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Whole brain radiation side effects

Posted by @karenatmayo, Sep 4, 2017

I finished whole brain radiation two weeks ago (10 treatments) and am suffering horrible side effects. Doctor checked me out 3 days ago and said everything looks ok but I am miserable with NO appetite, feel nauseous, head feels like it’s being squashed in a vice, headaches, dizzy, weak, extreme fatigue. I am taking memantine to hopefully prevent memory loss. I am suffering and feel miserable, cannot function, cannot eat. I am hoping some of these side effects will go away but not optimistic. I am age 68 with metastatic breast cancer spread to bones, lymph nodes, brain – a rather grim diagnosis. Feeling miserable.


Hi @karenatmayo. so sorry that you are feeling so miserable. I’m sending some virtual “brighter days” wishes your way.

If you’re interested, here’s a Mayo Clinic Neuro Chat on Brain Tumors- When you arrive at the listed page there is a “Watch on Facebook” tab. Click that and it will take you to the actual footage.

Also Here are some resources about brain radiation side effects
– Oncolink
– Cancer Research UK

@chuck58201, @irishel and @lindalb are all members here on connect that have discussed radiation and treatment. I hope they will join us in discussion and relate to you what their experiences were.

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