Question My sister was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma almost 15 years ago. Her dentist found it in the back of her mouth. It eventually spread to her brain, which resulted in the removal of her right eye about 9 years ago. She has also had cancer in her lungs, liver and a spot on her hip. She had melanoma of the skin about 2 years ago and it was removed. She spent a summer in Indiana receiving radon therapy. She has received more radiation in her lifetime than she should and no doctor is willing to do surgery. She now has melanoma in the brain with a 2-6 months survival rate. She is in deep denial. What should I expect to see in the next 6 months or so? What should I watch for? How do I help her?
Answer If a malignancy has spread to the brain the process is often rather fast so the survival time can be measured in weeks or months and not very many of them. The patient will be more and more confused and sleep more and more. There may be neurological signs and symptoms like paralysis of neurological functions and muscles and even epileptic fits. When the patient sleeps all the time the end is near. She will then slip into a coma and ten pass away. There will be little pain - if any at all. I am sorry I have nothing better to tell you!
I`m a doctor of medicine and specialist in radiation therapy and medical oncology. I have a long time experience of these tumours.
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