Where do we go from here? Last week when we visited with my Neuro-Oncologist, Dr. Conrad, we discussed the MRI. They are unclear of exactly what they are seeing. It could be tumor, necrosis (dead tissue), cystic tissue or something else. He believes that at this point the best thing to do would be to perform a biopsy of the tumor to find out exactly what they are dealing with so that it can be treated properly. After that there are several options available:
- Virus trial, where a reengineered virus is inserted directly into the tumor, the virus eats the tumor, stops at brain tissue and then dies. I wrote more about this trial back in June, check it out.
- There is one chemo treatment option that is new that I can’t remember if it is a trial or not and another that is a trial that Ii think is not quite available yet; both are IV chemos.
- Lastly, all out surgery, which we are trying to avoid.
We have an appointment to see my neurosurgeon, Dr. Lang, tomorrow (2/2/11) at MD Anderson to talk all of these over and see where we go from here. As soon as we know what’s going on, I’ll let you, our faithful readers and supporters know.
First of all, I decided I'd make a table so that I could see for myself how the tumor is growing. I know it sounds weird, but I need to know these things and thought it would finally be good for me to put it on paper. I did it in Excel but can't make a table in HTML to save my life, so I took a screenshot. All the measurements are in millimeters and I took them from all the Radiologist Reports I get from each MRI. As you can see, even with the medications there has been pretty steady growth, but to the doctors, they see it as slow growth.
Next, I wanted to share two sets of MRIs. The first was taken at MD Anderson on Jun 1, 2010. The tumor is still fairly small and compact. Click each one to see a larger version.:
|Brain MRI - June 1, 2010|
|Brain MRI - January 24, 2011|
Thanks again for all your prayers and support.