SCLC chemo then full brain radiotherapy
My mum was diagnosed with advanced SCLC with piturity gland tumour and lesions to the brain August 2016. Mum's prognosis wasn't very hopeful and was nearly refused treatment. Mum wasn't able to see at this point. Luckily treatment was given 6 rounds of chemo Carboplatin and etoposide and 10 sessions of 4 min full brain radiotherapy. Mum had great response to the chemo and was able to see again. Mum also had very little side affects. Radiotherapy started in January and all seemed good. Mum had scans that revealed her tumour and lesions had gone and the cancer else where had shrunk. Over the last week mum has been come very tired and started getting pains in her stomach. Over the last 5 days mum has had terrible pain in her back. Antibiotics was prescribed Thursday last week as mum was showing signs of a chest infection. Thinking at first the symptoms mum was having was due to the infection. The pain has become increasingly unbearable we had a trip to the hospital. Zomorph and Oramorph was prescribed. No X-ray was taken and a quick check up was done, but then sent back home with the advice to wait for a appointment with the oncologist and may be a pet scan. So now we're sitting here wondering what's going on?? Is this pain a side affect to treatment or could it be something else?? My dad is finding thing very stressful and emotionally draining. We're a supportive family and try our best to help reassure both mum and dad but lack of support and advice from mums care nurses is leaving us all in limbo. I would like to speak to anyone who has had anything similar or could shed some light on this.