They may choose aggressive therapy in attempt to have more time with children, study finds
You did not mention what kind of tumor. I have a few patients that have had tumors and completed surgery and chemo and/or radiation and have gone on to start families. Two that I can think of right off hand each have 2 children several years old and it has not caused them to have a recurrence. Another has a son several months old and she is also doing quite well with no sign of tumor recurrence.&nbs...
The giadel wafers were chemo , so he did have some at the time of surgery. Not totally unusual. This may be all he requires for a while.
There are many thresds onhere regarding Dr. Burzynski. People either love him or hate him. You'd have to be your judge on this one. He is very controversial.
One thing to be aware of - Avastin isnota chemotherapy drug. It is a biotherapy drug. It will not have the same side effects as chemo.
GBM by definition is a grade 4 brain tumor. There is no Grade 1 GBM.
I have a couple of patients (men and women) who have gone on to successfully conceive. Two of the men each have 2 children and two of the women have two children. It does happen. I'm not sure how long they waited, however.
My brother was 59 years old. Diagnosed with spinal disease and was told is was spreading so fast the doctors only predicted he would last a week. No teartments were suggested. He died 3 weeks later.
I have approx. 135 long term survivor's of high grade brain tumors at our institute. Long term is considered at 3 or more years from diagnosis. I have many who are celebrating 10, 11 15, 23 years etc.
Just a bit of clarification. GBMs are by definition a grade 4. Brain Tumors are not staged.
I know a neurosurgeon in Little Rock. J.D. Day, MD at the University of Arkansas Medical Center. He is a good doctor. I know he does skull base surgery and gamma knife. If he is not who you need perhaps his office would be a good referral source. (501) 686-7000.
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