LuckyDogs' Journey with Astrocytoma

Survivor: Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Adults > Glioma > Astrocytoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Male, Age: 44

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    I had a grand mal seizure on February 3, 2010

    Oh No

    I had never had a seizure before, but in retrospect there were some signs that I missed and three doctors had missed in prior years that should have indicated an MRI was a good preventative tool.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had an awake craniotomy at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in June 2010.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I did not have any negative side effects from the chemo therapy drug - Temodar. Other than being very tired, I did not feel poorly.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Other then seeing myself as a bald man for the first time in my life, i had no adverse side effects from the radiation. A positive outlook going in to me helps to ensure a positive outcome.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Alergic reaction to one of the seizure medications. Hives for a few days, other than that nothing.

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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    October 2011 - a great day and I remain cancer free to this day.

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