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Re: spinal tumor

Re: spinal tumor

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Posted by Bill on November 03, 1999 at 21:23:25:

In Reply to: spinal tumor posted by jay kim on October 03, 1999 at 04:31:44:

: if anyone has a spinal tumor(astrocytoma) or had surgery to remove tumor from spinal cord, woould like to share insight. Let's get together.

I had surgery for a tumor on my spinal cord on the 2,3,4,and 5 vertebre of my spinal cord, four years ago. After the first surgery which was a very delicate surgery because the tumor was in such a dangerous position against the spinal cord. Unfortunately it grew back in about 10 months. I then had to have part of my vertabre removed. The surgery was preformed again to reduce the pressure of of the spinal cord being created by the tumor. They had me in a halo for 8 weeks and the surgery again was a success. The doctors for precaution because of the history of the tumor had me take radiation therpy for 6 weeks with no success for shrinking the remaining part of the tumor. After 8 months the tumor started to show signs of growth again. This time the doctors have put me on chemotherpy and after 1 year on the therpy the tumor has not shrunk, but it has shown no signs of growth either. There are complications that are possible from the chemo but so far the risk of the tumor growing back and the risk from the chemo, I must chose the least of the two evils. This has been ongoing now for 4 years and I do get very depressed sometimes. But as long as my body can handle the chemo and my tumor keeps from growing I will be thankful........ If I can be helpful to anyone from my experiences please write me.....



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