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The doctor discussed surgery followed by gamma knife. The neurosurgeon wants to do surgery, and it is scheduled for April 11. I guess he wants to get the blood out of there, but it seems extreme to go digging for a tumor they can’t see if they are going to do gamma knife anyway. Please comment. Is it typical to operate before gamma knife? He had a brain met that was treated with WBR because it was not operable and gamma knife would have caused swelling which would probably have caused paralysis on his right side.
I am so glad there is a new program to provide this Anti-PD-1 drug to melanoma patients who, like my husband has failed ipi and now vemurafinib. I hope he is able to get it in time. My understanding is that he will have to wait 4 weeks post surgery before he can have the med. Another problem is that the cancer center here doesn’t have a Merck PD-1 trial, so my understanding is that it won’t be available for about 2 months. Is this correct?