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Doctors say you only have four months to live

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By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB)- In 2007 more than 14,000 people lost their battle with Cancer in Georgia according to the Centers For Disease Control. That's the same year 47-year-old David Goff was diagnosed with stage 4 Brain Cancer.

His Doctor at the time gave him four months to live. Goff is excited to be alive and healthy.

Although he's lost his hair and has several thousands of dollars in medical bills, he beat the odds. Only 20 percent of people with Stage four Cancer live to tell their story.

David Goff worked at Cooper Tire for nine years. All that came to an end, after having a seizure at work. "They determined I had a brain tumor. Doctors were able to get rid of it, but it grew back twice it's size," he said. 

It grew back three more times after surgery. "That third surgery was a little more than I can handle. Cooper was closing anyway, it was the best time to be on disability," he said. 

During his frequent visits to the Doctor, they gave him the news no one wants to hear. "They said with no treatment I had four or six weeks to live, and with treatment I had four to six months to live," said Goff. 

After hearing that, he wanted to visit a place he had never seen before. "When I was told, I had four to six months to live then I wanted to take a trip. My family took me to Charleston so we could have a vacation together," he said.  

Four years after receiving his death sentence, he's living life and enjoying every day. "We're in 2011, with God's blessings and help of Phoebe Putney Hospital, I'm still here," he said. 

"That is unexpected with this tumor type. Most of the people would not do so well for more than six months," said Phoebe Putney MD Dr. Chirag Jani. 

Goff credits the Avastin IV, and Chemotherapy treatments with saving his life. "This one treatment, I'm about to receive today would cost $25,000 but, luckily the company that makes it is helping me," said Goff. 

"He's blessed in a way that whatever treatment, we have picked has worked," said Dr. Jani. 

David Goff is living proof that even those facing the worst diagnosis can beat the odds. At this point David Goff has to continues treatment. Parts of the tumor is still there, but thanks to the treatment it's not growing anymore. 

He spends most of his time now with his wife and grand kids. The Goff family is left with thousands of dollars in medical bills. With no Health insurance to pay for his treatments, they're selling handmade bracelets and key-chains.

For more information on the Goff family visit http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/David-Goffs-Fight/111351518930793.

If you need help dealing with cancer or to find a Doctor visit http://www.phoebeputney.com/services/default2.asp?pageID=c28Jbn4A10Yt0We05T.

Also the Avastin IV is a new breakthrough treatment for Cancer. To read up on the new drug and it's side effects copy and paste link in URL http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drug-78649-AVASTIN+IV.aspx?drugid=78649&drugname=AVASTIN+IV&pagenumber=4.

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