Brain Tumors/Spinetumor

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My sister has a Spinetumor , that was operated 12/2014. It was ependymoma gr 3. She had also radiationtreatment spring 2015. Tumor is located L1-L2.. Now after some months illnes, they found it grown again.
And now the doctors say, there are no way. to threat it anymore.
She has had radiation 50 years ago for lymfoma and the limit for that is full! Does  it really matter, it she anyhow is going to die
Is there any sytostatic?
She is having kortisondrug now as an onko drug
Thank you for the ansver
Ulla Eroma, Kotka, Finland
My sister has lived her whole life in Sveden, now for 7 years in Finland

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Kiitos! Sorry I have forgotten most of my Finnish so I have to answer in English unless your Swedish is good enough?! Unfortunately it seems that she has received all the radiation that it is possible to give. To give more would not help her in this situation so she can not in any way benefit from an overdose of radiation, it would just cause her more problems without curing her. The radiation dose necessary to treat her tumor now would just be far too big! And chemotherapy for this kind of tumor is not a solution in this situation. Sorry, but I have to agree with her doctors. I am sorry I have nothing better to tell you!


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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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I'm a Doctor of Medicine and specialist in Medical Oncology and Radiation Therapy, educated and trained in Sweden. Now retired. Background in Radiation Therapy, Medical Oncology, Radiation Protection, Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology, Gynecological Oncology, Clinical Pathology, Clinical Cytology,Hematology and Internal Medicine. M.D. from the faculty of medicine, Royal Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Have also been an exchange student at the Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem Israel. Former medical consultant, Swedish National Board of Radiation Protection. Former Police Surgeon and Medical Examiner, Stockholm Police Department. Former Chief Medical Officer, The Royal Guards, The Royal Horse Guards and the Royal Household Brigade, Royal Swedish Army Medical Corps. You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128 . I have no restrictions on the number of questions there. I also answer questions about Oncology (General Cancer), General History, Military History, Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer.

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