Jan 10, 2013 - 1:39 pm
My poor Mother. Stage 4 adenocarcinoma of the lung which has metastasized to the brain. Lung spot was caught early and successfully treated with stereotactic radiation, but not before it metastasized to the brain. Initial brain spots were treated with stereotactic radiation, but recent MRI shows more spots have appeared. Doctors recommend WBRT -- NOT to cure it -- but to extend her life perhaps 2-3 more years. She is 86, very healthy, but frail at 93 pounds. Currently she is doing so well -- independent -- driving -- FINALLY having recovered from 6 months down with the stereotactic treatment to the brain which was very hard on her (the steriods/dilantin/being so tired). If we knock her down AGAIN with WBRT, will we ever get her back? I hear WBRT can be very hard with lots of severe side effects.
Decision time and I need help. Does WBRT work? Will she have quality of life after WBRT? It is not a cure -- is it worth it? Is she better off to just live as long as she can feeling good and doing well? Either way, I realize she is dying, but HELP -- will WBRT help? Should we -- shouldn't we? I am so confused?
I need to hear from you please -- anyone who has been through this? What did you do? What do you wish you had done?
And thank you for your time -- I'm grateful!