Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Increase in Lifespan for GBM patients

Yesterday, I had a doctor's appointment with the same neurology group where Ted had his GBM removed and treated.  The visit was for me, not Ted this time, but of course Ted's GBM always enters the conversations due to his longevity.

 According to Dr. Modha's Physicians Assistant, GBM patients are living longer.She said it used to be that they would tell patients they had a year at the most, which is exactly what they told Ted, but now they are seeing people who are three, five and even seven years out.  Ted's seven year anniversary is  this Monday by the way and we intend to celebrate.  She said that Ted is on the leading edge of this shift in prognosis.  We didn't get a chance to ask her why because the visit was about me this time, but I will be going back in a couple of weeks to see Dr. Modha, so I will make sure to ask him why there has been a shift in longevity, and I will report it here.  This is really great news.