This is the first of the new posts which will have real titles indicative of their content and not just a date!
After the initial shock and a couple of good cold beers I put on my investigative reporter’s hat and started my quest for information. A real treasure trove it is too!
UCLA Neuro-Oncology are running a comprehensive brain tumour programme and they are the only ones (I know of) who keep and publish extensive data on their patients. Now, according to the doctors at UCLA
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) survival rates vary greatly depending on several key-factors, such as initial diagnosis, number of times the tumor has recurred, patient age, molecular diagnostic results, past therapy, Karnofsky Score, tissue features, along with 50-60 other key variables…
High checks for yours truly on a number of these key-factors, including total surgical removal, high Karnofsky Score, youthful age etc.
The corresponding chart shows that the median survival rate for all GBM patients in my age group is 617.18 days. Now this includes everyone, irrespective of whether they have had surgery or not. Notice, how a couple of people are nicely beating the odds by hanging in there for 3,000 days and more!
Plan for the next few weeks is to read up as much a possible (any leads or info you can provide is welcome) and to get a plan in action to keep the bastard in check.
I’m alive and kicking!
PS: have I told you that goats cheese is soul food?