• unsure

    Asked by szbc on Saturday, November 17, 2018

    unsure

    I'm a 5 year survivor of tonsil cancer, I've now had 3 strokes in the last 3 months. I've seen 5 neurologists and they haven't been able to do anything yet. Now being referred to oncology, for what I can only guess that they suspect brain cancer. I'm going thru all kinds of thoughts and generally having a very hard time with all this. I knew the cancer could show up again, but hoped it would not. I watched a family member die of brain cancer, I don't want that.

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    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Sorry to hear of this. However, a series of small strokes is a long way from a relapse, or a completely different cancer. Do you have hypertension? Diabetes? Atherosclerosis? All can cause or contribute to strokes. It seems to me to be quite premature to worry you about another cancer. There are tests to be run that can identify or eliminate non-cancerous causes.

      28 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Have your doctors checked the blood flow in your carotid arteries since your radiation was over? I had a stroke too about 3 years ago from my right interior artery being fried by the radiation which restricted the blood flow causing me to have a TIA. Surely this has been done for you by now. What kind of tests have been done on you during this?

      27 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I'm very sorry for your health issues. No one said WHY they were referring you to the oncologist?

      I know quite a few people who have had tumors in their brain caused by lung cancer (it loves the brain). They have had radiation to those tumors and have done quite well with it.

      I hope that if they do discover that you have cancer in your brain that you will be as fortunate.

      Best of luck. Please let us know what you learn after you visit the oncologist. Is your appointment soon?

      27 days ago
    • szbc's Avatar
      szbc

      so far I have had 2 CT scans, 3 MRI's and an angiogram. The scans show blood leaking, they think from a vessel/artery junction. I haven't seen a doctor since the angiogram, just got a call scheduling me to see an oncologist.

      27 days ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      The oncology referral is probably to eliminate the possibility of a relapse. Doctors, for all their training, have very limited knowledge outside their area of expertise. As well, the medical groups they belong to may have a protocol which automatically refers cancer patients back to oncology - for CYA purposes if nothing else.

      27 days ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I have been in a Medical System where everyone consults with everyone else. This summer I had two bad falls resulting in two MRI And two referrals to the Brain Injury Clinic my Brain Injury team consulted with my oncologist to determine just how much damage to the brain chemo had done and how much damage the fall had done. What I am saying is it may not be your cancer it may be your cancer treatment that has caused some problems but that the treatment has.

      27 days ago
    • szbc's Avatar
      szbc

      Thank you all, maybe I am just letting my fears get the best of me. I sat beside a relative with brain cancer and that scares me.

      27 days ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Time to rein those wandering thoughts back in! Do you have a heart? The biggest threat to your life is beating in your chest! Do you drive? Each day in the US, 102 men, women and children lose their lives suddenly and without warning - in traffic collisions. Something to think about as you drive to your next appointment. Rather than worry about an unknown future, enjoy the life that you are blessed with right here and now. None of us possesses the future. We have only today, so why not try to enjoy it to the best of our ability?

      26 days ago
    • szbc's Avatar
      szbc

      wanted to update... went to appointment, got passed off from the oncologist specializing in brain tumors, to a hematologist. Checking clotting ability. worried for nothing. All good, results pending.

      4 days ago

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