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    How are you doing these days? I have radiation pneumonitis now myself--treated w/inhalers, steroids, & antibiotics for possible infection--thankfully now I'm just on the inhalers. Getting better but still short of breath. PCI next month.

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      I am sorry you have developed pneumonitis, mine finally cleared a couple of weeks ago. The side effects of prednisone are still causing a number of problems. Hoping in a few weeks I can start feeling more like myself. I just have not been able to reduce the dosage without complications. Sending you prayers and Good Luck!

      about 4 years ago
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    Marmalady asked a questionLung Cancer

    PCI scares me, tho I am more scared of not getting it. Moral support? Also, husband's prostate cancer (stage 4) not responding as hoped.

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      What is PCI?

      about 4 years ago
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      PCI means prophylactic cranial irradiation, radiation to the brain after the small cell lung cancer is in remission. It is done to prevent a brain tumor--bc small cell LC loves to go to the brain. Already had chest radiation for tumors there and 4 rounds of chemo. I am in remission, but radiation was to chest & chemo doesn't cross blood/brain barrier. So, this is strictly a preventative measure, and it can have nasty side effects. However, w/o it my chances are much higher for a brain tumor.
      My faith has sustained me--but research on my cancer, and my husband's cancer--has temporarily thrown me for a loop.

      about 4 years ago
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      PCI - Prophylactic Cranial Irradiation involves doing radiation to the brain to the brain as a preventative measure. Lung cancer especially Small Cell Lung Cancer often travels to the brain. After your chemo/radiation treatments have stopped the next step if a persons BR MRI is negative is to do PCI. Any standard treatment offered is the result of clinical trials being performed to see if the patients are better off with or without the treatment. " Prophylactic cranial irradiation after chemotherapy significantly reduces the risk of brain metastasis and doubles one-year survival in small-cell lung cancer (SCLC), according to the results of the multicenter phase III randomized EORTC trial[phone number redacted]3, published in the New England Journal of Medicine August 16, 2007." Once a trial has been proven to be of a benefit to the patient it becomes the standard of care. Most patient tolerate the treatment very well and the treatment does not generally affect the patients quality of life. I have had several patients do PCI with great results. I am not familiar with prostate cancer and am unable to address that part of the question.

      about 4 years ago