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The tumor is completely gone!!!!

March 25th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Travis went to Palo Alto on Monday to have an MRI.  On Tuesday he saw Dr. Adler and was told that his tumor is completely gone.  As exciting as it is I still don’t think it has sunk in all the way.

In my opinion, this is proof that CyberKnife radiation works.  It is the best treatment for a schwannoma brain tumor.  If you have a tumor or know somebody who does then ask the  doctor is CyberKnife would work for you.

I want to write more but I donated blood today and my finger is really sore from the prick.  I will try and write more soon.

Tags: brain cancer · Brain Tumor · cancer · CyberKnife · Cyberknife radiation · Dr. Adler · radiation · Radiosurgery · recovery · Schwannoma military · Stanford · Trigeminal schwannoma · tumor · update

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sarah // Apr 9, 2009 at 15:57

    Hi I just wanted to say that is great news about Travis’ schwannoma!! I have just come accross this site and read your story. I too was diagnosed with a Trigeminal Schwannoma in 2006 and when I read your introduction, about wanting to find others who were going through the same… all you found were medical journals it was as if I could have written that muself!! We were probably searching at the same time! just my luck when I finally find someone with one his has gone!! I’m just joking, I’m really pleased for you both because I know how painful and annoying this tumour is. Mine isn’t very big and hasn’t grown in 2 years so the surgeons want to just leave it where it is. Its great to read a success story like yours, gives me hope should mine ever grow again.

  • 2 Sarah // Apr 10, 2009 at 14:26

    hello again. I’ve just read some more of your blog and I realised that Travis’ tumor was cancerous. Mine is benign and because I have read that these schwannomas are mostly benign, i assumed Travis’ was. I feel a little insensitive now, saying i understand how ‘annoying’ this tumor is. It is annoying for me because it is benign and the weird sensations, numb face and pain is as bad as it gets for me. I am sorry though now that I realise Travis had a malignant tumor and annoying isn’t a word you would use to describe it.

  • 3 mrs.ladyking // Apr 22, 2009 at 23:32

    Hi Sarah…I am sorry if I confused you. Travis’s doctors have described his tumor as benign as well but they call the location that it is/was malignant. Because it tangled itself in his cavernous sinus and on the inside of his Trigeminal nerve we were told that his was pretty much in the worst place it could be. Either way, he beat it. 🙂

    I am very glad that you stumbled upon my website. I created it for people just like you. Although I wish you did not need to look for it in the first place, I am glad that we connected. I hope that by sharing my stories and experiences (and Travis’) I can make other peoples challenges a little easier. Please check out my post on CyberKnife Radiation.

    Please do keep in touch and if you have a twitter account please follow me.

  • 4 Sarah // Apr 23, 2009 at 11:16

    Hmmm thats where mine is!! In the cavernous sinus and inside the trigeminal nerve. they said its not the usual place it grows but have never described it as malignant or the worst place. Maybe mine is lower down? I dont know.. . its confusing. Mine is only 9mm by 14mm and hasnt grown in 2 years.

    I hope travis is ok. I had a look at that twitter and i dont understand it. Im on facebook, are u on there? Thanks for making this site 🙂

  • 5 Diana // Jul 12, 2011 at 16:12

    Hello! My mom was recently diagnosed with the same tumor. She was approved for gamma knife radiation and is still very unsure about the procedure…she is looking for someone to talk to who has the same exact tumor…and I found the both of you! Please contact me anytime if you would be interested in possibly helping my mom by sharing your experiences…thank you! dianavu23@gmail.com

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