- Grade 4: The malignant tissue has cells that look most abnormal and tend to grow quickly.
- Multifocal: These are not multiple tumors; they originate from a unique cellular clone and grow in more than one location within a single organ.
- Glioblastoma: Aggressive form of cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal column formed of astrocytomas
While at the hospital Dr. Cavaliere arranged for us to meet with Physical and Occupational Therapists, Social Workers and a Palliative Care Specialist.
Friday, February 15, we met with Dr. Cavliere to start a new treatment. At Grade 4 chemotherapy is no longer an option for us so we are going to start an Infusion Therapy of Avastin. Avastin is an anti-cancer drug that aims to kill a tumor by starving it of the energy source (blood) it needs to grow. Avastin is referred to as an anti-angiogenic drug. Angiogenesis is the process by which tumors are able to create their own blood vessels to feed themselves. The first treatment is scheduled for Friday and lasts 30 minutes. Thankfully, Patients typically feel no side-effects from this treatment.
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