That’s a fucking relief and a half.
Florida-based producer James Murphy — best known for his guitar work with Testament, Death, Obituary, Disincarnate, and, oddly, Cancer — recently revealed a new growth, close to where he had those cancerous tumors removed in 2001, had been discovered, but that it was small.
Now, he’s saying that it’s not cancerous. Surgery is not needed, and the tumor will be treated pharmacologically.
“A lot of you keep saying the ‘C’ word… I’ve been as clear as possible from the start that my tumor was/is, as I’ve understood [from] my doctors, not cancerous,” he says.
“At least not of the kind that spreads rampantly around the body. It was quite large originally, and I was close to the worst of all possible outcomes before the surgery that saved my life in 2001, but my tumor was/is a fully encapsulated pituitary adenoma.
“I know it’s a fairly normal response to the word ‘tumor’ to think of cancerous tumors, but I don’t want to detract from the plights of those with actual malignancies by not correcting the misperception that mine is of that nature,” Murphy adds. “The tumor I have can grow, and has grown a bit since my previous MRI from 18 months ago, and that can cause serious problems for me certainly, even death were it to grow large enough again… but it won’t spread into other structures; it can only grow larger and push into other organs, putting pressure on them or strangling them. That’s my understanding at least, and is why I was nearly blind when it was discovered originally, as it had pushed outward to my optic nerves… and also why I had memory issues, as it pressed into other parts of my brain from below.”
“As long as it’s inhibited from getting larger, I’ll be OK… I’ll have to take a prescription to inhibit its growth for the rest of my life, as well as a couple other ‘scripts to normalize the hormone issues caused by the fact that the tumor is on, and essentially part of, the pituitary gland,” he says. “I may have to receive radiation therapy at some point or in the worst case even another surgery, as was my recent scare, but from this particular type of tumor there is no worry of it spreading to other organs or lymph nodes, etc… only the concern of keeping it from becoming larger. The tumor nearly did take me out once, and could yet do so if it began growing unchecked again, so it’s a very serious condition… but it’s not a malignant cancer.”
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