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    Help:The treatment of brain metastases?

    Asked by xzx on Thursday, June 6, 2013

    Help:The treatment of brain metastases?

    My father recently has ataxia, dizziness, MRI examination revealed brain metastasis of lung cancer, squamous cell carcinoma of the lung is a gland, head 2.3 * 2.5 * 2.7 CM tumor, no other discomfort, want to ask for help, get advice, now is the choice Gamma Knife or palliative care it? thank you.

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      carm

      xzx,
      I am an oncology/end of life nurse and perhaps I might be able to answer your question. So Gamma Knife is referred to a SRS or stereotactic Radio Surgery. It is a very focused radiation that is used on tumors that are spherical or like a ball, that are 2.5 cm or less in size and used on a tumor that is not touching a vital/sensitive nerve like an optic nerve or a hearing nerve. Now palliative care is chemo or radiation or a surgical procedure used to extend a life but not with the goal of cure but the goal of life extension. Knowing this, the chemo might be once or twice and the radiation as well because you only need enough to bring quality back and reduce the burden but not enough to reduce it all the way to remission. A surgery might be recommended to debulk a tumor if it is pressing on a vital organ or interfering with a daily activity like pressing on a bowel and causing a blockage. I think the choice is one that will better suit your goals but only you have to decide. If you have any questions then you know where to reach me. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
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      CAS1

      There are many many people with Brain mets from LC who have them zapped with gamma knife and live cancer free for years.

      over 3 years ago
    • xzx's Avatar
      xzx

      My father has done a Gamma Knife surgery, the symptoms have some relief. Thank you.

      over 3 years ago

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