Apr 25, 2011 - 1:16 pm
My Dad was diagnosed with inoperable Stage 4 GBM nearly 8 weeks ago. Symptoms began with him becoming forgetful, short term memory only. He left for the hardware store and forgot where he was going and what he was doing. Primary doctor did an immediate scan to reveal a large brain tumor, 3" x 2" inches. Dad is a previous cancer survivor, non-hodgkins mantle cell lymphoma, been in remission nearly 11 years. We went to Portland that evening for biopsy the next day. Tumor too large to remove. Full body scan revealed tumors in kidney area and lymphnodes. We don't know yet if the other areas of tumors are mantle cell, or what yet. Doctors don't want to even talk about it until they get through the initial treatment for the brain tumor. Dad started his treatment of chemo (Temador) and radiation 6 weeks ago, and finished radiation last Friday, and chemo yesterday. Other meds he takes are Dexamethazone (beginning to wean off), had trouble with blood clots (treatment Lovenox)and had to have daily injections in his stomach, and newest issue is he is diabetic (most likely caused by the Dex steroid) and has to have insulin injections daily.