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Posted by rosilita on June 19, 2000 at 09:25:49:

In Reply to: Questions regarding best friends very recent diagnosis posted by Allison on June 16, 2000 at 15:11:59:

: My best friends mom just became dizzy two weeks ago with blurred vision to find out that she had a brain tumor golfball size. They also found a lesion on her lung (heavy smoker) and also one on her liver. I know that it is not good when it gets to the liver. She began chemo yesterday. They will keep her on that for 18 weeks at 3 week increments. I just want to know what her chances are. My friend is extrememly optimistic. I dont blame her. However, I worry that it is worse than she thinks and I am concerned about her. Does anyone have any experience with this or do you know how long she has, statistics, does chemo usually work? I'm confused. Thanks for any input!
you didn't say what the primary cancer was. i assume it is lung, since you said they were a smoker. the prognosis depends on the type of cancer small cell or non small cell. if it is lung cancer it sounds like extensive small cell or stage 4 non small cell. there have been advances in both types and the prognosis depends upon the provider knowing the recent advances(best combonation of chemo agents, type of radiation, especially how they deal with the cancer in the brain. each case is different, and each cancer patient should feel optomistic. if they don't beleive in their heart they can beat it, they won't. if you give us more info on the primary type of cancer perhaps we can help more.

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