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    How long does it take to be diagnosed with Brain Tumor?

    I'm in a state of disarray at the moment. I talked to my Mom earlier today and she seemed fine... Now all of a sudden I get a rack of phonecalls saying my Mom is in the hospital. I'm in so much shock that I dont think all the phonecalls said she may have a Brain Tumor but a couple people did say she may have a Braint Tumor. Im hoping and praying they got their info messed-up and she just has a migraine headache or something... My question is can a person be diagnosed that quick with a Brain Tumor? Is it a simple procedure or extensive?
    I just got the phonecalls approximately 3 hours ago and now its 2am... I'm gonna go to the hospital at 8am to get more info... I cant sleep now and Ive been googling Brain Tumors and this just makes me feel worse n worse... I just dont know what to do at the moment...

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    It depend of the type and grade of the tumor. However, often the doctors have a pretty good idea just by looking at a CT or MRI scan. This could take hours to days depending on what is availableness in your area. That is, if she has an MRI today, they will have a good idea today or tomorrow. I knew that very day.

    However, to be 100% sure, they will have to do a biopsy. That could take anywhere from days to months again depending on what is available in your area. It also depends on other factors... such as special tests the doctor whats to have done with the biopsy samples. Special stains often have to be sent out to special labs and those results could take a long time to get back. My basic biopsy results were available in less than one week. Most of that wait was due to availability of a neurosurgeon and surgical room at my hospital: 2 days to get CT and MRI results, 3 days until they could do the biopsy, and 1 day to get the preliminary results. Fortunately, waiting is usually not that dangerous... again depending on specifics about size and grade of the tumor.

    Good luck and keep us informed.
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    Thx for the response BrainMan. Well, I just came from the hospital from sitting with my Mom and the doctor came in to talk to us and he drew a brain illustration on the board explaining the situation. Well, my Mom has a growing mass in her brain. But like you said he gave us the idea that it is possibly a Brain Tumor. She goes for the biopsy this coming Thursday and he said this will give him the info on its grade and type.
    The info he laid upon us left me numb. And then to see the look on my Moms face and her gestures made me cry. I didn't do it in front of her, but this is heavy. She's a strong woman but I know she thinking deep about this.
    Medical expenses will become an issue. In fact, my Mom don't have medical insurance. How does the hospitals treat one that does not have medical insurance? Will she still receive treatment?
    I have questions but this is all I can think of at the moment. Thx again for your well wishes...
    --Corey P.

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    Corey, on the financial issue I have some good news. The fact that she has Brain Cancer qualifies her for Social Security Disability AND Medicare. She could start receiving SSD within weeks. I am not sure how long before her Medicare will be available and they will not pay for past bills but it is worth looking into.

    In addition, you could call the SS office in your community and ask about the new medical insurance program. I do not know how that works. What I do not is that she cannot be denied coverage for a preexisting condition.

    Your mother will be in my prayers Thursday. I hope she gets good news.
    Jim
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    http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=2405
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    *Corey, on the financial issue I have some good news. The fact that she has Brain Cancer qualifies her for Social Security Disability AND Medicare. She could start receiving SSD within weeks. I am not sure how long before her Medicare will be available and they will not pay for past bills but it is worth looking into.

    In addition, you could call the SS office in your community and ask about the new medical insurance program. I do not know how that works. What I do not is that she cannot be denied coverage for a preexisting condition.*

    How long has this been the case? Is it only if you don't have coverage? I don't need it now, but who knows? I might need it in the future.

    From my own experience, though my memory is a bit fuzzy for obvious reasons, I had a CT scan initially and from that I guess they saw calcium deposits and got me into an MRI to get more specifics on it. They were pretty sure what it was, but a week later I had the surgery to get the biopsy. That was on Wednesday and I think we had the results Friday. For reference, I'm in Little Rock.

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    Greg, it has been the case since at least 2005. Naturally, the person cannot be able to work at his/her previous occupation/profession/job.

    I am not sure if the new national health insurance program is already functioning or is one of those things Congress approves but sets to start at a future date.

    BTW, good to hear from you
    Jim
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    1992 Astrocytoma grade 2, left motor strip
    2005 Recurrence this time said to be an Oligodendroglioma grade 3, same location.
    http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=2405
    My Story Part 1: http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=2528
    My Story Part 2: http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?p=7350
    My Story Part 3: http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=8029

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    Jim, the bad news is building. After the biopsy last Thursday the docs allowed my Mom to go home. However, she was feeling VERY weak and throwing up so hard that her husband took her back to the Hospital. She been back in for 2 days. Its heart-wrenching to see my Mom sitting in the hospital bed. She just look different. And its hurting me sooooooo bad. I constantly ask myself am I spending enough time? Is family spending enough time? Should I tell her this?
    My Mom is strong but I see it on her face thats she scared. And that look... One that Im not used to is tugging at my soul.
    Her husband told me today that the docs told him thats its an advanced tumor... Its all over her brain... And if they did nothing she may have two months.. And if they did Chemo and radiation she may have up to a year. I'm in denial! Did they tell him right? Did he misunderstand? So Im gonna make way up to the hospital in the morning so I can talk to the doc myself... Just one month ago my Mom was healthy, talkative, and smiling...
    Are there any support groups like AA in Chicago where people that are going through this and/or been through this that meet up and talk and listen about this situation? I'm lost, distraught, depressed, lonely... This is too much! I need help!

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    Hi Corey, I hate that your mother is declining so fast. My mother opted for no treatments. She had other health issues. She died 2 months after her diagnosis. It is a very personal decision. I am glad she let us and her doctors know what she wanted and what she did not want. If there is something "good" about brain cancer is that death is most often painless and peaceful... no matter when it comes. My mother just kept sleeping longer and longer. She died peacefully in her sleep. Unfortunately, I believe your father heard correctly

    As for your last question, I answered it on your other topic. Hope you find one.
    Jim
    Long-term cancer survivor
    1992 Astrocytoma grade 2, left motor strip
    2005 Recurrence this time said to be an Oligodendroglioma grade 3, same location.
    http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=2405
    My Story Part 1: http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=2528
    My Story Part 2: http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?p=7350
    My Story Part 3: http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=8029

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    Re: How long does it take to be diagnosed with Brain Tumor?

    Sorry about your Mom. On you question of a group in Chicago to get support --

    I am a Brain Tumor patient in Los Angeles and attend a support group in the Wellness Community. This center runs groups for both patients and caregivers.

    If you goggle on the Wellness Community you will find that that have a center in Chicago called "Gilda Club Chicago" 537 North Wells Street
    Chicago, IL 60610
    Phone: 312-464-9900
    Fax: 312-464-1487

    Hope this helps.

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    Thx Solargo and Jim... I'm gonna look into those groups immediately...

    I'm also here to say that I just gotta call from my aunt 5- minutes ago... She said my Mom also got Lung Cancer... From what I've researched, that must be Mestatic Cancer since its spreading? The Doc wants the family to meet at the Hospital at 9am Wednesday...

    Im going to get drunk tonight... This is too heavy to deal with right now...

 

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