Guest NowakowDA Posted June 13, 2004 Share Posted June 13, 2004 Mom goes this Wednesday to see the radiation oncologist at the UNM Cancer Center (Dr. Gene Wong). The medical oncologist (Dr. Rabinowitz) said she has two tumors in her right lung. A large one and a much smaller one. Right now, Dr Rabinowitz said he is worried about the large tumor. He said it is partially obstructing one of her airways in the right lung. He said that this partial obstruction needs to be relieved. The doctor said the best way to do this is with radiation. He said that Dr. Wong will lay out a course of radiation treatment for Mom. He said that Dr. Wong will also order an MRI of her brain and a PET scan to make sure that the cancer has not spread. Dr. Rabinowitz said that when Dr Wong has shrunk the large tumor that he (Dr. Rabinowitz) wants to re-evaluate Mom's condition. He said that he wants to perform some more Pulmonary function tests on her. Dr. Rabinowitz said that if Mom regained enough pulmonary function in her right lung that she might not need any more oxygen. Dr. Mehran (the surgeon) also wants to re-evaluate Mom after treatment to see if her pulmonary function has increased enough to make her a good candidate for surgery. My question is this. Mom is 79, birthday this month. She has no outward sign or symptom or anything to suggest that she has cancer. She does tire easy and sometimes gets a little confused. She has no problem sleeping or eating. I am worried how well she will handle the radiation. Dr. Rabinowitz said the most common side effect is fatigue, but there are other side effects that she can develop. Anyone out there who has or had a loved one go through radiation treatment, I would like to hear from you about your experiences. Don Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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