Lung cancer that spread to brain

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Lung cancer that spread to brain

by dani1223 on Tue Aug 12, 2014 09:33 PM

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Hi everyone. My 66 yr old mother was diagnosed the end of June with Stage 4 adenocarcinoma that spread to her brain.  She has over 10 tumors in her lungs and over 25 in her brain.  The only symptoms she had was weight loss and a cough she thought was pneumonia.

My father died of stage 4 adenocarcinoma as well, but his never spread anywhere.  He was alive for 9 months after diagnosis.

She had WBRT for 3 weeks, and goes for her second round of chemo tomorrow.  She has been severely weak and fatigued, was hospitalized last week with a severe infection where she almost died.

My question to everyone:  Is it worth it for her to continue treatments or should we focus on quality?

her cancer marker was, at diagnosis a 78.  It is now down to 38.  I remember riding a crappy roller coaster ride when my dad was sick.  Not sure what to expect with her because she is so much sicker than my dad....any guidance will be greatly appreciated...

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by patriciaw on Wed Aug 13, 2014 09:27 PM

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On Aug 12, 2014 9:33 PM dani1223 wrote:

Hi everyone. My 66 yr old mother was diagnosed the end of June with Stage 4 adenocarcinoma that spread to her brain.  She has over 10 tumors in her lungs and over 25 in her brain.  The only symptoms she had was weight loss and a cough she thought was pneumonia.

My father died of stage 4 adenocarcinoma as well, but his never spread anywhere.  He was alive for 9 months after diagnosis.

She had WBRT for 3 weeks, and goes for her second round of chemo tomorrow.  She has been severely weak and fatigued, was hospitalized last week with a severe infection where she almost died.

My question to everyone:  Is it worth it for her to continue treatments or should we focus on quality?

her cancer marker was, at diagnosis a 78.  It is now down to 38.  I remember riding a crappy roller coaster ride when my dad was sick.  Not sure what to expect with her because she is so much sicker than my dad....any guidance will be greatly appreciated...

My heart goes out to the caregiver:

The only one that can answer that is the patient.  I went through brain cancer with my husband.  I always said to him that whatever he decided I would stand by him what ever he wanted to do. There is no right or wrong decision.  It is up to the individual.

My prayers are with you both

RE: Lung cancer that spread to brain

by murf99 on Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:24 PM

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I can not recommend Dr. Chue in Seattle (Lifespring Cancer Center) more strongly. I've met a stage IV lung cancer patient with many mets that he has been able to get cancer free. My wife started with him as a stage IV pancreatic cancer patient with a CA19-9 of 40,820 and today has a CA19-9 of 49 after 7 months of treatment. Good Luck.

murf_lef at firenza-llc dot com

Murf

RE: Lung cancer that spread to brain

by valwood on Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:42 PM

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by ladyofthegrove on Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:10 AM

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Hi.  
My father is currently was diagnosed in Feb with same he now has bone & brain mets. he began chemo (after a great sales pitch from the doctor) but became severely fatigued  & felt horrible so decided to stop. As a oncology & pall care nurse myself I was worried about risk of infection & subsequent side effects of chemo as i've seen people suffer from this many times & it become the start of their decline. As his main symptom is pain Dad has undergone radiotherapy for bone mets & now brain. He is also nauseated a fair bit of the time & starting to get confused. Easy to chat to still but getting stories back to front & taking a little more time to comprehend things. The medical team have him on super strong pain killers & a steroid to reduce inflammation (also has a good side effect of decreasing nausea & increase appetite) so he's bumping along ok at the moment.
I'm a big believer in quality of life & spending as much time comfortable with family & friends. Personally I find treatment is great if it helps relieve symptoms or theres a good curative chance/remission in initial stages. You need to discuss what your mother wants obviously but she also needs to be aware of all the options & possible outcomes good & bad to aid her decision. this wont necessarily help though if her brain mets are affecting her thought process. I hope things dont get too hard for you & you both enjoy your time together. Big hugs xx 

RE: Lung cancer that spread to brain

by JoanP71 on Sun Aug 17, 2014 01:32 AM

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Although she is very ill, the decision should be left up to her. As a cancer survivor, I know I would never want someone else to decide if I should live or die. As it turned out, I am alive and very thankful for that.

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