Mar 31, 2012 - 8:01 pm
Yesterday my son, Scott, had his first MRI since the one immediately following his craniotomy on 12/23/11. The post op swelling has gone down and it his NO was happy to report that it was a total gross resection!! No visible tumor on the MRI! Of course his NO tempered it with, "of course we know it is still there"....meaning that there are still cells not visible on an MRI. He said that if the tumor shows no regrowth at the next MRI in June, which would be 6 mos out from surgery, it will most likely be many years before recurrence. Scott's drs. have never mentioned statistics about survival time, they are very positive and my husband and I really like that. In addition, his NO said that oligo/grade 2's rarely show regrowth at 6 mos out, so the news is very good for now. The course of treatment remains the same. Monitor w/MRI's every 3 mos for 2 years, every 6 mos for 1 year and then 1 MRI yearly. Chemo/radiation will begin upon recurrence, which is hopefully many years from now.
Blessings to you all,
Mom of Scott/31yrs (for 2 more weeks)