Glioblastoma patient regains quality of life with Integrative Medicine Center’s help

Bratton Fennell, 53, is one of the top-ranked distance runners for his age group in the Carolinas. During his brain tumor treatment, it turned out that getting moving again was the key to his well-being – both physical and emotional. Bratton’s cancer journey began earlier this year, when he found himself occasionally stumbling while running, and then just walking. In March, he fell and couldn’t pick himself back up. Imaging tests at a local emergency room revealed a growth (later diagnosed as glioblastoma) measuring 7 cm at its widest. “The tumor was too big for any other treatment, so it needed to be taken out,” Bratton says. “My doctor said if I wanted the best surgeons and the best radiation and chemotherapy afterwards, I needed to go to MD Anderson.” Bratton chooses MD Anderson for brain tumor treatment The doctor’s recommendation, combined with family in the Houston area, convinced Bratton that MD Anderson was the right choice. He traveled from his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to MD Anderson a few days later. The tumor was removed during a craniotomy about a week after that. While Bratton was impressed with MD Anderson and particularly confident in his surgeon, Jeffrey Weinberg, M.D., this period was filled with worry — worry about his children’s financial well-being, worry about being a burden to his loved ones and worry about his quality of life after treatment. After surgery, Bratton started a six-week course of chemotherapy and radiation therapy to kill any remaining cancer cells. Not only was his mind racing; the treatments left him feeling sluggish and hungover. For the first week...