Jan 09, 2012 - 1:17 pm
Hello everyone. I’m new to this site and need some guidance if you can help. My mother is 65 and was diagnosed with small cell bladder cancer. From what I understand small cell is usually found in the lungs and is rare in the bladder. She’s been through chemo since August and began radiation partway through her chemo so they used the combination of the two for treatment.
She’s nearly finished with her bladder radiation treatments and now the radiation oncologist is recommending preventative brain radiation like they do for lung cancer patients. The scans never proved the cancer left the bladder but the doctor is talking about “one or two cells” that might have escaped and might later cause a brain tumor. Has anyone here had the brain radiation because my mother is really apprehensive about it.
First she’s scared of memory loss. Then she’s afraid the radiation will change her personality or have significant balance issues. I’m trying to gather as many experiences as possible so she can make a better decision when the time comes.
We really need input from people who have either had PCI or know someone who did. We appreciate your help so very much!