Mri...new Growth or Dead Tissue?

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Mri...new Growth or Dead Tissue?

by Laleigh on Sat Oct 22, 2005 12:00 AM

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My grandfather has been fighting a good fight since April 1st this year when he was diagnosed with a glioblastoma. He has undergone surgery to remove the tumor, began in a clinical trial (which didnt work), went through 6 weeks of radiation and over 30 chemo treatments. He had his first follow up MRI this past week and they found that the area had gotten worse. The doctor, however, said that it is really difficult to distinguish between new growth and dead tumor. I am desperately trying to hold on to the possiblity that this is it could be dead cells but am struggling so badly with this idea. My grandfather has had absolutely no side effects from all of the treatments that he has gone through and this is such a blessing. But it also makes accepting this situation so much harder because the fear of what is to come is paralyzing. I guess I am just curious to know if anyone has been told that it could be dead tissue and actually have it turn out to be that.

New Growth

by Hopefully on Mon Oct 24, 2005 12:00 AM

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Hello, I am writing to you understanding that no ill affects from treatment have affected your grandpa. That is exactly how my mother is handling her treatments. You are correct to say that it only makes the prognosis more paralyzing. When things seem okay in such a horrible situation it is very hard to accept that all is well now but we don't know what the near future means. I am beginning to question clinical trials and hoping my mom will go to Mexico where I have learned of such great places that offer a different type of treatment. I am going to visit my mom, who is eight hours away, this weekend and hope to only love and care for her. I hope she lets me. All the best to you and everyone on this site, dana

Mri Interp

by Mrmarmot on Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:00 AM

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Surgery (w Gladial wafers)3/2/05 (GBM IV right parietal lobe -"golf ball" Rad and temador. MILD to occassional moderate side effects (mostly fatigue and balance difficulties (use cane for balance and some support late in day or when I do too much. couple of weeks (when getting rad and temador and first week or so after starting temador I needed walker (including week week and a half needed wheelchair for significant portions of day. currently 4cm questionable image. consensus of docs is that it is probably empty space with an "orange rind like" casing surrounding where tumor was -- in other words most likely NOT new tumor growth!!!!
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