I am new here but I am struggling for answers. My mother was diagnosed with stage IV small cell adenocarcinoma in February 2015. At a local hospital she was given 18 months to live. We seemed a second opinion at a cancer treatment center of America. She never showed any signs of cancer. She continued with normal activity and seemed to be the picture of health. She started tarceva orally in about April. She didn't have too terrible if the common symptoms and still did great. In February of this year, they asked her to stop the tarceva and they were going to start chemo intravenously. She had a port placed in late February. From that time forward, her confusion began. She started having terrible headaches, nausea, dizziness. After a lumbar puncture, they were able to determine that she had leptomeningeal disease. From about March 1 until now she has gone tremendously downhill and has been admitted into the hospital. A shunt was placed to drain the fluid that had collected on her brain. She doesn't eat, sleeps a lot, has even more confusion at various times. What am I to expect in the following days? Does anyone have any similar stories that can help answer some questions for me. I'm sure I am missing a lot of information here, but can try to fill in the blanks if you need me to. Thank you so much in advance.
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Adneocarcinoma with mets to brain - 1273243