Nov 23, 2004 - 9:19 am
My mother-in-law has just completed whole brain radiation to treat non-small cell adenocarcinoma lung cancer that mets to the brain. I think we're at an all-time low right now. She hasn't bounced back from the radiation at all. She requires constant care, cannot feed herself or perform even basic functions without assistance. We are all afraid she won't come back. I can see her in there at times, but so much of the time she is barely conscious. I was so hopeful that we would get her back to spend awhile with us before her time comes. The doctors think she should have started improving by now, so they now say 6 months at the most. I can't see her lasting that long if she doesn't improve at all. She has withdrawn from us, she's angry that we looked into home health for her. It is so hard. She has always been a vibrant, wonderful person. To see her like this is so hard.
Does anyone know about the effects of whole brain radiation? Is it even possible that we'll see any improvement? Or will she be left like this until the end? I know no one knows for sure, but if there is anyone out there that has survived this, I'd sure like to know. I feel like giving up. I think we all know she is dying. I love her & can't let her go.