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New to all of this and not even sure how I will know if anyone responds to my post.  I had a weird visual episode at work where I kept seeing my computer screen.  Knew something wasn't right and went to get help.  Had a seizure and they found a small spot on the back left part of my brain.  Wait and see, three weeks later I have a bigger spot.  About 3 weeks ago they completely removed the tumor about the size of a dime but remove area around it for about a total of a ping pong ball size area.  I am now doing 30 days of radiation and temador for at least 30 days - I have been told I will probably do more.  I have had no side effects with the chemo and so far ok with radiation - 7 days in - starting to get burn spot.  I am 51 years old, excellent health and no other issues.  So what is in store for me?  What happens next? 

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I have been blessed with Anaplastic Astrocytoma and it sounds like they have you on the right road. The growth rate seems a bit higher than I would expect for AA, but if they were able to pull all of that ugly ping poing out then you are doing fantastic. I had a fist sized one (3 years ago) and they removed 80%. It was not fond of TMZ so it shrunk by half (10% remaining). With a little luck you will have similar success and it should destroy some of the star-like legs from the tumor. I assume that is why they are also using radiation since that will further inhibit the sucker. I have not tried the radiation yet and am keeping that for a day when the 10% starts growing again - which hopefully is long down the road. I go in for MRI's every other month, but I assume for the first year you will be checking monthly (as I did) - just to be sure.

Hope you have no side effects from the surgery. That is the part that has stuck with me - I have extreme exhaustion each day and headaches. But - alive and kicking so I cannot really complain.

Good luck with the radiation and chemo!
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Thanks for the response. Surgery went excellent with no side affects. Handling the chemo and radiation well. Head get sore from the radiation like a bad sunburn. Plan on beating this t**d of a tumor and living a long time.
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