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Posted by artemis on June 25, 2000 at 06:51:50:

In Reply to: question for artemis posted by diana on June 24, 2000 at 18:21:46:

Diana,
I'm glad to hear your mother is doing so well. And I certainly understand her hesitation about WBR. The treatment was not a problem-causes fatigue, but what doesn't with this disease. My husband's (55) biggest problem was dealing with the decadron they give for brain swelling from the radiation. In some people, it can cause sleeplessness, weight gain and aggressiveness. The aggressiveness became a problem for my husband. He was put on an anti-depressant, and that helped a great deal. I will not lie about the side effects. He has short-term memory loss. He doesn't always remember what I've told him, like when doctor's appts are and things like that. So far he drives and I haven't gotten calls as to him getting lost, so I think that's pretty good. But I firmly beleive that it has kept his brain mets in check, and for that we are grateful. I know someone who is 48 and a four-year survivor of SCLC. Instead of WBR, he had two rounds of chemo (don't know what kind) injected into his spinal fluid, because then it would reach the brain but not have the effects of the radiation. Maybe your Mom could ask the doctors about this. Best wishes to the both of you.

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