New MRI results unexpectedly promising.
Topic: MRIs and Statistics
Typically, fast growing Level 4 tumors like a GBM doubles in size in less than a month. Dad's tumor, though large, only increased a small amount!
The size change is:
03/15/2006 5.3cm X 4.9cm X 8.2cm
04/15/2006 5.5cm X 5.6cm X 8.2cm
Dad goes in to meet with the local Doctor to get his Chemotherapy started today at 12:45.
We still don't have an exact classification of this tumor. With this slight change in Tumor size over the course of 4 weeks, it's a good sign. We won't know the exact classification until we get the chromosomal results back to determine if it has the 1p/19q deletion or not.
They found that allelic loss of chromosome 1p was a significant predictor of chemosensitivity and that combined loss of 1p and 19q showed a significant association with both chemosensitivity and recurrence-free survival. These conditions were strongly associated with longer overall survival.
Basically, we are hoping that he has a 1p/19q deletion. Click on the link below to learn more about the advances of understanding brain tumor activity.1p/19q Advances