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Q&A Session with Dr. Minesh Mehta, Covering Prevention and Management of Brain Metastases

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brain_metastasis_before Here’s the second part of the webinar, co-sponsored with LUNGevity Foundation, by Dr. Minesh Mehta, Professor of Radiation Oncology and renowned expert in management of brain metastases. Though his talk was very comprehensive, the topic of brain metastases is so relevant that there were a wide range of questions in a Q&A session that ended up lasting about half an hour, and even then, we weren’t able to get to every question.

Here’s the audio and video versions of the podcast (not really much video here, just in this format to have it go to the people subscribed to the video channel on iTunes, YouTube, etc.), as well as the transcript.



Apologies for the echo and overall less than ideal sound quality of this one — there are some real limitations and compromises with the teleconference format. Though our sound editor does the best he can, he still has to work with what he’s given. Fortunately, everything is understandable even if it isn’t the New York Philharmonic here. And the price is right.

Thanks to those who joined us, thanks to LUNGevity Foundation for partnering with us on this, and big thanks again to Dr. Mehta for his commanding presentation and generosity with his time in answering so many good questions for us.

5 Responses to Q&A Session with Dr. Minesh Mehta, Covering Prevention and Management of Brain Metastases

  • fortmyr says:

    Dr. West, Dr. Metah, thank you so much for this very informative webinar, this answers many of the questions that my sister and I had, in particular with respect to combining Tarceva with radiations. I have a question for you: when someone gets whole brain radiation, do we automatically see memory and/or cognitive problems or do some patients experience none? As mentionned in my other posts on GRACE, my sister (44 yo, non-smoker, EGFR exon 21 positive) is a stage IV NSCLC who now has 6 small mets to the brain (the largest being about 1.3 square cm).

    Thank you very much for your help,


  • Dr West says:

    We absolutely don’t automatically see cognitive defects with brain radiation, and some don’t experience any.

  • fortmyr says:

    Dr. West, thank you so much for your prompt reply, it’s great to hear that radiations do not automatically do damage to the brain!


  • DianaJ says:

    I wasnt able to play the Q&A with Dr. Mehta. The webinar showing benefits and risks of wbrt are nicely documented. I would have liked to see discussion of brain necrosis associated with wbrt.

  • Dr West says:

    There was an error, but it’s been fixed (should be). You should give it a try now, and I hope you’ll find it, and find that it’s working well.

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