Dad is doing great. He still has some pain and swelling but is sleeping and comfortable.
He had another MRI so they could determine how much of the tumor is
left. Dr. Sorensen was only able to do a subtotal resection, so a good
portion of the tumor is still left.
We spoke with a great medical oncologist from West Clinic today, and he
gave us the pathology report. It confirmed what Dr. Sorensen had
previously told us, which is that dad has glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).
It is a very aggressive brain tumor, but I will leave it at that
because though we are taking a practical and realistic outlook, we are
very optimistic with the possibility of treatments and clinical trials.
As dad heals and his brain has the opportunity to recover from the
surgery, we already have begun the process of finding and contacting
universities and clinics that have clinical trials for which we can
apply and see if dad is a good fit. We are on top of this as much as we
can be, I think dad would be proud that we have his determination and
fighting spirit at a time that he needs to rest and can't do these
things for himself.
We are so grateful that we have some friends that have had a great
outcome with this diagnosis; having had the standard treatment in
conjunction with being enrolled in a clinical trial.
As we have been in ICU, we have had the good fortune of only having had
two nurses. We started off with Josiah, had Bethany for an 11:00-7:00
shift, then Joaiah came back again at 7:00. We have been very grateful
that he is so kind and understanding and that he seems to really have
dad's best interest at heart as he works during this holiday time.
Keep sending your prayers and good thoughts. We need them and they are
so appreciated. Without your strength and constant prayers, we know we
wouldn't be as strong and hopeful. Thank you all.