My father who is 82 years of age had about 25 days ago some dizziness, and unsteadiness and sudden dificulty in finding and saying certain words.
MRI brain with contrast revealed a left deep parietal multicystic lesion made of 3 cysts, the biggest 4x4x4. (Suspeected brain abscess vs. metastatic, surrounded by dense edema.)
Steriotactic needle aspiration was done Feb. 23 and reveled a dark yellow clear fluid impresive of Astrocytoma fluid. Yet C/S and cytological examination reveled no growth of organism and cytology reveled hemorragic clear fluid with no evidence of malignant cells. Post operativly his speech improved dramatically yet sometimes he still missed some words . The prognosis of the doctor is : Cystic astrocytoma of the Lt. Parietal Lobe.
He is recommendng that we operate to remove the tumor. My fathers concerne is since this is not a malignant tuomor can any other method of treatment be availabel ? The doctor informed him that the liquid in the cyst would reform in the future and that the only real way out was an operation.My father has had a cardiac operation 10 years ago with Aortic valve repalcmen by tissue graft and he is worried that he will have troubles and risks enduring the operation on the tumor.
Are there any other treatments or less intrusive procedures anyone can recomend for such a case ?