Non-small cell lung cancer, stage IV with brain tumors

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Non-small cell lung cancer, stage IV with brain tumors

by Peggy_B_2 on Sat Nov 01, 2003 12:00 AM

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I would like to know if anyone has, or knows anyone who has, non-small cell lung cancer with metastases to the brain who has survived a year or more. It will be a year the first of December when my 48 yr. old son had a large tumor removed from his brain and radiation on others. He has only had one round of 4 chemo infusions, several months ago. I was told the average length of survival is 8 months but my son is still doing pretty well, able to drive and even work on his old truck. He recently had radiation on his lung tumor, which had not been done before, and whole head radiation to his brain after some new tumors appeared in the brain. He had begun to have some arm seizures but steroids stopped that, so far. He will have an MRI and cat scan in a couple of weeks to see if the radiation helped. He feels pretty good most days, eats enough and looks for things to keep him busy, though he has had a lot of trouble with his feet. I recently got him some IP-6 and he takes vitamins. I read from message boards where this really helped. I am hoping and praying he will feel, at least relatively, good through the winter. He has had weeks of not feeling like leaving his room and his feet swelling so that he couldn't even get socks on them, though they are better. Just wondering if anyone has survived longer than a year. I'll only pass on to my son any good news, if any, and I know that probability is slim. (He is divorced and lives with me). Thanks, Peggy

Non Small Cell With Brain and Lung Cancer

by Lynetteb on Fri Jun 25, 2004 12:00 AM

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Peggy, I have a family member with lung cancer that has metastasized to his brain, he is 57 years old...he's had radation on brain 2 months ago. Doctors say that now they can only treat symtems, also he has shingles on his head and eye. They gave him 6 moths to live. It sounds like your son is doing better than thought, I will send this to my family member. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with or any news you might get. God bless you and your son. Please excuse my spelling... Sincerly, Lynette

Non-small Cell Stage iv

by Janet_F_1 on Tue Sep 07, 2004 12:00 AM

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My 51 yr old husband was diagnosed with Stage IV non-small cell with brain mets in February 2003; had whole brain radiation; then chemo; then radiation to his lung. He has had no treatment since September 2003; He looks and feels wonderful! Has had a VERY positive attitude from day one. Stays busy keeping house and doing the yard work. So it's been 19 months which is very good news since the drs estimated 3 months! Janet F.

Lung Cancer With Brain Mets

by Stephanief on Thu Jul 21, 2005 12:00 AM

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My mom was treated for non-small cell carcimina with surgery and radiation in 2001. All seemed well up until last year when my sister died of breast cancer. I do believe the stress associated with that spurred on a reoccurence. My mom just had brain surgery for brain mets and the doctor now wants to treat her agressively with radiation and chemo. She is a tiny woman and very weak and I am frightened. I have avoided the issue of survival rates with the doctor as I do not want to take away her hope. Anyone have any thoughts they care to share? This is all very difficult for me. WHen my sister's breast cancer came back, she opted for alternative meds, which were the equivilant of non treatment. The cancer ate right through her body. I am so worried about my mother suffering through these treatments and still losing her battle, but I do not see any alternative. At the very least, please keep our family in your prayers and thank you for listening.

Lung Cancer With Mets to The Brain

by Genell on Fri Aug 26, 2005 12:00 AM

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I have never experienced anything like this before. My mother 76 was diagnosed with lung cancer in June of 2004. She had a lobectomy and 1/3 of her lung was removed. Afterward she had a whole body Pet scan and no cancer was to be found anywhere in her body. Treatments were not necessary. She healed very well and was doing very well for 8 months. She started getting severe headaches and nothing seemed to help. She had been experiencing memory loss. She was taken in and the doctor ordered a MRI of her head. It was discovered that she had 2 tumors on her brain. Immediately she was ordered to begin radiation. She underwent 15 treatments of radiation. She was a trooper. Her attitude was that she had a lot of living to do. She was a very active person, gardening, cooking and had all of her kids and grandkids spoiled. My dad has always leaned on her for everything. The last couple of treatments, she began feeling real weak. She was dehydrating. We took her to the hospital and was admitted on June 12. It was down hill from there. After 20 days, she was released to go home on Hospice. We still did not believe that she was dying. By the time we got her home, she never felt that she was home. She kept talking to her loved ones that had gone on before. She recognized us but she felt that she was not home. She went home on July 28, 2005. This was hard for us, but now I look back and I say that she is better off where she is. My dad is the one who needs all our support. We need to uplift him because his whole life was her. They were together 62 years. My dad is a commercial fisherman and that enabled them to do everything together. We were a low income family with many luxuries missing but we had nothing missing when it came to love and provisions. God has blessed us in many ways. Our memories will live on and our dad will try very hard to live the rest of his life the best that he can. We will help him and one day we will meet our loved on the other side. Oh!! My My God Bless all of you who are carrying a cross
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