• My dad has GBM grade 4 (61 years old) and is going to have Radiation and Chemotherapy at the same time what we should expect?

    Asked by Marisol25 on Friday, June 16, 2017

    My dad has GBM grade 4 (61 years old) and is going to have Radiation and Chemotherapy at the same time what we should expect?

    We fear the reaction that he will experience, how can we help him? What is normal what is not?

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    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Nothing, nada, zilch, zero is normal about cancer or the treatments used.

      Each person, like snowflakes, is an individual with individual reactions. Different drugs have people reacting differently. More people get tired from radiation but you would need to speak to someone who has had it directly to their head.

      Speak to the oncologist and to the radiologist for more information. If necessary, speak to more than one of either or each.

      What I can tell you, as a general assist, is to have your Dad's teeth checked out and any necessary work done prior to radiation commencing.

      Make sure thatvyour Dad stays hydrated and as well fed as possible.

      Best wishes.

      almost 3 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Those are questions best answered by his doctor, who is the expert and also has your dad's medical records. Best wishes.

      almost 3 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/scientists-studying-effect-of-ketogenic-diet-on-brain-cancer-1.2853439 Check this out and do some more research....Some people do very well with chemo and radiation.....Don't give up hope....

      almost 3 years ago
    • suzbri's Avatar
      suzbri

      I had chemo/pill and radiation 5 days a week for 6 weeks. Finished 6 months ago. Lost my hair in that area, however it growing back! The first four weeks - didn't feel a thing! Last two week of radiation was the worst: your brain swells and was put on a steroid for the pain. However, the pain lasted just a few days. He will be exhausted! Hope he can just sleep, up to 10 hours in the day and night.

      I would also recommend the Ketogenic diet - I believe sugar feeds cancer. No sugar, carbohydrates, pop (even diet), etc. I believe this has made a world of difference in rebounding and defeating "brain fog". Lots of alkalized water.

      My prayers are with you and your dad.

      almost 3 years ago
    • HVG's Avatar
      HVG

      My Dad was in the same position. He did the chemo/radiation regiment. He tolerated both well, but was tired. No one reacts exactly the same. My one suggestion is to find an oncologist that you, your dad and family can trust. We were very lucky to have a doctor in Columbus, IN that took good care of my dad. He lived almost 5 years from diagnosis. Praying for you in this journey.

      almost 3 years ago

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