John Gorman’s Story

On May 4th 2004 John was diagnosed with a severe type of brain cancer called GlioBlastoma (Brain tumor).  Within two days of his diagnosis John underwent brain surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, to have his tumor removed. Ever since John’s first surgery, he has been cared for at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.


            John has received a tremendous amount of care and numerous treatments over the past six years.  One of John’s special opportunities at Dana-Farber was to take part in an unprecedented clinical trial. John responded well to the treatment over the next four years.  In February 2008 it was discovered that John was no longer responding to the clinical trial. However, it was this treatment that gave John four more quality years of life.


            From February 2008 to June 2009 John continued his battle as he underwent several more treatments.  John always responded well after each treatment for a very short time. John was told in late June 2009 that his tumor was once again growing. As a result, he would have to have a second surgery.  The Doctors removed this tumor successfully on July 1st and doctors were very pleased with the entire surgery.


            Unfortunately the success of John’s second surgery was short lived.  Less than a month later, on July 31st, an MRI revealed that the tumor had grown greater in size compared to the tumor that the doctors had removed just 30 days prior.


            A combination of radiation and chemotherapy treatments followed with success, and they continued until July 30th 2010. This is when it was discovered that the brain tumor had spread to other areas of John’s brain and had now attached itself to other brain tissue. It was then that John was diagnosed with stage 4 terminal cancer.  On September 2nd, 2010 John received his LAST treatment.