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trish_atkins
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My step-mom, 46, was diagnosed last week with her 4th cancer. The first, breast cancer, was found and treated successfully in the 90's. Last summer, doctors found endimetrial cancer and radiated sucessfully. December 2003, the cancer was found once again, this time in her lung. After going through months of chemo we thought we were finally "in the clear" but on monday they discovered a tumor on the left frontal lobe of her brain. They started whole brain radiation the next day. My dad has been the one dealing mostly with the doctors so i don't know what questions he's asked, but i'm unclear of survival rates...when we should see changes in her (she has severe memory loss, ability to think clearly, vision issues, and many other things). The tumor is inoperable but from what they've told me (my parents) they are hopeful that "all will be well". Are they being naive?

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nanc721
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Joined: Oct 2003

Trish, sorry to hear of all that your step-mom has been through. To answer your question, it all depends on the TYPE of brain cancer....is it a primary brain cancer (originating in the brain), or is it metastasis from one of the previous cancers. Also, if it is a primary brain ca, what stage is it? These are questions you need to ask in order to get an accurate assessment of what you are up against. Wish I could help more, but without knowing these things, I really can't.

Gotkidz
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Joined: Dec 2004

Nanc721. Do you know what the survivor rate is for someone who has brain cancer that has matastasis from the lungs? My mom has massive tumors in her brain & results are showing that it originated in lungs->liver->spine->brain.

Trish: I know what you are going through and hoping for the best for you & your family.

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nanc721
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No, I am sorry...I do not know...

trish_atkins
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The cancer is a metastasis from her endimetrial cancer (she also had lung mets). I am told from the doctors that all cancers that metastisize are stage 4.

astra
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Joined: Dec 2004

what are the effects of radiation on a brain tumor in the pons. this is a recurring brain tumor after 12 years.

itsallgood
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Hi I am a fighter of astrocytomas I now have my 3rd I am 29 I had my first removed at 19 my 2nd at 18 and I had a biopsy on ny 3rd at 26. I am doing well and i figure and always have hey I'm alive I can hear see, walk have thhe sensation of touch and can speak I am lucky. So if u look at life like this you'll be fine and doctors only hurt to make u better. This seems a pretty cool site look forward to chatting

itsallgood
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Hi I am a fighter of astrocytomas I now have my 3rd I am 29 I had my first removed at 14 my 2nd at 18 and I had a biopsy on ny 3rd at 26. I am doing well and i figure and always have hey I'm alive I can hear see, walk have thhe sensation of touch and can speak I am lucky. So if u look at life like this you'll be fine and doctors only hurt to make u better. This seems a pretty cool site look forward to chatting

itsallgood
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I made a mistake with my first posting here it is fixed Hi I am a fighter of astrocytomas I now have my 3rd I am 29 I had my first removed at 14 my 2nd at 18 and I had a biopsy on ny 3rd at 26. I am doing well and i figure and always have hey I'm alive I can hear see, walk have thhe sensation of touch and can speak I am lucky. So if u look at life like this you'll be fine and doctors only hurt to make u better. This seems a pretty cool site look forward to chatting

Tscott
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Joined: Jan 2005

hello it's all good, I too had an astrocytoma. It's been a while sense I had cancer. I've changed my lifestyle habits. I was a vegetarian before for seven years. So it was easy for me to remain a vegetarian I am also doing some alternative therapy.I'm using the rife beam ray ozone therapy and antioxidant therapy with a few other supplements. I practiced yoga daily and Meditation. Specifically mantra meditation. It relieves me from any fear that I might experience and anxiety about leaving my body. Even though the cancer has not returned still I must prepare myself because it is inevitable. Eventually I will leave so now is the time to prepare. This is called death before death. If I die before I die than I can really live in the truest sense. Without fear and anxiety.
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