May 24, 2012 - 10:50 am
I am new to this board, I stared on the kidney cancer board in late Feb, when my mother was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer. She has been following treatment guidelines for the kidney cancer and mets in lungs, spine and femur; but after my repeated concerns about her being confused they did an MRI and found lots of tiny mets in her brain. Due to the number and the lack of penetration by drugs to the brain, they are recommending whole brain radiation treatment. My mom is 70 and has been living with me over a month now, because they have her using a walker due to the bone mets in her femur. That is getting better now and working on switching to a cane - but also because initially she stopped eating after her kidney was removed. That is now fixed and she is eating better and getting calcium treatments to keep her levels down. But this brain radiation sounds horrible and not doing it sounds horrible - what are we REALLY looking at. The statistics don't help, I would like some input from people who have been through it or are caring for someone who has been through it. Our original goal was to get her back into her apartment by the end of the summer. Will she be able to live on her own after brain radiation? How long, really, before bad side effects start showing up? Anything you know and can share will be helpful. Thanks in advance!