Discussion of the 1 year checkup (closer to 14 months)
I went back to Stanford for an MRI and a consult with Dr. Jackler and
Dr. Gibbs in
late October 2006.
My thanks again to Laurie Tupper for setting up all of the appointments.
I flew in on Saturday to leave Sunday in case the airlines screwed up.
They did not, so I went up to Napa on Sunday and came away with 6
bottles of wine, two of which I shipped and 6 of which I put into
checked luggage. All have arrived ok.
My MRI was done there along with an audiogram for the first time -
previous ones have been at Dr. Tralla's office
I first met with Dr. Gibbs. I discussed my concerns with her on the
uncertainty in reading an MRI. She agreed that there was around a 2mm
I then met with Dr. Jackler the following day. I don't believe that
there was a radiologist's report by then, but Dr. Jackler's reading of
the MRI was favorable based on a loss of contrast on the contrast
Here are the pictures, one from 6 months after the radiation, one from
This is the 6 monthg picture
and the 1 year picture:
The portion of the tumor that is on the lower left (inside the skull)
is darker than the portion on the upper right.
Dr. Jackler says this is an indication that the cells are dying. He
says that the contrast will come back at some point, but I forgot to
ask him what that means.
I will return in 1 year, and will hope Laurie will again help set up
all of my appointments.
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