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Is it advisable to undergo chemo for tumor after multiple brain surgeries?

my cousin has had 2 brain surgeries for brian tumors the dr told her yesterday that another has grown back bigger and more aggressive she radiation but now they want her to have aggressive chemo and told her she has 3 to 6 months i am her caregiver and she asked should she take the chemo ,I don t know what to do
Wed, 30 Oct 2019
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Hello,

This is a very difficult question to answer since ultimately the decision must be that of the patient.

She, unfortunately, she has been given a TERMINAL prognosis of these tumors which are obviously no longer surgically amenable and sound as if they are growing rapidly.

I believe an important question the patient will want to ask the doctor is how much additional time do they think she can extend things by going on chemotherapy.

Also, she should ask the doctor to be very upfront about the expected side effects and how those are likely to affect her quality of life.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Dariush Saghafi, Neurologist
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