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    I haven't been on here since my mom has been at home under hospice care. She made it 3 months and past her 67th birthday but passed 3 days before her 25th wedding anniversary. On May 30th, she passed in her sleep after an 18 month battle with GBM-IV. She was not in any pain and luckily did not have any complications. I had spent a lot of time with her since March and even though you think you have said all yo...

    July 12 at 4:59 AM view discussion
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      My mom is now on hospice care and is 15 months into this battle. She did the radiation/temodar, a clinical trial (failed) and then after 3 Avastin treatments the tumor is re-growing. Avastin works great in some people and not in others. We are just lucky to have had 15 months since the beginning of this fight. Do whatever you can as long as quality of life is not compromised. My thoughts/hope/prayers are with you...

      March 02, 2013 view post
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        My mom was on 400mg/day of lamotragine and they added vimpat when she seemed to be having focused seizures. She was only on it about 1 week before she was back in the hospital unable to walk. After staying a few days and they did an MRI and found out the Avastin was no longer working. They stopped the vimpat and she is now on hospice care. I have been with here for the last two weeks and she is declining rapidly. I...

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        • Otherslost has created a new message board discussion

          Two days ago my mom could not walk, stand or talk so her husband took her to the ACU at Huntsman and they did an EEG and an MRI. The MRI showed tumor growth which means the Avastin is not working. There is nothing more they can do and recommended hospice immediately. My brother and I went to visit her last week and even though she could get around and kind of talk we knew she was declining. Huntsman said she can stay...

          February 09, 2013 view discussion
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            All of us have been making the decisions since our mom is not capable of making her own decisions. We all agree and one thing I am really lucky about is that my girlfriend has been in emergency/critical care medicine for 20 years and knows what she is talking about. most of the issues my mom has had were diagnosed by my GF and not the "specialists" that have been treating her. they are a month behind her. right no...

            December 18, 2012 view post
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              my moms case sounds exactly like what you are describing. she was diagnosed in Dec 2011 and was in surgery within 36 hours. the post op MRI showed no sign of the tumor. she had all the same issues but without the aggression but her cognitive abilities were not returning. They ended up placing a shunt which helped immediately and she was at least able to talk but was not eating much and then got worse. after a few ...

              December 10, 2012 view post
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                I think male psychology does have a lot to do with his refusal to get help. Even the social worker at the hospital and their Rabbi have tried and he just won't do it. Since this post (somehow I missed your reply) they did an EEG and found seizure activity so they put her on anti seizure meds and we are seeing some improvement with her talking and eating. Unfortunately we found out a couple of days ago that the tum...

                September 29, 2012 view post
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                  My mom had an MRI on Monday, met with the doc yesterday and today heard that her GBM is back and growing. She was originally diagnosed in Dec 2011 and had a craniotomy but has never been the same. Tumor the size of an egg in the front between the hemispheres. she did the radiation and 5/28 Temodar and they just started her on anti seizure meds since she was having petit mal seizures. This is the second MRI in a m...

                  September 27, 2012 view discussion
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                    We had no explanation for my mom seeming to get worse even though there was no regrowth so they gave her an EEG and found she was having petit mal seizures. They started her on meds last week. We will see how it goes. We are still having problems getting her to eat and the doc is almost ready to place a feeding tube. Her tumor was about the size of an egg and in the front right between the hemispheres and she ...

                    September 23, 2012 view post
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                      We have been dealing with the same issue and were startiing to feel that our mom was going to die of malnutrition before the GBM. It seemed that they were treating the cancer and not the patient but After some heated emails with her docs and a ton of references for them to read they made sure she saw a nutritionist at the hospital where she is being treated. They suggested Ensure mixed with banana, coconut oil and a ...

                      September 18, 2012 view post
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