Jul 17, 2005 - 2:03 am
2 weeks ago my 68 year old dad had surgery for removal of a brain tumor. Path. report indicates the tumor was a met. most likely originating from lung cancer. We have a CT/PET scheduled for 7-19. Friday we saw a radiologist who wants to begin whole brain radiation (just in case there are microscopic cells lingering) and is scheduled to start this Thursday. Currently, my dad is doing extremely well. He is back to daily 1 mi. walks, drives, eats well. He came through surgery w/ flying colors...no ill effects. It doesn't make sense to me to give him radiation which could make him feel ill or lose his memory before we even know what type or if it is definetely lung cancer. Wouldn't it make more sense to address the primary source of the cancer first? Additionally, I read quite a few sad stories where family members felt the treatment wasn't worth it because their loved ones quality of life was diminished. It is all so scary-especially since my dad is now so well. I thank you all very much for your sharing your stories and for your input here. God bless you.