MRI and CT scan today

Kala took me to get a brain MRI and a CT scan this morning.  We then met with the Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Clark.  Dr. Clark said everything in the body looks stable, but there are a few areas of the brain that look like they are growing.  He said this could be just extra brain swelling tissue, or it could actually be growing.  He is setting up an appointment with Gordon Watson for an MRI spectroscopy–An MRI in which the tissue is tested to see what proteins are present.  If the tissue is dead, we may need brain surgery to remove.

Dr. Clark called Dr. Watson in Salt Lake, and Dr. Watson is 96% sure its necrosis-tumor dying.  The Good News is that Dr.  Watson treated about 6 or seven areas, and only three remain.–One significantly larger, the second also is larger, and the third is about the same as the beginning of December.  Dr. Watson also thought with steroids–I must be better about taking them– the swelling will go down.    Ok, I’m on it!

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10 Responses to MRI and CT scan today

  1. Julie says:

    This is wonderful news. Who’da thought I’d be in favor of having dead brain tissue, but in this case, I am!

  2. annie grow says:

    Thank you for sharing your update with the entire blogosphere – I still think about and pray for you all the time. You really are amazing.

    • Annie,

      So great to see you are still checking the blog patiently. When there is news to report, I’ll put it up there!

      Hope you and your adorable husband are doing well.

      Love, Melanie

  3. brittany says:

    oh wow.. I will pray for you…

  4. DeLite says:

    Melanie, sounds like you just keep working at it. We’re praying for you continually and think of you constantly. So glad to see more news on the blog. Kalani looks so beautiful I can’t believe how fast they are growing! Love you! DeLite

  5. Arlene says:

    Thank you for the updates. Still praying and hoping for the miracles that you are in need of! You are inspiring and so courageous! I love you lots. When you can, let’s do our walking. Miss you. Have a great weekend and keep me updated on the next doctor visit. You are in my thoughts daily.

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