A Lexington plastic surgeon died Friday after a successful treatment that could have saved his cancerous brain tumour.

The 56-year-old former plastic surgeon was on the operating table at the Lexington Plastic Surgery Center, according to Lexington Mayor Eric Davis, who spoke at a news conference.

Davis said he had talked to the family of the patient who was the father of the victim.

The Lexington, Ky., resident underwent a brain tumor removal last year and underwent the operation in August.

The patient died from the cancer in June.

A GoFundMe page set up by the family says the Lexington family is hoping for donations to cover funeral costs.

“Lexington has a great medical community and I am so thankful to the people who helped me and the medical staff in Lexington,” Davis said.

“I can’t thank you enough for your compassion, kindness and support.”

The medical center says it’s trying to find a new patient for surgery that could save the patient’s brain, and it is encouraging anyone with information about the patient to come forward.

Lexington Mayor Eric D. Davis says he spoke with the family Friday of a patient who suffered brain cancer.

The family has been asked to speak to him again in the coming days.

Lexicon Police Chief William McCarty says he did not know about the incident until a local newspaper reported it on Friday.

“I’m not sure what the circumstances are,” McCarty said.

The hospital says it was notified about the death of the man.