... all the prayers, doctors etc... she had a complete response to her chemo & radiation in 2009 and she was very blessed to have lived almost 3 years with no problems. however in December 2011 this terrible stuff came back :( she is now recieving the exact same chemo that she did so well with in 2009 but after her second treatment session she began having different pain. after the cat scan to see what was going on her dr informed us that it had spread to both lungs, lymph nodes, liver and her bones. She has been getting the bone shot after her chemo sessions but within the past 2 weeks she has had severe personality changes and isnt acting herself... she also has been vomiting 3 or more times everyday for the past 4 days? help me please in trying to figure out whats going on... oh and yesterday her blood count was way off... this has never happened to her since she was first diagnosed
Cancer is a terrible disease. About 11 years ago my Mother died from non small cell lung cancer within 5 months of the time she was diagnosed. It was already stage 4 with my Mother, and there was no chemo nor any other treatments that might help. They did use radiation to try and shrink a tumor in one lung, and that damaged her heart. Then the cancer spread to the brain. They said it could cause her to have a stroke, so she panicked, and I allowed them to use radiation on her brain. That was a mistake. It damaged her brain and she lost all use of her legs. After that she started going semi comatose. I had such fights with the medical profession it was terrible. And usually I respect the medical profession.
With what you said with your Mother it sounds like it spread to her brain. I have 2 cousins that are Oncology nurses and they explained to me that each form of cancer has it's usual places where it spreads to. Of course any cancer can spread to any where, or not spread to that place, but lung cancer is known to spread to the brain. And since you said she's having severe personality changes, I would think it's in her brain. If it is, and they want to use radiation to try and shrink it, all I can say is think long and hard about that. It seems any place they use radiation is going to damage the surrounding tissue. And when they damage the brain, anything can happen. You, your Mother, and the family will soon have to make some tough decisions. I know this as I speak from experience. My heart goes out for you and I will say a prayer for you and your Mom. There isn't anything else I can do.
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