Oct 18, 2011 - 8:15 pm
My 60 year old father was diagnosed with a suspected Grade II or III astrocytoma on his left thalamus yesterday. Needless to say this is a nightmare situation for me and my family. His only symptom at this point is mild numbness in his left hand and left side of his face. A couple of questions:
-With the location being the thalamus, we were told that the tumor is likely (but not certainly) inoperable. Based on this, is it worth taking the risk of immediate brain damage & functional loss by having a biopsy?
-Has anyone had experience with this type of tumor in this location? I realize we don't have all of the details needed at this point to make a prognosis, but would be interested in hearing stories from anyone with similar tumors.
-Also, I am actively making appointments with some of the top specialists to get the best possible treatment. Dr. Lemole in Tuscon, Dr. Friedman at Duke, and Dr. Harsh at Stanford are currently on our list. Does anyone else have any recommendations for surgeons considered leaders in this field?
Thanks to all!