Hi -- The situation my family is in is that my dad went into the hospital and was diagnosed with melanoma brain cancer. One tumor on the left side near the temple was removed, and one toward the back was partially removed (any more might've caused more issues). He went through 10 days of whole brain radiation because there were too many tumors and the size was a factor, so he didn't qualify for the gamma knife. He is now in a skilled nursing facility.
My question is mainly because he's been so up and down since the radiation (and currently down). He lost function on his left side, though after surgery he made some progress in the first facility he was at. His left arm was gaining more mobility, though nothing in the left leg (though he had some feeling in it). He regressed there, though, and we think it was because swelling started again. That was when he started the WBR treatments and it wore him out especially the first week. The second week there were some improvements and after all the treatment was over, he had days where he was sitting upright (had been leaning heavily to the right), making more sense (had some cognitive issues), but now he's leaning slightly again. And he's more confused. Is this to be expected with WBR? Does it flip flop like this and take longer for some people to improve? I'm just scared because it just goes back and forth and I don't know what this is going to do to him in the long run.
He's due to take two chemo pills soon and was wondering if anyone's had experience with this. FDA approved Mekinist and Tafinlar to be taken together fairly recently, I believe, which his onocologist seems to feel this is good thing. Can anyone tell me any results with these two being taken together? Thanks for your help