Caregiver: Skull base tumor expertise saved my husband’s life

I’ve been an educator for 16 years and a high school librarian for eight. I teach kids how to do research, so I know how to find stuff online. And that’s exactly what I did after my husband, Mark, was diagnosed with a rare skull base tumor called chordoma of the clivus last summer. None of the doctors or specialists we saw here in Alabama could even tell us what it was, much less how to treat it. One thought it might be an infection. All of them called it “inoperable,” which meant they didn’t think it could be removed surgically. They suggested we go home and get Mark’s affairs in order, because whatever he had was probably going to kill him. At the time, our son was only 3. So, that prognosis was not OK with me. I started researching. And the one name that kept popping up was MD Anderson. I have one dear friend who works there and another who received treatment there. So, I’d already heard it was a fabulous place. It also has an entire team focused on skull base tumors, like my husband’s. Now, after seeing firsthand what MD Anderson did for Mark, I know my friends were right. When it comes to cancer, MD Anderson is a whole different ball game. No one can beat it. A better prognosis after a skull base tumor diagnosis After three weeks of being ping-ponged back and forth between local doctors who told us Mark was probably going to die, I was completely freaking out. Then we met with Dr. Shaan Raza, a neurosurgeon at MD Anderson....