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reaction to radiation

jennajenjensue
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Joined: Feb 2004

My dad has gliablastoma multiforme diagnosed in December. He had most removed. he only has 10 radiation sessions left, and he is really bad. He is worse off now than before surgery. Short term memory is gone. He cannot read or write, and his coordiantion for eating is gone also. He has been reduced to eating over the sink. Is this a normal reaction? I think the doctor is sugarcoating everything by saying it is normal because before he started any treatment we were not warned about any of this. Please let me know any personal experiences with radiation.

jennajenjensue
Posts: 7
Joined: Feb 2004

i think we will seek a second oppinion. Thanks for letting me know about your experience. Dad and I both feel the doctor is just feeding us lines.

daughter15
Posts: 3
Joined: Mar 2004

My dad had the same reaction to radiation when he went through it. He could hardly speak and he always stuttered. Now, I can tell that your dad's condition is much worse than my father's was but maybe his technique will work for your dad. You see, after surgery my dad went through so much chemo and radiation that he couldn't ever finish his sentences, he had to have help going to the bathroom, and he was reduced down to using a wheelchair. He was like that for a while until we started eating health food. With what the radiation was doing to his cancer and with the help of his health food, he slowly regained his strength, started using a cane, and even started singing again(it was something he loved to do). I don't know if my advice will help you or not but anything is worth trying.

jennajenjensue
Posts: 7
Joined: Feb 2004

thanks for the encouragement. We are changing his diet to a more healthier one so maybe that will help. Is there anything imparticular that you changed. We are willing to try anything.

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