Posted by Judie Bartoszewicz
on June 01, 2000 at 11:37:38:
I have just come from the hospital from seeing my Mom (age 72) NSCLC Stage IV, from all the tests
that have been taking it seems that the tumor is growing around the heart, that is why she is having so
much trouble breathing. So between the lung cancer and heart both major organs affected. They will
begin radiation today, the radiologist said the first time is the longest because they have to get the
specs right and he said it would take about 1 hour laying down, after that she will receive for the next 2
weeks and it will only take about 5 minutes. He said you do not get results right away, but he was hoping
that by Friday night, they may be able to tell (something?) by listening to her breathing. I asked him if
this was a one shot deal and he said yes, as they can not continue to radiate the heart if the tumor were
to grow back. I guess I have couple of questions regarding this #1 - Has anyone gone through or known
someone who had a tumor growing around the heart and what was there outcome. #2 - For those of you
that have had radiation, does what was explained to me sound correct?
They also have told my Mom to remain in her bed as last night when she got up to go to the bathroom,
she had a dizzy spell and fell, hit her head and twisted her knees.
Thank you all in advance