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"Sugar-Coating" of the Brain???

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My father was diagnosed with cancer a couple months ago after he broke his arm while moving into his new home. The accident was actually a blessing, as this caused the doctors to find the cancer. Without going into the whole story, I just found out today that my father has what he explained as a "sugar-coating" of the brain. He couldn't talk anymore over the phone (he lives almost six hours away) because the tears were too much for him to speak. I never found out what that meant exactly. He basically said that it's very bad and his mind will start deteriorating rapidly from this point forward. Can anybody shed some light on this for me? I'm assuming that the cancer has spread to his brain, but he told me that there were no tumors in his MRI. I'm taking my siblings up to see him this coming weekend, but would like to have a better idea of what we're dealing with before I go. My three siblings (one sister, two brothers) are all mentally-challenged and this is all hard enough to explain to them even when I do understand what's going on. We're still pretty young, as our ages range from 16-25. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

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Hi, I really don't know anything about what sugar coating of the brain means. I was thinking maybe you could call his doctor and let him/her know who you are and how important it is to all of you to know what exactly your father is dealing with so you can understand the bottom line. If he/she won't do that because of patient confidentiality ask them to at least give you a resource to read that explains sugar coating of the brain. I was wondering if the inernet has anything you could pull from. My heart goes out to your father and to all of you. I will keep you in my prayers.

I had a bone scan that shows 2 spots on my brain. I got the results of the MRI from my doctor yesterday and was told it is not cancer.. I got lucky and I am greatful to say the least. I still have the spine and pelvic studies to go. I know how scary this is in the first stages. It was a shock for my children when I told them I had brest cancer. I didn't want to tell them but I had to. They all live in other states. I waited until I had the diagnosis. I am doing the same this time. I will let them know when all the test are in. My daughter just had a baby and I did not want to steel her joy and have her go into post partum blues. It has not even been a year since my treatment. You just take it one day at a time. I know you will be a great support for your father. He is in shock right now and scared. I would be too. It's funny how one day you wake up and your whole life changes and you are on another path. I want you to know I would not want cancer again of course, but it was a spiritual experience I will never forget. Take care

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Quick Update-
While the cancer hasn't infected my dad's brain, it has infected the membranes surrounding it. This forms a sort of glaze over the brain, which is why the doctor referred to it as a sugar-coating/glazing of the brain. Should know more soon. When I do, I will post...

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