Apr 10, 2013 - 9:49 pm
My mother had stage IIIB cervical cancer (she's 76) and a tumor the size of a grapefruit, as well as activity in one periaortal lymph node. She was treated with radiation, brachytherapy, and chemotherapy (Cisplatin) last summer and fall. Her PET in November was clear. Her PET in March indicated that she now has a brain tumor 1.7cm x 1.9 cm on her right temporal lobe.
The radiologist is currently treating her and they are wonderful at her clinic. They said "we can get this." However, I'm worried about what the future holds. When I got the initial phone call from her gynecological oncologist with the test results, I was told that she was incurable and we might be able to give her "somewhat more time." The radiologist in the practice who isn't her primary radiologist seemed to mirror that sentiment. Her regular radiologist, however, said that the prognosis was not quite as grim as we'd been told, so it gave me some hope.
Could anyone out there tell me your experience with your brain tumor(s) and what treatment worked, what to look out for, and/or what you've been told the future is for survivors? She's my best friend and my whole world. We've been through so much together and I hope to keep her around for as long as possible.
Thank you and please know that we pray for all those in the fight and all those treating them.