr. Grewal Perform Risky, Successful Brain Tumor Resection Surgery