I Just Knew Something Was Wrong - Brain Tumor Survivor Story Jim Rollison

  • Published on:  9/8/2015
  • In 2009 Jim Rollison knew something was wrong. Basic memory and language skills were slipping away from him, and he was concerned that Alzheimer’s Disease was to blame. When tests revealed a brain tumor, the same type of aggressive brain tumor that had taken his father’s life the year before, Jim sought a second opinion at Wake Forest Baptist Health.

    Jim was impressed with the responsiveness, compassion and expertise of the team.

    Jim underwent surgery to remove the tumor, and enrolled in a clinical trial. Side effects have been minimal, and his recovery has been a smooth one.

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    TRANSCRIPT: JIM ROLLISON: Most people don't get five years. Most people get about 18 months.
    GLENN LESSER, MD/HEMATOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY: Only a small percentage of patients who are diagnosed with his kind of tumor- a glioblastoma- are actually doing well- alive and without evidence of the tumor- five years after they've diagnosed.
    JIM ROLLISON/BRAIN TUMOR SURVIVOR: GBM, which is what my father had, and my father had already passed. There is no way any of you kids are going to get this, that's what he said. There's no way that there's a genetic or familial connection- but he called us at night and so Linda then realized that's probably not good. At first I didn't think it was... I didn't think it could be. But when it did, I was probably depressed for about a week. And then I sort of decided with help from Linda and family that well, if it's only, if it's only 12 or 16 months, go ahead and do what you need to do and try and do everything you can do.
    LESSER: Mr. Rollison came to see us and had surgery here at Wake Forest and I got to meet him after his surgery. He went on a clinical trial that we had and went on to receive radiation here. And six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy with a drug called temozolomide or Temodar. He then went on to receive another six months of the Temodar and we've been following him ever since. I had a chance to see him recently and examine him. We did a repeat MRI scan. He's doing great- really enjoying himself and sort of been in a normal state of activity- not having any symptoms related to his tumor or his treatment. And thankfully, his MRI looked great.
    JIM: We decided that because this is a brain tumor center, that we would come here. There's been nothing other than: we go to Wake Forest. That's the only one that could've probably given me this prognosis and this life that I've got.