Aug 13, 2013 - 12:26 am
Hello, My dad is 57 and recently diagnosed with an agressive cancerous brain tumor. He had a seizure while driving causing him an accident - otherwise we would have never know. They suspect it to be anaplastic oligodendrogloma due to the MRI images and it appears to be aggressive. They wont say for sure what it is until they do a biopsy.
His doctor, Dr. Barnett of Cleveland Clinic Foundation, wants to use lazer to "cook" the tumor. He says that its 3/4" into the brain in the left paretial lobe, the size of a walnut, and its too risky to try and cut it out. My concerns are that this procedure was only recently approved by the FDA in 2009 and its only been used on about 65 patients through the Cleve. Clinic. I also see he is a paid board member with the compay that uses this AutoLITT or NeuroBlate which makes me wonder if he is pushing this because he is profiting from it. He claims he would prefer this technique even if it was in location that was able to be removed.
Please let me know if any of you have feedback. We havent even asked the questions about life expectancy - too much to think about. Doctors want to operate in one week so it seems like its all a rush to take action. I appreciate any feedback or input.
my best - Jenny