When we operate on the brain to save a life, however, we are causing damage that can rarely be rectified.
We are torn between damaging a life to save a life.
In American units with Brain Path, length of stay in hospital was down from 5.2 days to 2.8 days when compared to traditional brain surgery, and time spent in intensive care was down from 1.7 days to 0.9 days on average.
But Lucy insists it’s the kind of relationship with which they are both happy. ‘When we met through friends, I wasn’t immediately attracted to Doug, even though he ticks a lot of boxes for me — he’s dark-haired, dark-eyed, university-educated, intelligent and funny,’ says Lucy.
Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40, with 5,000 losing their battle every year.
Just one in five adults survives five years after diagnosis.
To a selfish man with commitment phobia, it might sound like the perfect relationship — a close female friend with whom they can enjoy companionship, shared holidays, a good laugh . There is even a term for it — Friends With Benefits — the supposed benefit being that the friends not only enjoy each other’s company, but sleep with one another, too.
For a growing number of young women, sleeping with a friend is no longer a taboo but a lifestyle choice.