Samantha Owen

First post: Mar 20, 2019 Latest post: May 9, 2019
In November 2018, I was informed that the Melanoma I have been battling on and off again since 2014 had returned. The treatment I was on had started to fail and was no longer effective in treating my cancer. Fast-forward to present day, I am currently under the care of a team of doctors at Washington University and the Center for Advanced Medicine. I had both a PET scan and a Brain MRI done at this time. My PET scan results showed that I had multiple soft tissues masses with lymph node involvement throughout my entire body. My MRI results came back showing I had 3 tumors located in both my left and right parietal lobe and my right temporal. After these finding, it was decided that the best treatment would be to have Gamma Knife radiation. The treatment showed some positive results but not what we were really hoping for. After having a follow-up MRI performed, it showed that the radiation was effective on 2 out of the 3 tumors. The tumor that is most concerning and problematic is the one located on my right parietal lobe. The mass has grown in size and is hemorrhaging, which is causing swelling on my brain. In order to correct this problem, I will be having brain surgery on March 20th. In addition, 2 more tumors have been found on the cerebellum of my brain. These tumors are located in an area which is inoperable. The only treatment option for this area is whole brain radiation, which will start about 4 weeks after my surgery.  This has been a long and difficult road but for those of you who know me know I will never give up and will stay positive.

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