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Woman tries experimental treatment to fight cancerous brain tumors

ADVANCE, MO (KFVS) -

A woman in Advance, Missouri was living with brain tumors, and was shocked when doctors told her about how severe it was.

"I was okay I was just still shocked, shell shocked, then I went, 'Okay what, wait a minute, I have a tumor, what no,'" Driea Rodgers said.

Rodgers was a beautician who loved playing video games, until one day her husband Steve said she started stumbling on her words.

"We laughed it off until she started getting worst and worst then we knew something was serious," Steve Rodgers said.

That's when they went to an area hospital and doctors took an MRI, and immediately sent them to St. Louis.

"We had no clue what was going on," he said. "When we got to the hospital that's when doctors brought us to the back and showed us the tumor in the top of the brain, and I was shocked."

Seeing the tumors brought even more emotions when doctors took a closer look, and told Rodgers of an even worse discovery.

"They tells me there's two," Driea said. "[Doctors] want to take it out because there's two of them and I'm like, 'what?' And then, 'oh, by the way, it's not just a gleo,' which is just a normal tumor, which is not as bad, 'it's a globlastomas.' Which you can get rid of, but it will come back."

Doctors performed a 12-hour surgery, where Rodgers was awake to make sure she wasn't losing any vital functions.

Rodgers was then chosen to participate in an experimental treatment. She has to wear a head wrap for 24-hours a day.

"It's supposed to send radio waves or something electrical to your brain that I can't feel, but it's supposed to keeping the tumors from growing," Driea said.

Rodgers has to reapply the bandages every two days to keep a good seal on her head.

First, she has to wash off the gel from the old bandage with baby shampoo. Then, her husband Steve shaves Driea's head to prevent any newly grown hair from affecting the radio waves.

He then rubs her head down with alcohol to treat any cuts and reapplies the new bandages to the appropriate places.

Steve said when he first started doing it, it was a challenge but he's gotten better at it.

"At first I thought this is going to be a nightmare, but it's gotten easy and if it makes her live longer I'll do it every hour on the hour if I had to," he said.

Driea said going through this process has made her very emotional, but encourages anyone who's dealing with brain cancer to continue living life.

"If you got cancer in the brain, don't let it shut you down," she said. "Still live your life because you can still do things."

Rodges has a GoFundMe account to help with medical bills.

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