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Clinical Trail for Brain Cancer

Praying4All
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Joined: Oct 2011

I have a daughter who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. She has had surgery, radiation and chemo. I was wondering if anyone has any advice for clinical trails that has helped them. The doctor make things seem so gloom, but I see that their are surviors out there and there is HOPE.

connsteele
Posts: 232
Joined: May 2011

I can't help you with finding a clinical trial, but I do want to say something about doctors, and how some can be so postive, while others not. Our son (age 34, dx 4-13-11 with inoperable anaplastic astrocytoma 3) was first diagnosed in Virginia, where he was living at the time. He had his surgical biopsy, radiation, and first round of Temodar there. The docs there were really pessimistic, said that treatment won't make "it" go away, just slow things down.
After his break in chemo, we had to move him back home with us in Ohio as he has some deficits that prevent him from being totally independent. We also got new doctors at Ohio State's The James Cancer Center. His doctor is Dr. Caveleire. He is so much more positive and even says, "I don't make projections because everyone is different."

Just wanted to let you know that there is always hope and that people beat the odds all the time.

Praying4All
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Joined: Oct 2011

Thanks for responding. I love the positivity, I sure need it.

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palmyrafan
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Joined: Mar 2011

favorite word: HOPE. I haven't had any experience with clinical trials; they will not work on my brain tumors.

However, I am a BIG proponent on HOPE. It is what keeps us sane. Don't lose it!

Hugs,
Teresa

Praying4All
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Joined: Oct 2011

Thanks for responding. If you don't mind me asking, when were you diagnosed?

KellyAK2011
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Joined: Oct 2011

You didn't say what your daughter's tumor type and grade was. If you provide a little more detail perhaps we can be a better resource for you.

Kelly

Praying4All
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Joined: Oct 2011

She has a brain stem glioma I am uncertain of the grade

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alutiiqmom
Posts: 256
Joined: Jun 2011

Hi:
Looking for young adults with brain tumors to meet to help provide emotional support to my daughter who is 18 years old. Are you located near Anchorage?

Praying4All
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Joined: Oct 2011

Hi no we are not in Alaska

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alutiiqmom
Posts: 256
Joined: Jun 2011

Good Morning all:
Sorry I was directing the message to Kelly. I have had a hard time finding other cancer patients for my daughter to connect with. I think she would feel better if she could meet some other people with similar struggles. Wishing you all the best. God Bless.
Edna

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