Hi all - Barbara had a successful surgery. Apparently she talked through the whole procedure. The surgical staff all had smiles on their faces after the procedure. They got as much of the tumor out as possible - it seemed encapsulated - but of course, not all of it - scraping out more could lead to permanent damage to her speech (which is apparently and thankfully intact).
This journey is just beginning. Next - it will take about a week to get back the pathology results which will reveal whether the tumor is malignant or not. Since it is something that originated in the brain and given its location and shape it has more odds of being malignant than not. The pathology results will also reveal its nature, that is whether it is type one (slow growing) up to type four (most aggressive). That will then determine the specific course of radiation and chemo required over 5-6 weeks. The neurologists will examine her tomorrow to determine risks of seizures, which may become an issue (in about 10% of cases). The good news is that Barb was a solid trooper through the procedure and pulled through this first major ordeal of the adventure thanks in many ways to the support, good wishes, and prayers of her friends and the work of the "soldiers" (surgical team) here at Toronto West Hospital. I am waiting to see her as I write this in her room. Hopefully she can come home in a couple of days.