Karen Posted July 24, 2003 Share Posted July 24, 2003 Hi, I visited this site last week, and was so uplifted by the support I saw going on. I was supposed to be researching the side effects of lung radiation treatment for my father-in-law but deep down I thought that the symptoms he was having might mean the cancer had come back and spread to his brain. Sure enough, the next day, we got the news that my father-in-law's cancer was back in the brain, the thoracic spine and the left adrenal gland. He had undergone treatment for SCLC and seemed to be victorious, but he was unable to do the brain radiation treatments that the oncologist had recommended. (The SCLC tends to go there next and prognosis is not good when it does from the research I've done so he was going to try it at first.) He had an anxiety attack when they were doing the preparatory work for it and just decided he couldn't deal with the "mask" he had to have strapped over his face. He is a real tough Charles Bronson type of guy, so we were a bit surprised. He also was worried about what the radiation would do to the brain because the radiation on his lung certainly had some side effects. He shared this decision with us on Father's Day, about a month after having CT scans clear of cancer signs, so we were hoping for some good months. Then he started having muscle spasms in his hand and chest as well as numbness and balance issues with one side of his body. He immediately went in for radiation treatment to the brain after discussing all the CT scan results with the oncologist and will continue those until July 31. My mother-in-law and his 3 sons, my husband included, are having the toughest time dealing with this. I, along with my sisters-in-law have researched quite a bit and seem to find the info a little easier to swallow because of the information we have read led us to possibly expect this. Any advice anyone can give me, or any time frames for others who have dealt with SCLC spreading to the brain and other areas would be great. I am trying to feed my mother-in-law small moments of hope and happiness. She seems to be zeroed in on the "3 months left w/o radiation" time frame. She is the one who is there all the time supporting him and I know she needs to be supported as well. Thankfully the steroid medication they have him on now is helping some with the brain swelling that has caused the numbing and off balance issues. I know they can't keep him on it long though. Does anyone have any experiences like this that I can draw from and share with my in-laws? Thanks so much. God bless~ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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