Aug 19, 2011 - 12:35 pm
I was hoping someone who has gone through a similar situation, someone diagnosed with the same type of cancer or family and friends, might be able to answer some questions.
My boyfriend of 5 years, age 29 was diagnosed three days ago with anaplastic astrocytoma. This all only began 3 weeks ago, starting with severe headaches. A trip to the doctor’s office lead to a trip to emergency. Blood work that night lead to a CT scan the next morning. The CT scan turned up something abnormal. He was then injected with a type of dye and sent for another CT scan. This helped rule out a aneurism and other things they had believed it could be. He was sent in for an emergency MRI a few days later and told to schedule an appointment with his family doctor. At his doctor’s appointment on Tuesday, he was told he had anaplastic astrocytoma and he would need to go the following day (Wednesday) and speak with a neuro surgeon. He went in yesterday to speak with him and the surgery date is booked for next week Thursday.
This has all moved so quickly, the first trip to the emergency room and something turning up abnormal hasn’t even set in, and we are already onto a surgery date.
I have taken time to read up on this cancer, but he seems to want to go in blind, not really knowing how serious this is. He didn’t ask very many questions at all when speaking with the surgeon, which left me a bit frustrated. So here we are with a surgery date and I have no idea what to expect, what happens next, what exactly this cancer is (other than the scary facts and stories I have picked up off the internet)
He was told the tumour is deep lesion. 2 and a half cm into his brain on the left back side and 1 and a quarter out. From the MRI, they did not see any other tumours surrounding it, but he was told they would not know anything for sure until they go in. They have said it is in a good spot. I’m not sure if this is something I can take comfort in.
In reading on the internet, it seems as though the name anaplastic astrocytoma means this is grade 3?
The survival rates seem to be unclear and older studies, does anyone have any information on this?
I have been fortunate enough to not have anyone in my life have to go through radiation of chemo therapy, can you tell me what I am to expect after surgery?
Should the fact that this is all going so quickly alarm me?
I have many questions running through my head, I can’t seem to pin point them all at this time, but even just answers to these questions would help. Any information at all at this point would help.
I appreciate every response!