Stage iv Lung Cancer, Brain Mets, Wbr Effects and Survival Info Please.

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Stage iv Lung Cancer, Brain Mets, Wbr Effects and Survival Info Please.

by Janny on Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:00 AM

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My mom was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer with brain mets in January. Gamma knife was not an option and she had whole brain radiation, which ended two weeks ago. She has come to live with me. When we took her for the counciltation for chemo, they said she is too weak right now for chemo and that they may try a pill if her strength improves. They took her off the steroids and she took her last 1/2 tablet yesterday. She is currently dehydrated, her confussion is worse than ever. She has difficulty at times following the simplest of instructions. (When I ask her to put her hand on the walker she may touch it and then take her hand back)She is weaker than ever also. I know some strength will return as she gets more fluids going, but each set back pushes back her oppertunities for treatment. She is 75. Has anyonr been here? what can we expect?

Stageiv Lung Cancer Brain Mets,etc

by Go2girl on Thu Feb 23, 2006 12:00 AM

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i have been through a similar experience with my 81 year old mother. she was diagnosed a year ago with stage IV breast cancer w/brain and bone mets.the radiation is very tough on them.the main advice i would give you is to keep in touch with the doctor and talk about these symptoms, because there are things that can help with these side effects of radiation.you have to buckle up for a long trip between the treatments and their side effects, there will be lots of changes. try to keep her hydrated by whatever means possible. my mom got hooked on popsicles.try not to be in a rush to get her treated, just follow the recommended course. you can see that she is too weak for more drugs now, so just try to hang in there and go with the flow. take each day one at a time. i know its hard , i'm still doing it myself.
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