John Carroll

My husband was working full time as a process engineer for research and development for a health care company. He suddenly lost his left peripheral field of vision and spatial awareness and hit the garage which prompted a visit to our local emergency department. A 6cm tumor was found in his parietal lobe and he was transferred to Maine Medical Center to meet the neuro surgeon for a craniotomy. We were informed that the next step was to follow the standard of care (6 weeks of radiation and chemo) however there is no evidence that SOC is helpful with his type of tumor. After speaking with multiple providers including the neuro surgeon we choose quality for his remaining time. He was comfortable and chose to be home. John listened to his favorite music, watched sailing documentaries, received aromatic massage and enjoyed his favorite meals. He only lived 62 days but they were filled with family, friends, love, laughter and prayers.

The current standard of care for glioblastoma consisting of radiation and chemotherapy is ineffective.

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