Brain "spots" following lung cancer

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Brain "spots" following lung cancer

by Marko999 on Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hi,

 My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer last October and received chemo treatment for 3 months.  Recent tests show that this had little effect and the doctors were suggesting Radium treatment.  However, over the past 2/3 weeks, he has been getting confused and clumsy (his own words) and last week it came to a head and he went to hospital for a brain scan. He has been told that he has 3 "spots" on the brain.

Could anyone elighten me as to what this means.  I am very much a realist and appreciate information.  I have a feeling that we are entering a final chapter but would like to hear some more qualified or experienced opinions.

Dad is 62

RE: Brain "spots" following lung cancer

by Oncrx on Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:00 AM

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Brain mets are fairly common in advanced lung cancer.  This is his lung cancer spreading to the brain.  Treatment options include surgery, radiation or chemo.  It is a sign of advanced disease and the prognosis isnt good, but dont give up.   Have your docs discussed options with you?

RE: Brain "spots" following lung cancer

by Marko999 on Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:00 AM

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Thanks for your reply. My gut feeling is that this is an advanced stage.  he runs his own small post office and shop and so is active so it is difficult to assess how bad he is. He was given steroids last week once they diagnosed the spots on the brain and these certainly have worked at curing the symptoms.

Without seeming too blunt, I have a few raw questions:

Should we expect him to lose his faculties?

Will he die in pain? (I know it's an odd question but I'd appreciate the answer)

Are we looking at weeks rather than months?

I know that any answers given are merely an opinion but I feel that I will be far better able to assist once I know what is ahead.

Thank you so much.

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by Thepowerofhope on Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:00 AM

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My father was diagnosed with lung cancer in Aug 05.  It was the symptoms caused by the brain mets that eventually led us to find out that the cancer in the brain came from the lung.  He is still alive today and has a very good quality of life.  He had full head radiation ...and tolerated it very well.  My father has always been very active and has had his ups and downs since the diagnosis but he is fighting a good fight and as I said he has a very good quality of life.  Do not give up hope.... I hope I have helped

RE: Brain "spots" following lung cancer

by Marko999 on Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:00 AM

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Wow.

Thank you for such a positive reply.  I don't wish and hope for miracles but I just hope that he will get some time where he is feeling positive and can enjoy some of the simple things in life.

Dad is extremely active and the cancer is a nothing more than a nuisance for him.  His lung cancer was discoverd by accident - he thought he had a broken rib after a fall and the xray showed the lung cancer when he wasn't even bothered by it at all.  He was immediately referred for Chemo but the scan after 3 months showed no success.  he has been offered radium treatment and i guess reading your reply, it is well worth a go!

Thanks again for the positive response.

RE: Brain "spots" following lung cancer

by Pass4pets on Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:00 AM

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My husband was pretty much diagnois the same way  lung then 3 months later the brain......4 spots.   they did full brain rad.   then i took him to georgetown lombardi cancer center and they did gamma knife which completely removed all spots,  he has been cancer free from the brain for a year now.......please look into the cyber knife     high dose rad.  no surgery........its amazing.....good luck keep the faith 

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by Praz2him on Thu Mar 01, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hell'o, I too have had a brain tumor caused by lung cancer which,in turn,was caused by my kidney cancer. I was diagnoised with RCC ( renal cell carcinoma) in May of 2002. They found a baseball sized tumor and removed my kidney. In Oct. 2003 they discovered spots on my lungs. A biopsy showed I had cancer now in both lungs. I went into the ICU for interleukin treatments. While this didn't cure the cancer it did stop it's growth. On Good Friday of 2005 I started getting dizzy while at Church. They took me to the nearest ER where they did a brain scan. They found a small tumor on my cerebellum. This was caused by the RCC that had spread from kidney to lung to my brain. I too had the gamaknife surgery. They removed the tumor and I was up and out of the hospital in two days. I had 25 radiation treatments to my head. In May 2006 my lung tumors started to grow again. My Oncologist put me on a drug called SUTENT. Three months later my lungs showed an 80% improvement. I had a brain scan last month and it was all clear. While i am no athlete I do stay active.I go hunting with my sons. Do mission trips with my Church as well as volunteer work. I am also involved with the youth group. I am going to Mississippi in June for a week to help rebuild homes that were destroyed by Katrina.I have friends praying for me constantly. I believe I have had this cancer to show others that it can be used for good. To show you can  beat this disease and also still ebjoy life. My Faith remains strong.Just last week GOD moved in my life in a very powerful way to show me HE is still with me.I will be praying for your Dad. My GOD bless you both. May HE make HIS face to shine upon you both.
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