My wife recently discovered that the lump on her head was a tumor. The tumor is outside the skull as well as inside the skull. The bone in between the tumor shows a moth eaten appearance. A biopsy has not yet been done, but the research I have done on bone with a moth eaten appearance has not been promising. With bone tumors, a moth eaten appearance shows a high probability that the tumor is malignant. So my question is, does this same rule apply to a bone that is surrounded by a tumor? Is there a high probability the tumor is malignant? I know nothing is set in stone, but I am trying to know what to expect so I can be ready to be supportive of my wife.
So sorry to hear of your wife's distressing symptoms. Although I can understand your angst You really need to slow down a bit as you are getting ahead of yourself here. In order to see if the growth is malignant a biopsy needs to be done. Most menigiomas are benign (90%) with only 2% being malignant with the remaining 8% being mixed so the chances are this is not malignant. Do yourself a big favor and stay away from the 'net at this point, leave the diagnosis to the doctors, this will help in settling you. If you have any questions write them down on paper and take that to the doctors at the next appointment as at this stage the doctor is the best person to answer them.
I wish you and your wife the best of luck and remember we are always here to help.
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Thanks for the response Chemoman. It is just hard to wait, and I know I have to be the calm one, so I am trying to be prepared. I do take comfort knowing that most meningiomas are benign, but I am still just cautiously optimistic.
Hi Mojorizen2. I am very sorry about your wife's health problems. What causes you to think it is a Meningioma? If the "tumor" is not within the scull (which I assume since you can see it) it is impossible for it to be a brain cancer or Meningioma. It still could be a cancer so she really should have a biopsy done.
Thanks for everyone's replies. The doctors initially said it was meningioma based on the CT scan done. With the MRI, we can see the tumor is present outside of the skull and inside of the skull. The bone(skull) in between the exterior and interior tumor has a moth-eaten appearance (as reported by the doctor). After the MRI was done, they now say it is possibly meningioma, possibly metastases. The biopsy is being done today, so I guess we will know more in a week.
chmash, I will bring up the alternative healing up to my wife and see how she feels about it. I am glad it is helping with your symptoms. My wife does get headaches from the tumor. I personally am open to alternative medicine/healing because I have had some good results in the past with herbal treatments for other ailments.
Just an update. The initial biopsy results came back and it turns out my wife has large b cell lymphoma. It is a good thing we waited for the biopsy, because the neurosurgeon wanted to remove part of her skull, and this would be an unnecessary risk since she will likely have some sort of radiation or chemo therapy now. My wife had another biopsy done and now we need to wait so they can narrow it down to what type of lymphoma she has. It is very interesting how a tumor in the meninges ends up being lymphoma. Hopefully we start getting some good news now, since as of late it has all been negative.