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Some Basic Questions!

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chiligrl
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Joined: Mar 2004

This may sound silly, but after dealing with brain cancer for 7 months, I still don't know the answer to some basic questions. I surf the net a LOT and find so much conflicting information. If I had surgery and they removed 90% of the tumor and then had chemo and rads and my MRI is good...am I then in remission? One site I went to stated that primary brain tumors are invariably fatal..that it is just a matter of time. Does anyone know this? I think these damn doctors just don't know!!! But I would appreciate any info ya'll can give me!!

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TAremote
Posts: 57
Joined: Nov 2003

I'm not sure what kind of tumor you have. I also have a brain tumor, mine is a stage 4 Glio Blastoma. Operation was last Aug 21st, where they also removed 80%. Since Jan, my MRI's have shown no new growth of the tumor. I wouldn't say remission is the correct word. The way I see it is that I'm stable now, but not in remission. I look at remission as, the tumor would be gone. Most of the stuff you read and a lot of what the Doctors say are only average times. Many people have beat brain tumors. When I was first diagnosed, they gave me 4 months to live without treatment and 11 months with treatment. As you can see I have beaten the 4 month deal, and don't plan on leaving anytime soon.
If your MRI doesn't show any tumor, I would then say remission.

I hope this helps...
God Bless
Tom

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ladybug626
Posts: 32
Joined: Dec 2003

Hi,

Congratulations on your excellent results! I agree with you, the doctors don't really know. Its more important how you feel and what you think. Your body reacts to what you think and feel. Why not think and feel victorious? Your MRI doesn't show a tumor, embrace the good news. Remind yourself every time a doubt tries to creep in. I don't think my Mom would have entered remission if she knew her treatment only had an 8% chance of working. The mind is a powerful thing, why not let it work for you rather than against you. There is a quote I love, I don't know where it comes from, but it helps me deal with uncertainty. "I didn't know it couldn't be done, so I went ahead and did it anyway"

Best wishes & God Bless,
Jashe2350

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