Mom and I went to the consult with the radiation doctor today. Overall, it was an informative visit. We had a lot of questions that the doctor was able to answer. What we found that was positive (in a way) is that her cancer is actually in the skull as opposed to being in the brain. She does have a small palpable area on the top of her head that has been there for about a year. She did have the palpable area checked out by her family practice doctor, but he thought it was nothing to worry about. Another positive is that the bone cancer is "slow growing". It is not getting fed by any blood vessels, so it does not have the opportunity grow out of control.
So, the skull cancer did not directly cause the right sided paralysis. It was determined that the hematoma was the cause of the problems. And what caused the hematoma.....it may have been her blood pressure that got out of control. Not really sure. She is regaining mobility and strength on the right side, and everyone is pleased with her progress. They are saying she did NOT have a stroke. More good news. Basically, the cancer was an incidental finding related to the hematoma. Are you as confused as I am?
Mom will have a follow-up MRI in about 4 weeks to see how her brain is healing and to check the status of the cancer. At that time, The Radiation Doc will determine the treatment plan for mom. We are all pretty optimistic at this point. Today is definitely a good day.
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