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    Is chemo and radiation worth the sickness to extend life when dealing with Glioblastoma?

    Asked by HVG on Sunday, September 18, 2011

    Is chemo and radiation worth the sickness to extend life when dealing with Glioblastoma?

    My dad is 63 and previously has never been sick. He was just diagnosed with Glioblastoma. The doctors want to do chemo and radiation for 6 weeks. Is this sickness worth the side effects or end results. If the prognosis is 18 months, I don't want him to spend a third of the time sick. Any advice is appreciated.

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    • Zacksdad's Avatar

      My prognosis was 1 year after the entire tumor was removed. My neuosurgeon decided to pack the resection site full of as much gliadel wafers as he could fit. I went to our local cancer center for their suggestion of post op treatment. Then I went to The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center. Both places suggested the same treatment. As PRTBTC.suggested I take my radiation at our local cancer center and see them every other month for MRIs and check-ups. I was lucky and had a prescription for Zofran as an anti-nausea drug which worked very well for me so I had no nausea problems through any treatment. I am now working on my 3rd year of survivorship. So you must remember that your doctors are giving you their best guess. Every thing he does, every treatment he takes are just one battle in HIS war. Hopefully you both have faith that help you can get strength for your battles. God Bless you both.

      almost 9 years ago
    • anna1954's Avatar

      December 22, 2008 my husband was diagnosed with stage 4+ GBM. The first doctor told us it wasn't malignant and it was up to us as to when we wanted to schedule the surgery. 2 weeks later my husband fell in the shower. We contacted a friend, head of Radiation at Mass. General. We forwarded all the test results to him. Within a day he wanted to know how fast we go come to Mass. General. The doctors gave my husband 10 months. My husband has had several different chemo drugs and radiation. There has been some side effects but we discussed them with his oncologist and changed chemo drugs. His oncologist said that we weren't out of options just yet. My husband was tumor free for 3 years. Due to problems with my husband's blood the Avastin treatments were stopped in December 2011. A small tumor just returned in May. He has had additional radiation treatment and back on Avastin. Fatigue is one problem with treatment. The major problem is depression.

      Everyone is different and responds differently to the treatment. If appears that most of the chemo and radiation treatments for GBM doesn't have severe side effects. I would suggest trying the treatment to see how much your dad can sustain. Perhaps all things being said your dad might be the one we continue to talk to 17 years from now. Best of luck.

      almost 9 years ago
    • melee_me's Avatar

      In my 21yr old daughter's case it was worth it and she coped really well with the radiation & Temozolomide. She's still going very well 5 yrs post GBM diagnosis.

      about 8 years ago

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