MRI taken September 9, 2008Here’s a picture of a slice of my brain from a MRI made this morning at UCSF’s Parnassus radiology facility, an image created after about 30 minutes in an (upgraded) 3 Tesla GE Signa MRI machine. The faint brightness in the lower left quadrant shows the current state of my stage 3 glioma. (you can see a comparison of the original tumor and a more recent image here).

The tumor and associated ‘flair’ (damage caused by the tumor and radiation therapy) are just visible: more importantly, today’s MRI looks a lot like the last 10 or so MRIs. The tumor isn’t growing – indeed, it’s very faint, and has been that way since I began taking Avastin infusions about a year ago.

Avastin therapy for brain tumors is still new territory – there’s only about a year or so experience to draw from. It’s difficult to know when it’s ‘safe’ to change dosage or stop using it.

I had been wanting to ask Dr. Susan Chang, my neuro-oncologist, about going to monthly, from twice-monthly  Avastin infusions. Before I could ask, she suggested I stop Avastin altogether, but continue taking MRIs every six weeks, as well as monitoring my body for signs of neurological changes – I’m a more sensitive diagnostic tool than the MRI. So, woo-hoo! I’m freed from the biweekly ‘chemo tether.’ Now, about that house in the south of France…


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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9 Responses to Woo-hoo!

  1. Amy Bayersdorfer says:

    This is fantastic news! congratulations.

    Hope to catch up in person one of these days.

  2. Lonn says:

    Chris – absolutely amazing news – very happy for you!

  3. cg says:

    Can you tell we’re ecstatic… Woo-hoo deux fois…

  4. Sara says:

    Wow, Chris, this is so great. And I was going to leave a comment yesterday giving Heidi some credit for where you are and I can see your thoughts took the same track (no pun intended!). Keep up the good work, I mean exercise!!! I’m delighted for you.

  5. Stuart Rosenberg says:

    Congratulations Chris. Maybe we can finally do that gourmet dinner. Stuart

  6. Ginna says:

    Bravo! This is great news, Chris. I’m SO happy for you!!!!

  7. Ray Murphy says:

    Chris – this is fantastic news. We have all been thinking of you here!

  8. Helen T. Gregory says:

    Fantastic news, Chris. It is truly amazing to see what you have accomplished.

  9. Rip Rense says:

    Chris—Very fabulous indeed. Avastin, matey. I will pass this along to my neighbor who has just been diagnosed with a malignancy in the brain and is badly in need of encouraging news. You’re a champ.—Rip

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