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    Long term radiation damage
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    An_247754 posted:
    I am trying to learn about long term radiation damage or over-radiation related to brain cancer and in particular side effects from treatment in the late 70's/early 80's. My brother is in his late 50s and as a 26 year-old was treated for a medulloblastoma via surgery/radiation/chemotherapy. He subsequently had exploratory brain surgery due to seizures in the early 90's with a diagnosis of long-term radiation damage. The second brain surgery further damaged his cognitive abilities but the seizures were alleviated through medication. Recently his seizures recurred and he has further declined physically and cognitively. This year he has been hospitalized, has had several MRIs and underwent rehabilitative therapy. He is doing somewhat better, but still has various problems on different days. Because I am not his caregiver, I only have second hand knowledge of his medical treatment and diagnosis. I am told that that his current neurologist says "his brain cells are slowly dying due to over radiation poisoning". I want to learn more about this diagnosis and I guess I am surprised that I have not heard about it before, or that I haven't seen it in the news. Maybe it is because many people do not survive long enough for the treatment effects to be so severe. Any information you can provide including directing me to other parts of the website or other websites will be appreciated. Thank you & God bless - a sister who loves her brother


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