• My dad has inoperable stage 3 anaplastic astrocytoma. He is on temodar chemotherapy. Is there hope that this could shrink the tumors?

    Asked by MarktheMan on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    My dad has inoperable stage 3 anaplastic astrocytoma. He is on temodar chemotherapy. Is there hope that this could shrink the tumors?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      Temodar (temozolomide) interferes with the development of cancer cells, slowing their growth and spread in the body. Most likely it won't shrink the tumors, but it is intended to keep them at bay from growing larger or spreading to other areas.

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      MarktheMan,
      I know that this must be very difficult for you. I am an oncology nurse and I have seen my share of triple A's. Temodar is a good drug and usually given in conjunction with radiotherapy or alone with glioblastomas, and usually as a single agent in anaplastic astrocytomas. I am assuming that your dad has already had a craniotomy and if they got all the tumor the Temodar is very good at sustaining the stable disease along with a steroid. A positive outlook is the best medicine here and although you do not know the strength this disease may present, that tumor does not know the strength your dad possesses either. With that in mind, you are on a level playing field. Just stay on top of any sudden changes whether it be with dexterity, cognitive or any small seizure activity so that you can nip it in the bud at the onset. Supporting cell tumors of the brain do give warnings with these changes well in advance so that the meds can be adjusted to meet his needs. Best of luck to you and your dad, I think you will be his best medicine..he is lucky to have you, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago

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