In the first part of this series, we learned about this project about medical treatment of my father for brain tumor. This project was needed to first remove the existing tumor from my father’s brain through surgery and then take the course of action to ensure that tumors do not get resurfaced in my father’s brain again. The project charter and project objectives could be as following:
Brain tumor treatment of my father
To remove existing brain tumor and ensure no further occurrence of tumors in my father’s brain.
My father was 73 years old when he had suddenly developed speech problem. After diagnosis, it was found that it occurred because of a tumor in my father’s brain. The MRI scan showed a tumor of size 3.6 cm X 3.5 cm X 3.2 cm in the parietal region of my father’s brain. The biopsy report showed that this tumor is Glio Blastoma Multiforme (GBM) stage IV: the deadliest and fast growing tumor which can kill a patient within 3 to 8 months if it is not removed. Even after removal, most brain tumors grow again. So further medical treatment is needed to ensure that tumors do not get resurfaced after brain surgery.
Life expectancy for patients with GBM type brain tumors is not more than 2 years. The typical course of medical treatment traditionally is to remove the tumor through brain surgery and then apply chemo and radiation therapy to burn whatever traces of tumor left after surgery. After this, there is no further treatment generally available if the tumor resurfaces in the brain. Alternative medical treatments have some potential but it is not sure if they work 100%. Indian Homeopathic & ayurvedic doctors claim to fully treat GBM patients.
Increasing the life expectancy of GBM patients is a real challenge. Thus this project is a real challenge. If my father becomes cancer free (brain tumors are a type of cancer) after medical treatment then it will be nothing short of a miracle.