Sorry, couldn’t be arsed to write anything. Also feeling very tired. Trying to cope with the diagnosis (high grade glioma or melanoma-metastasis).
Again, thanks to Wikipedia we have instant access to the wide and wonderful world of gliomas:
A glioma is a type of primary central nervous system (CNS) tumour that arises from glial cells. The most common site of involvement of gliomas is the brain, but gliomas can also affect the spinal cord or any other part of the CNS, such as the optic nerves.
Gliomas are further categorized according to their grade, which is determined by pathologic evaluation of the tumor.
- Low-grade gliomas are well-differentiated (not anaplastic); these are benign and portend a better prognosis for the patient.
- High-grade gliomas are undifferentiated or anapalstic; these are malignant and carry a worse prognosis.
Of numerous grading systems in use, the most common is the World Health Organisation (WHO) grading system for astrocytoma. The WHO system assigns a grade from 1 to 4, with 1 being the least aggressive and 4 being the most aggressive. Various types of astrocytomas are given corresponding WHO grades.
- WHO grading system for astrocytomas
- WHO Grade 1 — e.g., pilocytic astrocytoma
- WHO Grade 2 — e.g., diffuse or low-grade astrocytoma
- WHO Grade 3 — e.g., anaplastic (malignant) astrocytoma
- WHO Grade 4 — glioblastoma multiforme (most common glioma in adults)
The prognosis is the worst for grade 4 gliomas, with an average survival time of 12 months. Overall, few patients survive beyond 3 years.
Will meet the head of the Neurosurgery clinic tomorrow, to discuss detail procedure. Plan is to do some preliminary tests Friday, 30th then to “release” me again for the weekend (but like in a halfway house, I have to be back on Sunday afternoon).
First thing Monday morning they will bring in the big drill…