Jul 08, 2013 - 10:37 pm
Hi everyone. My brother finished his last double digit radiation tx today! Yay, he is into single digits. So far he has lost about 35 lbs, has one mouth ulcer, lost the hair in the back of his neck, needs to use his tube and had to spend one day in the hospital because of constipation (not fun), but other than that, I think he is doing well. He did mention that he has a hyper sense of smell these days, and it can get rather sickening for him, I guess. That's one that I have never heard of on here before. The whole bout of constipation and the hospital visit sapped him of all energy, but he is rebounding again now. Hopefully the next few weeks will be equally as "kind" to him. I know it could be so much worse! I am visiting him again in the beginning of August
Can anyone tell me, please, at what point do they know if the treatment "worked"? He never had surgery. Will the tumor be gone at the end of 35 rads and his 3 chemos? Could it be gone now? At what point do they test for that?
Thank you for any insight you can give me.