Neurosurgery

We arrived at MGH around 8 PM on Friday night and at 12:30 AM on Saturday morning Lisa was wheeled into surgery to remove the 1.5-inch brain tumor.

The tumor was at the back of the head at the base of the skull in the cerebellum, which coordinates and regulates muscular activity. It was a metastasis of her breast cancer. It was pinching closed the fourth ventricle causing a buildup of neuro-spinal fluid in her brain. Untreated it would have resulted in her going into a coma within a matter of hours to days.

After a restless and anxious night, at 5:30 AM I received a call from the neurosurgeon that the operation was a success and that Lisa was doing well.  He told me that in 3-4 weeks she should be back to herself. He also said that he is not worried about the other tumor and that it will be taken care of with whole brain radiation once she has recovered from surgery. The tumor displaced, but did not damage the brain tissue. The operation did not damage the brain either. Now that the tumor has been removed the brain tissue will return to its normal position.

She is currently in the Intensive Care Unit and will be there for 2-3 days. She will remain in the hospital for at least a week. At the time of this writing, around 6:30 PM on Saturday, she is still very heavily sedated but all indication are that the surgery went as planned. She is responding appropriately to all the cognitive and motor tests that the neurosurgeons have her periodically perform. That’s it for now. I’ll pass along new developments as they occur.

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