Topic: New to the site - concern about quality of life for mom
I have been reading several of the posts and thank you all for sharing. My mom is 78 and was recently diagnosed with CC - a 6 cm tumor that is located in both lobes. She is in the moderate stages of Alzheimer's. Currently she has very little short term memory, most often sits in a withdrawn state and cannot function without assistance on a day-to-day basis. She is somewhat alert at times.
Because of other health issues and concerns she is not a candiate for surgery and would not tolerate chemotherapy (she has COPD, heart disease, diabetes and recently diagnosed with a bladder tumor as well). The oncologist has suggested Y 90 radiation treatment and we were told that it could prolong her life 6 months to a year. While we really want her with us for as long as possible, we are sruggling with a quality of life issue. Yes, the treatment will prolong her life - but there is a concern that the Alzheimers will worsen with the effects of each phase of the treatment. Because we really wanted her to be the one to make the decision, we explained the treatment process to her many times. During most of these discussions, she agreed to have the treatment so we are moving forward.
Has anyone had experience with a similar situation? This is one of the most difficult things that I have ever experienced. I am so worried about the road ahead for all of us and I can hardly stand to see her suffer.