Jan 16, 2011 - 1:08 pm
My loved one had whole brain radiation following surgery to remove a metastatic tumor. (She had breast cancer that spread to her brain and lungs) She is two years post radiation and is now having cognitive problems.
She has a lot of short term memory problems and even some dementia now. She has done some really strange things and seems to be getting worse very quickly.
Is anyone else going through this?
When we first found out that the cancer had spread, we figured we needed to do everything they said to have the best out come. To be honest I don't remember anyone telling us about these possible side effects.(We heard about the short term effects, but not these longer ones) Now I'm starting to see more information and studies that say WBR causes these side effects in people. One website said "Reports of development of severe radiation induced dementia have varied between 11% in one-year survivors to 50% in those surviving two years."
Is there anything we can do? Our doctor says to just try to stay mentally active, but are there any other resources anyone is familiar with?