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My mother in law has a stage 4 brain tumor.She was diagnosed 3 weeks ago.She has opted for no treatment.She is 77.What can we expect as time passes.Right now she seems very well and better than she has been in the last 2 years.She is taking steroids,amed for her blood pressure,a pain med,and a med to keep her calm.
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Well, Beth, your mom-in-laws  choice for no treatment, first of all I commend her for choosing to spend the remainder of her time lucid and knowing you all. The steroids are a blessing, they take away the swelling and the headaches, believe me I know!  She will do well, if and when the tomour grows, her doctor may choose to increase her meds or hospitalize, everyone is different. I hope I have been helpful as far as medical effects they too differ and it is best to wait and watch.  memory loss, vision/hearing loss, speech trouble. I suggest that a journal is kept then you and your family can keep track of things and have the notes for her doctor.   Please give her a hug from me as I feel in my world she is a great fighter, and a strong person.
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I can give hope where there is none, I am a 14 year malignant grade 3 astrosytoma survivor. First diagnosed malignant and inoperable...I am sick and tired of reading there is no hope for a grade 3 or 4 brain tumor! I am literally LIVING PROOF there is HOPE!!!!


My experience is that I went through surgery and chemotherapy and radiation. I am still here and I have a few things to say. I also had a beautiful baby girl after all was said and done. She is now a full of life 10 year old who really keeps me and her dad going!!

none at this time, just a mom and house wife, doing my job! Anyone I see with a visible scar that says to me they too have been in this situation I talk to to make sure they are doing okay and are living life to their full potential. Don't ever let anyone get you down!!! We control us and our feelings!

My educational credentials are as follows: I have been there and walked the walked, I lost hair (that wasn't supposed to grow back, but it did), I was sick with the chemotherapy, and the best thing of all was I had another baby, she is my shinning glory my gift from God and i think these are very good credentials....

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