Welcome to The Brian Peyton Fund. The donations from here are going straight to helping pay for the daily bills and medical bills Brian is amassing as he undergoes radiation and chemotherapy (without insurance) for a pineoblastoma – a malignant and inoperable brain tumor. This kind of tumor is extremely rare in adults. Because the tumor is so rare, it is difficult for his doctors to assess the best course of treatment.
What is The Brian Peyton Fund?
Who is Brian Peyton and what happened to him?
Brian is 28 years old and a student at the University of North Texas, where he was doing post-baccalaureate work so he could apply to dental school in a few semesters. He loves spending his free time playing guitar and watching Rangers baseball. He has been a Texas Rangers fan for many, many years, standing by his team when they were in their darkest seasons. His girlfriend of over seven years describes him as the “best person ever.” Everyone who knows Brian knows him to be kind, patient, and easy-going… basically, everyone loves him.
In mid-April, Brian found out he had a brain tumor roughly the size of a racquetball. Located on top of his brain stem, it blocked the third ventricle and cerebral spinal fluid began build pressure. Within 24 hours of finding out, Brian was sedated so that a ventriculostemy tube could be inserted and release the pressure that was causing so many problems.
Two days later he was transported to the Zale Lipshy University Hospital, a part of UT Southwestern Medical Center, and “world’s premier neurological diagnostic treatment centers.” There they put a shunt in his brain, which is a permanent solution to drain the fluid. During these two weeks he remained in ICU, basically sedated and asleep.
When he was finally moved out of ICU he began improving and was progressing with his daily physical therapy. Then, he took a turn for the worst. His doctors ordered a CT scan and discovered that the tumor had grown almost 2 centimeters in less than a week. The tumor had grown so large that it was now blocking another ventricle. He had a sixth brain surgery to relieve the pressure and began receiving emergency high-dose radiation treatments.
During his 10 week hospital stay Brian had 6 weeks of intense radiation on his spine and brain. The doctors were hopeful that the radiation would improve his condition, but because of the rarity of the tumor they had little to draw from. Recently, the doctors reported that the tumor was basically dead and that the radiation was successful!
However, because brain tumors die from the inside out, the size of the tumor hasn’t decreased much. While Brian is getting stronger and is able to walk unassisted, he is still having cognitive issues such as short term memory loss. The doctors are confident that the mass will decrease, although surgery may be necessary.
2013 Update: Well, Brian has completed chemotherapy and is 29 now! However, a few weeks ago the tumor returned. He was in the hospital for just a few days this time- by far his shortest hospital stay yet. His strength is good enough for him to be home, which is wonderful. He’s currently visiting new doctors for some outside opinions and new options. There is more information in the newest post below.
Well, it’s been a little over a year since this nightmare began. Brian went through his full treatment and ended chemo around the first of the year. Everything was looking great and the doctors were beside themselves at his recovery. He even got his first first post chemo haircut from Heather! You really can’t keep [...]
Hello to all of you! Brian finished his first round of chemo yesterday and he is doing great. So far, the side effects of the treatment are not really bothering him. Let’s hope that keeps up! So we are one round down and two to go. The next one starts on Halloween, not sure about [...]
As I was updating the website for Nicole, I decided to hijack the blog area and let everyone know what’s been going on this summer with Brian and Nicole in greater detail than the main page really allows. Plus, this post is from an outsider’s point of view-I’m just a friend. I don’t live with [...]
Brian is doing great! Many, many things have happened since my last update. 1. Brian is finished with radiation. His last radiation treatment was on June 14, he got a certificate and everything! The paramedics that have been transporting him to and from his treatments, and all the nurses and techs at the radiation clinic [...]
BRIAN WALKED TODAY!!!!!!!! Sorry, I just had to yell that. He walked! The physical therapists took him to the 8th floor (rehab unit) for his therapy session today so they could use the parallel bars. He was able to talk about 60 feet without any assistance other than the bars. I could not be more [...]