Claudibird Posted January 9, 2009 Share Posted January 9, 2009 My 58 year old mother was diagnosed on Sat Jan 3, 2009 with NSC LC that has spread to the brain. She has 5 lesions total on her brain, with one on her brain stem. She has many neurological symptoms, as would be expected. She started steroids, and has received 2 of her scheduled 14 whole brain radiation txs. The steroids have helped with her confusion and headaches, and I am hopeful that the radiation will also. The Dr doesn't want to give us any type of time frame, and I guess that she really can't, although everything I've read appears to indicate months. Mom wants to have chemo as soon as the radiation is done, but I don't think she truly understands that this will not "cure" her. On top of that she has a pre-existing condition of several bad teeth (10) which the oncologist said should be removed prior to chemo. I'm not really sure what my question is, because my heart is so heavy with misery right now, that it is difficult to think straight. I guess I want to know other people's experiences and if they thought the chemo was a good decision for their loved ones and if it decreased their quality of life even though it extended it. If she has only a few months, should she be dealing with the pain of dental surgery, poss nausea/vomiting etc. or just be eating Snickers, and drinking Dr Peppers which she loves? I don't want to take hope away from her, but I can't bear the thought of her suffering any more than she already is. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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