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    Psalm18_2 asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Brain tumors

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      RuthAnne

      When I was originally diagnosed back in October of 2010, I had three, small metastatic brain tumors. I had one gamma knife procedure that November for all three tumors. All three have responded to treatment and have not returned - neither have more tumors appeared. They keep a close eye on things so I get a brain MRI every three months.

      over 4 years ago
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      shhwee

      I've only had three thankfully.
      I had my initial biopsy, which showed that complete removal was impossible.
      Then my incision fell apart so I needed plastic surgery to put it together.
      THEN I had to have a shunt placed.

      over 4 years ago
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      Fusionera

      No metastases with mine, but three recurrences total, one of which did not require surgery. My first two craniotomies (in 1995 and 1996 respectively) were to debulk tumor. My second recurrence was in 2005 and involved 20 months of chemotherapy. The latest surgery in Spring 2011 (3rd recurrence) was much more intensive, as my right temporal lobe was completely removed. I hope they've removed as many body parts as are necessary because I have no desire to do this again!

      over 4 years ago
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    Mom-in-law has 3rd brain tumor in 8 months. Two craniotomies done already. How many craniotomies will they do before they say enough and call in Hospice? She finds out her options FRI.

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    Psalm18_2 asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Helping loved one recover from recovery?

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      nancyjac

      It may be too soon. One month after treatment is not very long. Depending on the treatment she had, it may take her many months or even years to recover from some of the side effects. A lot of reading I have done strongly indicates that friends and loved ones often tend to assume that once treatment is finished that the person should be back to their normal pre-cancer self and that almost never is the case. Surviving cancer changes you forever and each survivor has to find their own NEW "normal. Having said all that, by all means, continue to support your loved one in every way that you can, but most likely, one of the most important things for her right now is being able to call her own shots and do things on her own terms. Cancer often makes people feel out of control and helpless about a lot of things, so it is vitual to let them make their own choices. It certainly wouldn't hurt at this point to look into PT, talk to a couple of therapists experienced with cancer recovery issues, but PT can be a rough road that takes a lot of time and patience and she may just not be ready to deal with that yet.

      almost 5 years ago
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    How do I post a response when someone's answered my question? Thanks!

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      danellsar

      Click the "Comment" link in the original post, and it will open a text box that posts a response at the bottom.

      about 5 years ago