Jan 13, 2012 - 1:00 pm
I am really looking for info from people who have had similar experiences and hoping to gain insight that cannot be found on a "medical" website or from the doctors we are forced to deal with. My grandmother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in May of 2011. Since that time, she went through Chemo and Radiation successfully until the last "triple dose" chemo sessions that nearly killed her. She had her last treatments in October. She had a her entire right lung removed and they were supposedly keeping an eye on a smaller node in her left lung. She began to get stronger, breathing was getting better, but she had a lingering cough. The doctors put her on a steroid that she took for a few weeks. Her last day on the steroids was Christmas day of 2011. The next day she began to decline rapidly. By New Year's weekend she was in the hospital. They told us that the cancer had moved into her brain and she now had three tumors. They were providing pallative care and were giving us several different prognosis but no one seemed to know anything for sure and they were treating her as though she was a goner for sure. After four days of doctors and nurses who had their heads up their rears, they finally told us they were going to do something. They decided to put her through another radiation gauntlet. Full brain radiation. She is already having cognitive difficulties and I am afraid of the horrendous side effects produced by full brain radiation, both acute and future. Does anyone have any experiences they can share with me? I am just not sure what to expect and I want to be there for her as much as possible and be able to give her knowledge so that she, too, will know what to expect. The doctors are of no help whatsoever so I am turning to a like-minded community for help. Thanks in advance.