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by EllenFisch on Sun Sep 23, 2012 03:49 AM
I had another good mri most important I QUIT SMOKING! FIREWORKS! I did 3 Avastin treatments not for tumor growth that stopped working a long time but for the swelling. We are running out of options. Ellen
by Sheila5 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:26 AM
Thanks for posting, I think of you often! I am glad you had a good MRI. Keep fighting and stay positive. My husband's CNS brain tumor has returned 3 times and each time they come up with a new plan that puts it back in remission. We joke he is on the 1 year maintenance plan (sometimes you just have to have a little humor in life), my point is that new trials are always coming out with new options. When I started here 5 years ago Temodar was new on the scene for brain tumor patients. People were just starting to mention Avastin, so don't give up hope. He just finished a new program that resulted from a Sloan-Kettering trial. He just finished a round of yucky in hopsital chemo and then had 13 low dose whole brain radiation treatments, followed up with outpatient Cytarabine for 2 months. He has 1 more dose of cytarabine next month. We always said No to the typical 33-46 treatments of whole brain radiation. At his age of 66, we were afraid of the debiltating side effects of Dementia. As hard as the chemo is on his system, quality of life for him was important. So we kept saying No to whole brain radiation and we opted for the chemo each time.
So don't think there aren't options out there, sometimes doctor's just have to get creative and from the sounds of it, your doctor is one on those.
Keep fighting back and I know you will. YOU have so much to live for. A family that loves you and needs you, and I need you. I look for your posts!
Peace to you and yours!
by siblingof on Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:22 PM
by kat54 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:41 PM
Wonderful news Ellen I think of you often keep us updated, Prayers for continued good Mri's for you and everyone on the MRI ride.
by huxley2006 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:41 PM
by jon4156 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 02:28 PM
Very happy to hear the news of a good MRI and stopping smoking. Congrats! Keep up the fight Ellen, we pray for you often.
by vwxyz on Mon Sep 24, 2012 02:32 AM
Fantastic news on the mri, Ellen, and may there be many more good mri's !! Prayers for you, your family, and all who treat the medical condition. Jan
by jpearson472 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 04:52 AM
Great to hear about the good MRI. keep up the good fight
by huxley2006 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 01:13 PM
Congrats on good news!
Good work on the smoking although I have to be honest I smoked for about 10 years and quite for about 5 years or so ago. A not so constructive part of myself would really like to take it up again as I really enjoyed it. Doing the math think the Brain tumor will probably get me before the lung cancer or heart attack. I haven’t as my wife would probably divorce me :)
by karynk on Tue Sep 25, 2012 01:25 AM
Glad to hear Ellen! Hang in there - we are pulling for you.
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