• metastatic brain cancer treatment

    Asked by l1barb on Saturday, December 29, 2012

    metastatic brain cancer treatment

    Is the face swelling dangerous. Visited my mom and was shocked to see how swollen her face was.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar

      I1barb, I am an oncology/end of life nurse and sometimes that facial swelling is the result of a steroid and not from the disease. With brain tumors or cancers it is common to see a steroid being used to stave off the growth, and steroids at high doses on occasion so that which you describe is a common feature. That being said, it is best to alert her care team to anything you might feel suspicious or out of the ordinary. This way they could put your mind at ease or at least, become aware of any changes and correct accordingly. Best of luck, Carm.

      over 4 years ago
    • l1barb's Avatar

      Thank you Carm,
      We are having a difficult time receiving a call back from the Cancer Center. We left 3 messages over the course of the last week and no response.
      My mom is 80 is on the steroid to reduce swelling on her brain (metastatic colon cancer), she then had cyber knife radiation treatment 3 weeks ago. She is still on the steroid. Will the chipmunk cheeks will reduce as her meds are reduced?

      over 4 years ago

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