@Reminiscence- I had a friend who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He and his family decided to search all around the country until they could find a neurosurgeon willing to attempt surgery. Just about every doctor they approached turned them down, mostly because the tumor was wrapped around a very complicated bundle of nerves.
I wish this story had a happier ending. The family finally found a well-respected neurosurgeon willing to try an experimental technique, but my friend died before the operation could take place. An autopsy was performed at the neurosurgeon's request, and it confirmed that the brain tumor was indeed inoperable.