Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Interim Brain MRI Update

     Last week I had another brain MRI in follow-up to one I had in December which found a small lesion that the neuroradiologist was not able to characterize.  Unfortunately, the second MRI found that the lesion has grown a bit, (1.3 mm), and its appearance is atypical.  Further testing by an MR spectroscopy is recommended.  
MRI room

     In all likelihood, this is a small tumor. The good news is that there is a treatment - focused, high-dose radiation to the lesion.  This treatment goes by various names:  stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), gamma knife, cyberknife.  There are no knives involved, just highly focused radiation which, essentially, will zap the tumor to smithereens.

     The next step is to get the MR spectroscopy - actually the next step is to secure insurance approval, then schedule an MR spectroscopy.  If all goes as I suspect it will, I'll be blogging about my experience with SRS in the near future. 

     Although the process of figuring out what is happening in my head is stressful, I am optimistic about available treatments.

Please continue to wish me luck! 

P.S. Knee surgery recovery is going well. 


Anonymous said...

Thinking of you, Luna! Sending good vibes your way.


Kacey said...

The optimism, hope, and strength Luna has after a brain MRI found a small lesion, is so inspiring. A few years ago my mom had her own battle with breast cancer and won. I still remember how hard that time was for our family, but what got us through it was love and courage.