Posted by Jody
on November 12, 2000 at 17:42:01:
My brother-in-law was diagnosed with small cell cancer in January 2000. He had a small lesion in a bronchial tube. After chemo, it disappeared. He also had 3 teeny tumors in the brain which also disappeared after radiation. However, in July, he "went numb" from the chest down. He received radiation because some lesions were spotted on the spine. He is now in a wheelchair. He has gained back limited use of his left leg, although he cannot support himself to stand. He was getting physical therapy to strengthen the muscles, but it is on an "as needed" basis - the insurance company evaluates after 4 weeks. Now he has developed multiple tumors in the brain - and is being treated with radiation (AGAIN). He has the best attitude and is handling this so well. It is so sad to watch this 46-year old active, energetic, hard-working man sit in his chair or bed all day long - besides being transported to radiation and taking steroids, chemo pills, going to weekly dr. visits and 3 weekly theraphy session. What's next for him...how much more can he handle...how do they determine when they won't give more radiation...so many unanswered questions!
Thanks for listening - my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you who are going through this terrible disease (and those caring for those with it)