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Last July, one of Fred’s doctors noticed some unusual ‘spots’ in an MRI of Fred’s brain. Another MRI September first showed these spots had doubled in size. At this point we were referred to an Oncologist. After a CAT scan showed no abnormalities in the rest of his body, it was necessary to get a biopsy from one of the spots in his brain. This surgery took place September 24th. It went very well, but the oncologist sent the biopsy to the Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland for a second opinion. We had a long two week wait for those results. Meanwhile, our oncologist in Bend, was sure the treatment would include radiation therapy, which takes awhile to prepare for.
We spent the next two weeks at appointments for radiation prep. The results came back from OHSU, agreeing with our oncologist, calling it a glioblastoma tumor. Now we are ready to begin the radiation treatment Monday morning, Oct. 12th. The treatment includes a Chemo pill of 160 mg, called Temodar. This dose is to help the effectiveness of the radiation. He will get radiated five days a week for three weeks, taking the chemo pill every day during this time.
Fred’s only symptom has been a slight imbalance. Nothing we were particularly worried about. So the seriousness of the tumor took us by surprise. The oncologist impressed upon us that this is a very aggressive tumor. Even with the treatment now, his life expectancy is anywhere from four to six months, and at most, a year. Pretty hard news to hear! Since the surgery he has less energy and feels somewhat weak. Now his imbalance is getting more noticeable, too. As we head into this treatment, we appreciate all of your prayers, love and support!