Three patients with very different tumours are treated by the surgeons.
Two men face radical surgery: Martin has malignant brain tumours and Marc is having deep brain stimulation to control a severe tremor – for which he needs to be awake. They each have very different expectations, but both are unerringly optimistic.
Marc has a chronic tremor which has been getting worse since he was a teenager. He has had to give up his job as a heating engineer and now cannot shave himself or drink a pint of beer. Neurosurgeons are offering him life-changing surgery, which hopefully will control the tremor and enable him to return to normal life.
Meanwhile Martin, an academic who is dean at a university and is in his fifties, received a sudden diagnosis of cancer that has spread to his brain. Will his operation be a success?