My father, an 81 year old, was diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) back in 2015. He had a lobectomy of the right lower lobe on Jan 2016. A few months later he developed dizziness and had an MRI, which showed 3.5 cm left parientotemporal superficial enhancing lesion. Craniotomy was performed and the tumor was removed on Aug 2016. Later on Gamma knife surgery was performed after 2 days of the craniotomy. He was doing well after that, but he had a series of medical complications, such as , arrhythmias, pulmonary embolism bacause aspirin was stopped for the surgery, thrombocytopenia due to the medication he was on “Kepra”, pneumonia, and SIADH, with a prolonged hospitalization.
On Nov 2016, the MRI showed significant increase in the enhancment on the tumor bed with mild edema around it. It was unclear whether this represented recurrence of the brain metastasis or radiation necrosis.
Later on, another MRI & PET scan was performed on FEB 2017, which confirmed the radiation necrosis and tumor recurrence.
The doctors said that the only way to treat it is the surgery and he is not a candidate for radiation therpay.
My father refused to perform the surgery and he preferred to be on dexamethasone for the rest of his life. But he is having difficulties now with the speech and the movement, and his brain edema had increased.
I’m not convinced with this, i believe that there os a hope!
Do you think there is a hope with Mayo clinic!!
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