One patient with glioblastoma still alive nine years later
by donnaruth on Wed Nov 28, 2012 09:55 PM
I must be truthful -- this is an illness that is extremely unpredictable. I just passed my 5 year "anniversary." I'm still kicking - Had a scan this morning - no change, nuclear scan is "cold." My doctor is very pro-active. I take an iv of avastin every 11 weeks and probably will the rest of my life. What are the long-term side effects? I don't have a clue and I don't think the docs do either. I have no idea why I'm still here and others who have been diagnosed after me are not. What I do know is I enjoy every day. Each of us (with or without the disease) should do that. Don't stress about it, just enjoy what you have. I know that sounds sappy, but if you focus everything in your life on the big "c," it won't be fun. Keep up to date on what your doc is doing, find a good source (my oncology nurse is my personal "assistant" who helps me SO much when I have questions) and I try to stay off these boards because they can be so sad. I only come here about once a year to make this post to let people know that the survival percentages are low, but someone has to be in those percentages. It might as well be you!
by JoyceJJL on Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:27 PM
Congrats on your 5th anniversary and your very positive post. Stay the way you are thinking, we all should, including myself
by gbmhost on Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:16 PM
my doctor came into my room after the biopsy. the neurosurgeon had examined the tissue under as microscope, and told my doctor his prelimnary diagnosis of glioblastoma. I could see a grim look on my doctor's face when he came in to share the news. He asked me if I wanted to know how long I might have. I told him that I did not want to know. From my doctoral training in clinical psychology 20 years ago,I knew that glioblastoma could be devastating and rapid. I did not want some number to influence me. I was going to fight hard That was 9 1/2 years ago. Approaching my 10th year!
by csdiver on Wed Feb 20, 2013 03:41 AM
by Jamtc on Fri Feb 22, 2013 05:24 AM
hello im new here just looking around trying to find more information on Glioblastoma. My younger brother (16) was just diagnosed with it six days ago. he got some of it removed with surgery and now is going to start radiation pretty soon. i was woundering if anyone recommended a good place to get a 2nd opionion.
by mltull on Fri Feb 22, 2013 07:10 AM
Jamtc, so sorry to hear about your brother's illness. If the pathology report came back that it is Glioblastoma, it is unlikely that you need another opinion on that diagnosis. Regarding treatment options, absolutely it is worth seeking out the best possible treatment centers. Where do you live? I would recommend a major medical center, preferably a teaching hospital that specializes in cancer treatment, particularly GBM. My husband is being treated at Duke in Durham, NC, which is an outstanding place for this treatment. Others in this forum will recommend other wonderful treatment centers. You have a difficult journey ahead, however your brother's age will help in his ability to fight back. The best to you and your family. Mary Lou
by Jamtc on Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:36 AM
by cpmty on Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:40 PM
Anderson Medical center in Houston TX. is #1 in ca. I don't know how good it is good for GBM . I know people from Europe go there to treat their cancers. Of course there are other places and what you should reasearch is the best for GBM. I wish you well and good luck. Please player its very benificial to. Have your church together pray for him wile he is treated. I wish these people who had survived tell us what they do/did and what treatments have they gotten. so the rest of us... learn more.
by cpmty on Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:41 PM
please tell us what you did...diets or..., what alternative tx. you had etc..thank you.
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