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Posted by Amy on October 30, 2000 at 21:04:58:

In Reply to: Re: Effects of Radiation? posted by Lisa on October 29, 2000 at 22:05:24:

: : : Hello. My mother recently had a metastastic (sp?) brain tumor removed. She's been surviving lung cancer for just over a year now. She's got to have light doses of radiation now. Could anyone share with me what kind of side effects she might experience? Thanks!

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: : Amy, if the radiation is to the head and neck, as I am having, expect dry mouth, swollen vocal chords, no taste, sore throat and fatigue.

: Amy- What type of lung cancer did your mom have-small cell or non-small cell? I was curious because my mother was diagnosed with small cell in July and is currently taking chemo and radiation. The doctors are suggesting PCI at the end of her treatments because they say that women have a high chance of the cancer spreading to the brain. She is not sure whether or not to take these extra radiation treatments. What type of treatments did your mom have for her lung cancer?I wish her the best of luck!

Lisa: She has non-small cell lung cancer. She went through eight sessions of chemo. They gave her Taxol, along with other meds, not sure which. The IV drip always took at least three hours to administer each time. She's gone six months now without chemo treatments. The brain tumor came out of the blue, striking seemingly quickly. It was removed a week ago today. Going to start radiation soon and she was nervous about the side effects. Her lung cancer was diagnosed in September '99 and was advanced and aggressive. Her chemo treatment was amazing successful to keep it at bay this long, was only given 3 months, tops, at the time of diagnosis. Hope your mom does well. Things like this are so tough on everyone. Thanks for responding!

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