On Tuesday, March 28th, Aaron went in for a MRI as he had experienced a weird tingling sensation on the left side of his face and down his left arm to his fingers. He also had been getting several intense headaches with nausea, which we thought were migraines. The MRI showed he had a 2 1/2 inch by 1 inch brain tumor on the right temporal lobe of his brain. Dave, Aaron, Zach and I met with the Surgeon on Friday, March 31st. The Surgeon said the tumor had been there for sometime and seemed to be slow growing. Also the weird tingling sensation on his left side was a mild seizure.
On Thursday, April 13th, Aaron had surgery to completely remove the tumor and the diagnosis of this brain tumor was:
1) Name of the tumor: Anaplastic pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma, WHO grade 3. The short name for this high grade cancerous brain tumor is PXA. This is a very rare type of cancerous brain tumor, which has a high rate of coming come back.
2) He also tested POSITIVE for the BRAF V600E Molecular. This is a mutation cell that damages other brain cells.
Aaron had 32 proton beam radiation treatments at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He started his first proton beam radiation treatment on May 22 and finished on July 6, 2017.
Please keep Aaron in your thoughts and prayers as he continues on his journey. Thank you for visiting.