Cancer check-up and double-vision

6 Nov

Well our house has been a bit tense for the last month.  I know most folks would not know it from Susie going to Venice and us hosting our annual pumpkin carving party.  Nevertheless, Susie has been experiencing double-vision on a fairly regular basis.  It only lasts about a minute.  The double-vision started about a year ago and was very infrequent.  The behavior now happens about once a day (sometimes twice or more on bad days).  She went to a Cambridge ophthalmologist a few weeks back and was recommended we do her brain cancer check-up early (just to make sure nothing abnormal was happening in her noggin).

So the good news is we just returned from the Royal Marsden for her check-up and her scans were unchanged from last February.  So, the double-vision is not related to a surprise tumor (our greatest fear). Our next step to figure out what is causing this problem is to visit a neuro-ophthalmologist (which is much better IMHO than seeing a neuro-surgeon :-).  There are multiple possibilities, like muscle spasm to cranial nerve damage that may be related to her cancer treatment (i.e. surgery or radiation).  In the meantime, she’ll just have to put up with seeing two of me and the kids.

Guy Lipof

Accomplished Engineering Executive with deep consulting and sales expertise in healthcare and life sciences, particularly in oncology, driving business strategy, delivering innovative solutions, and improving patient outcomes. Care partner and advocate for raising awareness about and investment towards Brain Cancer Research, such as Glioblastoma Multiforme and IDH mutant gliomas.