Labourer, 23, given 18 months to live after being diagnosed with testicular cancer – in his brain
A labourer has been given 18 months to live after being diagnosed with testicular cancer – in his BRAIN.
Jordan Payne, 23, found out that he had a suprasellar germ brain tumour, where testicular cancer cells grow in the brain’s pituitary gland, after a building site accident in 2017.
The labourer from Ripley, Derbyshire, had been working on the site when a pipe ruptured, sending stones flying towards him.
Jordan’s helmet was struck by a piece of debris but he was more or less uninjured.
It was only when his then-girlfriend noticed that his behaviour had dramatically changed – as he was forgetting people’s names and appeared lethargic – he was encouraged to go for a CT scan.
After the scan in March 2017, Jordan and his family were given the devastating news of the cancerous mass, which doctors say is the size of a golf ball on his pituitary gland.
Jordan’s mum Ellen Payne, 40, said: “In the womb the last thing to form are the testicles.
“The seeds to form the testicles travel from the brain to the spine and genitals.
“In Jordan’s case, not all of the seeds travelled from the brain and remained for years, eventually becoming cancerous.
“When doctors told us they’d found the tumour, it was just pure shock.
“It was the worst day of my life.
“If he hadn’t have had the accident at work we wouldn’t have found the brain tumour.
“But it’s just been horrific. It’s changed me, and it’s burned a whole in all our hearts.
“It’s absolutely devastated us, and we don’t have a choice, we just have to face what’s coming.
“He’s changed a lot since the accident due to the side effects of the medicine and he’s a lot quieter than he used to be.
“But he’s still got his amazing sense of humour. I still treat him the same which is how he wants it.”
Jordan’s scan showed his brain had swelled up, almost covering the whole surface area of his skull.
He now also suffers from short term memory loss and epilepsy and is unable to remember most of his ordeal apart from a few fragments.
The condition has also affected Jordan’s day-to-day life with the short-term memory loss rendering him incapable of looking after himself.
Since his diagnosis, Jordan has had to give up his construction job, a role he said he loved.
And despite undergoing four rounds of chemotherapy, six brain operations, as well as 44 rounds of radiotherapy, last month Jordan and his family, were given the devastating news his tumour had grown.
Jordan’s only option is now a high-risk brain operation which could leave kill him or leave him permanently blind or paralysed.
He said: “I absolutely loved my job. It killed me when I found out I wasn’t going back.
“I’ve just got to stay positive. If I don’t I’ll just break down and I’ve got to stay strong for me and my family.”
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FACT BOX: WHAT IS JORDAN’S CANCER
Jordan has a supraseller brain cell tumour.
The tumour, which is in his pituitary gland, is the size of a small golf ball and has affected Jordan’s memory.
The tumour is believed to have been formed after seeds in the brain failed to travel down to the genitals while Jordan was in the womb.
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