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UFC Fighter Jessica Eye Stands Strong Alongside Her Father: Recognizing The Signs Of A Brain Tumor

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Coming off her controversial victory over former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman, Jessica Eye is facing a different kind of battle, one that is deeply personal.

Eye is coping with her father Randy Eye’s diagnosis that he has a malignant brain cancer.The official term is stage IV glioblastoma multiforme, a highly aggressive form of malignant brain cancer. Eye said that her father had a tumor removed from his brain the day before thanksgiving.

According to Cedars Sinai, only about one out of four patients survives two years after the diagnosis.

Here are some symptoms to look for with a brain tumor, according to Cedars Sinai:

  • Symptoms produced by brain tumors depend on their location, size, rate of growth and stage.
  • Some nonmalignant brain tumors that grow slowly can become quite large before producing symptoms because there often is no swelling of the brain tissues.
  • However, if because of their size or location, they cannot be easily removed, they can be as life threatening as malignant brain tumors.

Persons who have symptoms that do not go away should see their doctor immediately. In general, brain cancer symptoms include:

  • Abnormal pulse and breathing rates can also occur
  • Deep, dull headaches that recur often and persist without relief for long periods of time
  • Difficulty walking or speaking
  • Dizziness
  • Eyesight problems, including double vision
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting

According to Cedars Sinai, at the late stages of the disorder, dramatic changes in blood pressure may occur. Seizures are a common symptom of benign brain tumors and slow-growing cancers. Tumors can cause a part of the body to weaken or feel paralyzed. Hearing, sight and the sense of smell can be affected. Persons who display personality changes and are prone to confusion and unable to think clearly require immediate medical attention.

Eye said her father was dealing with symptoms, but not sharing them.

“He was collapsing, but he wasn’t telling people about it,” Eye told MMA Junkie. “He was having eyesight issues. There were some things leading up to it that, now that we know, it feels like maybe if we would have paid closer attention we would have noticed.”

Eye said her father’s  didn’t seem quite right.  He wasn’t able to keep his balance. After a collapse, he got himself to bed, but couldn’t get up again. 

“That’s when we were like, ‘Hey, it’s time to go to the hospital,’ Eye said.

Randy Eye is 55, and Cedars Sinai said most cases are diagnosed in people after the age of 50.