May 14, 2008 - 10:05 am
My dad was just diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme about five weeks ago. MRI showed up to nine lesions, most of them in the left lobe. The doctors here (and at Mayo Clinic) said with his age (he's 65) and the numerous tumors that surgery is out of the question. They also stated that the risks of treatment with radiation/chemo would far outweigh the benefits, so my dad and the family has decided to just treat his symptoms. The docs said he has anywhere from a couple months, maybe up to a year but that's probably not going to happen. My question to any and all who have gone through this is what can we expect as the tumors worsen? Right now he has receptive and expressive aphasia, right-sided weakness, and right-sided vision deficits. He's also had seizures for which he's on Keppra for now. He's also taking Decadron. I just want to know what to expect. Will he just go quietly? Maybe fall asleep and not wake up? Will he go into a coma? Will it be painful?
Thank you for any information you can provide. Each and every one of you are in my prayers. May God bless you all.