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6 Weeks of Radiation !! Done !

Well alot has changed since Nov 7, 2010. Turns out the Temador was not working so I was taken off since the tumor yes tumors(3 of them )1 even jumped the cortex, and now has starting up on the other side. So my Dr. said next step, 6 weeks of Radiation. Which was kinda scary because I know of 2 people that are messed up and on disability because of the radiation after effects. Radiation therapy is a common treatment for brain tumors where surgery or radiosurgery can not be utilized. Radiation therapy affects both normal and tumor cells, but normal cells are thought to be more capable of repairing themselves. As the therapy continues, the tumor cells should die and eventually shrink. Radiation therapy does not remove the tumor. Side Effects: Side effects of radiation therapy will depend on the type of radiation received, the amount of the surface of the brain targeted, the site targeted, and the total dose of radiation. In general, there will be hair loss, skin irritation, possible hearing problems, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and neurologic effects. The most prevalent side effect is fatigue which is may last through treatment and for many months afterwards. The neurologic effects most affecting quality of life are eventual permanent memory and speech problems. These are just a few of the problems that can develop. But the good news is that if the Radiation worked, this will hold back the cancer for at least 5yrs, and then in the Brain Cancer world, there is always something new being discovered.... But I can tell you this, that I had so much peace the entire time. I know that is was God and all my Church Family praying for me that got me through this. Especially my 2nd treatment when I almost had a panic attack...I just prayed to God to calm me down and he did. Everyone at the UC Davis Cancer Center in Sacramento, Ca were wonderful. My Radiation Techs : Victoria, Adam & Ty were very kind to me and helped me out when I was so scared...They would always have my favorite music on for me. Dr. Fragoso & Dr. Rush were also very kind, answering all my questions for me in a very professional manner. I will have another MRI in about 5 weeks, then that will now be the baseline MRI for anything in the future. So will keep you updated... Please looks at my pictures that I have taken through this new phase of my Cancer Journey.
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God Bless and good luck and vibes your way! Remember just because they clasify the side effects does not mean everyone has them! You sound so strong and have a great attitude, and you are so right they are finding things everyday for brain tumors. I have MRIs every 6 months as I have a small brain tumor, which is benign still after 2 years of finding it so I feel so lucky! there concern with me is my diagnosis of the Tonsil cancer and say because of this small tumor they will watch it close as if the cancer returns it could very likely be there!Also my mom died of terminal brain cancer a few years ago! I am adding you to my friend list and wait any updates on your cancer! I am also adding you to my prayer list! Hugs Val
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Hi there! My thoughts are with you! My husband also is about to start Temodar. If successful - we will be able to wait another couple of years for radiation. If not - well, radiation is in the near future as well. Yes, we also keep thinking - any number of years we can hold his cancer back - the more hope for new treatments and more research can be done meantime. Please share your temodar opinions with me, if possible. We've heard form the Doctors that some poeple have side effects, some - not so much. I am very worried about this treatment, and time and effort it will take... I send you all my best wishes.
Hello, Well hopefully your Husband does better on Temodar than I did ! First correct dose on Nov 2009 380 dose, I ended up in the Hospital getting a platelet transfusion...then they went way down to 140 then back in the Hospital Feb 2009 with a major headache... so they tried for awhile with the low doses and it held for awhile.. I was miserable with constipation, fatique, threw up once..but not as bad as the IV type chemo from what I have heard. Everyone is different with chemo..they "think" I was allergic to the Temodar..I was on the 5/23 day regiman. Hope I have helped you.. God Bless you and your Hubby !
Thanks for answer about Themodar. Very helpful. It sucks, it really sucks that people get cancer. I hope we al can work together to get this thing beat. We think same as you - any delay right now means possible more research and cures later. How are the side-effects of radiation treatment for you personally? I looked at your profile, and my hubby's situation is just so similar! Seizure, then diagnosis, then surgery, keppra (still takes it, but lower dosage of 500 mg daily). Now Temodar - starting soon. We were told we had some flexibility in when to start it, so we tried to work it into the calendar (based on the 28-day cycle of treatments - like yours) so we miss some of the major dates in the year. They said the treatment would last possibly that long or more (or significantly less), depending on results and/or side-effects. Thanks for telling the dosage - I will compare those to the prescription and see if caution and more questions are in order. I guess the dosage is also based on weight. My husband is 166 lbs. So we'll see. We are in VA, so we go to Johns Hopkins in Bltimore for most things like MRI and other care. He had the surgery there too. I am so grateful to the poeple who worked with us! I swear, there was a point when I was so stressed out, I no longer could make decisions. And - I know they are traind for to handle flip-outs - they even helped in that situation by being VERY informative and calm, and helpful. I only wish they could take all of the tumor out, but it was absolutely impossible. Please, let us know how the MRI turns out! I hope the cancer was significantly reduced by your treatment! Love and hugs.
So glad this part is over for Paul and you. Many people love you guys. We are all trusting God for his perfect plan in your life.You have been so strong. Your wonderful attitude is refreshing.Nice to hear all the medical staff is treating you kind! You guys are just great people and that reflects in your lives.
lots of prayers and hugs!!!!
God Bless. Check out proton therapy, not photon. I'm at Loma Linda, CA on my radiation vacation. Side effects are different for different folks. I have been blessed. Be glad to answer or refer any questions. Mark
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Vital Info


June 29, 2010

Acampo, California

July 16, 1963

Cancer Info

Brain Cancer


May 6, 2005

Stage 2

over 6.1

Grade 2

National Brain Tumor Walk - San Francisco, Ca May 1 2010


That they have not found a cure ? Yet.....

That I am a very strong person.....

Just be there for me :-)


UC Davis @ Sacramento, Ca Stanford @ Palo Alto

I would get my papers right with God ...

June 28, 2011

Had 1 Seizure. MRI found BT, after surgery put on 1000mg of Keppra daily for cheap insurance.

May 6, 2005 Total Gross Resection

6 weeks of Radiation. finished last treatment 6-28-2011



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