Joppette Posted December 1, 2010 Share Posted December 1, 2010 Hi all, I just posted at Grace about this, but thought I'd put it out here too. Some of you know that I'm a lung cancer mentor at Gilda's Club in my town. Well, two weeks ago I was give the name of a woman my age (56) who was dx with SCLC with mets to the brain and lymph nodes. She went through chemo and radiation for the lymph nodes and lung. They said they were going to "watch" the brain mets for a while. She was dx in April this year. She had a CT scan of the brain, and the mets have tripled in size. They told her, that her only hope is "whole brain radiation". Now I don't know that term. My Mom had brain mets, and they did radiate her with very few side effects, but I don't know if that was whole brain or targeted radiation. I just can't remember. I do know they didn't tattoo her head like they did with my Dad with his brain cancer. So does that mean she had whole brain radiation? My friend says she wants quality of life over quantity. She says she's been told horror stories about whole brain radiation, and is not willing to get that. I'm honestly at a loss as to help her with this. I just can't remember. My Dad's was targeted, I know that from the tatoos on his head. I just don't know the other. If you have experience in this, I'd so appreciate hearing from you! It turns out this woman is married to a man that I went to grade and high school with! WE have lots of friends in common. We are getting together next week for tea. We've forged a deep friendship already in just a couple of weeks. Help if you can. Judy in MI Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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