Boy am I glad I found this site! My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer about a year and a half ago. She has had chemo and each visit and scan the tumors continue to shrink and no new growth.
Unfortunately last week she was sent for a brain MRI- for a totally different development and thank god- they found 8 lesions on her brain. She goes to Sloan Kettering and they told her these lesions are very small- the size of the tip of a pen.
My mother is 71 yrs old and is a fighter. She is still working part time and runs errands for my ill grandmother etc. She is amazing. I am in awe of her courage and strength. Today she starts her 1st whole brain radiation at Sloan Kettering in NJ. What can we expect? I am in upstate NY, my siblings in Colorado and my parents in NJ. She was told she may lose her memory and will definitely lose her hair. She is more concerned with losing her memory. Does anyone know will these lesions react to the radiation well? She was told she will have between 11-15 treatments. The doctor at Sloan opted for whole brain radiation. This past July she had micro vascular decompression surgery from Trigeminal Neuralgia and did wonderfully with that surgery. Any help or advice is appreciated. Are these considered relatively small? She is a fighter and said she has her gloves on and ready to fight.