appears to be a Glioma. This type of tumor is made up of glue like cells that hold the brain in place. My tumor appears to be a somewhat fast growing Glioma type of tumor. This is what my sister’s friend’s Neurologist said it looked like to him. The results of the MRI-Spec also seem to confirm that. There is high CLO level which is cell parts left over from cell replication. There are high lipids, which is indicative of cell death, due to the tumor out growing its blood supply. The MRI-Spec also showed areas of decreased brain function and necrosis(Cell Death). While 80% of Gliomas are metastatic, there are many sub types of Gliomas. The are classified by cell type, by cell grade I (least advanced disease—best prognosis) to IV (most advanced disease—worst prognosis), and location within the brain. A Glioma is not necessarily a death sentence.
The location of my tumor is supratentorial, that is, above the tentorium that divides the upper brain from the lower brain. It is also in the left frontal lobe of the Cerebrum. It is actually very close to my skull. This should make craineotomy/craniotomy easier.
All of that negativity is offset by the fact that, until the tumor is actually removed and a tissue sample is sent to a pathologist, or the Neurosurgeon may diagnose it on the spot, one cannot be sure of any of the above. There are so many highly technical aspects to imaging, and reading images, that it boggles the mind.So I am keeping an open mind, or at least trying to. I often sleep 14-16 hours a day now due mostly to my medication, and to be honest, depression due to not working anymore,the unknown aspects of this, and the waiting, and waiting, and waiting.. I know that a lot of people are praying for me, that and the power of positive thinking have a strong influence also. Your state of mind is critical to fighting cancer. Other than my tumor, I am basically healthy and that goes a long way towards your recovery.If this turns out to in fact be a Glioma tumor, I will likely die from it. The question is how long….about 50% of people diagnosed with this are dead within 3 years. But others, depending on they type of tumor, can live up to 15-16 year. So I am preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best!
Here is a craniotomy, not for the faint of heart……