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Entries from November 2007

another step forward

November 13th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Travis drove yesterday for the first time since July.  It was a short drive but he did drive on the freeway and he did a good job.  It is probably better that he lets me continue to do the driving for now but I thought that he should try it just on case of an […]

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Tags: driving · update

Radiation done….a happy ending :)

November 9th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Today was not so exciting.  Travis had his second and last treatment of CyberKnife radiation.  While Travis was getting radiated I spoke with a couple who were in the waiting room.  There was a man there who was given 6 months to live after being diagnosed with lung cancer.  He had radiation and 9 ½ […]

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Tags: Cyberknife radiation · follow up · happy · happy ending · radiation · Radiosurgery · tumor · update

The first CyberKnife Radiation treatment

November 8th, 2007 · No Comments

We got a call from Travis’s neurosurgeon.  He explained to us that the reason two treatments are needed is because the residual tumor is very close to Travis’s optic nerve.  To be safe the radiation should be broken up into two treatments.  Travis explained to his neurosurgeon that we could not really come back for […]

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Tags: Ativan · Brain Tumor · Cyberknife radiation · follow up · hospital · radiation · Radiosurgery · Stanford · tumor · update

Not sure what to think…

November 8th, 2007 · No Comments

We just got a call from the radiation department. They said that they were instructed to schedule Travis for two treatments.  All along we were told that he only needed one.  So now we are staying here for an extra night.  Travis is going to have one CyberKnife treatment first thing Friday morning and then […]

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Tags: confused · Cyberknife radiation · doctor · follow up · Stanford · stress · update

CT Scan, Good News, Long Day

November 7th, 2007 · No Comments

Today started early.  Travis had a CT Scan at 7:15am.  He took an Ativan before the appointment so that he could be relaxed.  We arrived at the Radiation Therapy unit and checked in.  They took us back into an area where they introduced their selves, took a picture of Travis for identification purposes, and started […]

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Tags: Brain Tumor · CT Scan · Cyberknife radiation · follow up · hospital · MRI · positive · Radiosurgery · Stanford · surgery · tumor · update

Back at Stanford for a follow up with his surgeon.

November 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Today we traveled up to Stanford.  Travis saw his neurosurgeon for the first time since the summer. He gave Travis’s progress a “B+”.  He said that he expects Travis’s eye to come back to normal.  He also expects his forehead to wrinkle again. Overall, the appointment went well.  We saw an MRI pre-surgery and compared it […]

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Tags: Brain Tumor · doctor · floow up · nerve damage · positive · Stanford · surgery · tumor · update

Pictures

November 5th, 2007 · No Comments

Slowly but surely I am getting pictures uploaded.  Please check them out and continue checking back to see more pictures.  Right now I have some of the pictures up of Travis after his second surgery.  I have a lot more to upload and I will do my best to document Travis’s radiation experience. Check out […]

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Tags: pictures · radiation · Radiosurgery · surgery · usefull info

Radiation is just around the corner

November 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

This time next week Travis will be finishing up his radiation.  I hope that he gets the results that we are looking for.  All we can do is hope for the best.

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Tags: Cyberknife radiation · radiation · Radiosurgery · Stanford · tumor

Some Brain Tumor and Caregiver Information

November 1st, 2007 · No Comments

I found some useful information on www.caregiver.org.  ©Family Caregiver Alliance http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=568   Definitions A brain tumor is a collection of damaged cells that multiply out of control within the brain. Also called a neoplasm, growth, mass or lesion, a brain tumor is classified as either primary or secondary (metastatic), and can be benign or malignant. […]

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Tags: advice · brain cancer · Brain Tumor · cancer · condition · education · family · Links · Radiosurgery · surgery · tip · tumor · usefull info