brain mri reflected enhanced mass on front lobal

Am in hopes that someone else has had this experience. During the past year I have had eye issues (uvetitis) and have found a super retina specialist who stated all indications were that I am fighting sarc. Within two months, I had a retina detachment and was recovering nicely.. as the predisone dosage was being reduced I found myself in a fog like world... very forgetful, headaches. My visit to my regular Dr. suggested a full blood work up and an immediate mri... the mri came back with an enhanced mass on the frontal lobe. I will be having a full CAT scan tomorrow and then an appt. with a nuerosurgeon.... THey have all indicated that indications are that this is a cancer related issue. So far the Dr.s have said, we have never seen sarcoidois in the brain... without having brain surgery, how do you know if it is cancer or sarc? All blood work ect is acceptable .

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I have sarc and brain cancer. I had a stroke in 06 and they kept an eye on the spot thinking it was just the scar from the stroke until one radiologist, who really paid attention, said it had change after looking at previous scans. None of my blood work showed any signs of cancer.

I had the tumor removed, well most of it, Aug 09. The type of tumor is called Oligodendraglioma. It is a very slow growin cancer. They said It could have been growing for as long as 10yrs.

I hope you dont have cancer, but if you do, hang in there and be strong. I know it is very scarey, but the human body is very resilient and having a positive outlook can also help.

Keep us updated,

Jon

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Great thanks for you response... How have they been treating your cancer and what process did they use to remove the tumor. My mri indicates is is a irregular enhancing mass in the right frontal lobe measuring 2.0x1.7cm in transvere dimension. The lesion as part of the adjacent cytotoxc edema. The edema however is noted to not cause significant midline shift. Whatever all that means.

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They laid my scalp open and removed a small piece of skull. They removed the tumor with a lazer. They put it back using a small clip to attach the small piece of skull back and they used 43 staples to hold my scalp back together. I have a picture of the staples in my scalp, It looks like something out of a movie.LOL I had no pain for two days after the surgery, but when those two days were up, I had swelling and had to have Iv Decadron, which is a strong steroid, and a lumbar drain put in for 5 days.

My daily nausea is gone, but I still have pressure headaches which they are treating.

As far as treatment, my type of cancer doesn't respond to cemo or radiation very well, so I have scans every 4 mos to make sure it hasn't grown. My tumor is in the left parietal lobe in the cerebral cortex. They couldnt remove all the tumor because it had grown under two major blood vessels and was getting into my motor cortex. They said if they remove all of it, I would have another stroke.

I had my surgery done at Vanderbilt and I am in a case study for brain tumors.

The midline is what separates the two sides of the brain. If the side that has the tumor swells enough to push on the other side of the brain, or if it spreads to both sides of the brain, crossing the midline you can have involvement from both sides of the brain.

Keep in touch,

Jon

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If you haven't looked, get on line and look at some diagrams of the brain and the funtions of the different areas. Its pretty interesting and informative.

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