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    Does mets to C5 level in spine typically lead to brain mets?

    My Dad has stage 4 esophageal cancer. I know it's terminal. We have been managing with Chemo which has been working. But his last PET scan showed reoccurrence in the liver and a new area at C5 in his spine. I was wondering if anyone knew if mets to spine usually leads to brain mets. I didn't ask the doctor because I didn't want to scare my dad. Any experiences or opinions would be great thanks!

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    Hi DMQ,

    I'm terribly sorry about this rotten disease entering the lives of your family -- and most of all for your Dad. It's a heartbreaker.

    I don't know that there is a correlation between bone mets and brain mets, but I could be wrong. If it's on the run, the risk of brain mets does become greater. I'm sorry, but it is spreading to other distant sites, so the brain could be a possibility in the future.

    I hope that they can do some radiation to the spine mets, if they're able to be radiated due to the sensitive place. The chemo may have to be changed now that it's spread. This isn't unusual, as it stops working after awhile because the cancer will mutate and find a way around it.

    God bless and we're here to help in any way we can.

    PBJ
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    Left my embrace to live with our Heavenly Father in October of 2007 and now breathes with ease forever. I will miss this gentle, giving soul with the easy smile for the rest of my days, but have faith we will be together again. He's just getting a little break from me!

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    Hi DMQ. I am so sorry about your father's advanced cancer. Esophageal Cancer can metastasize to the Brain. However, just because it is in the C5 area does not mean that it will. I am not sure but I do not think it will spread from the C5 to the Brain. Only there is a fluid connection between the Spine and Brain, there is no Spine Bone to Head Bone connection. I do not think that the odds of the cancer metastasizing to the Brain is any greater now that it is in the Spin but you should ask your father's doctor.
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    Thank you for your responses. I am having the hardest time thinking through things related to my dad's cancer. It's just like my brain is shut off. I think you're right about the bone not necessarily leading to brain mets. He's just so afraid of brain mets that I just hope and pray it doesn't happen. I should probably be more worried about pressure on the spine or obstruction of fluid from the tumor on his c5. I'll definitely talk to the doctor tomorrow at Chemo. Thank you again for responding!

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    No metastatic cancer is good. Mets to the Spine can compress nerves and cause a lot of pain and even paralyze the person. So, no, it is not good. Hopefully, his doctors will be able to do control that growth. Praying for you and your father.
    Jim
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    DMQ,

    No problem! I completely understand your brain shutting off when it comes to this beast. My brain switch flipped off when I lost my husband and it's simply a way of your mind coping with an overwhelming situation.

    As scary as brain mets sound, they are treatable and we have many folks here who have had a lot of brain mets and even primary brain cancer (see brainman!). Brainman is correct in that any metastasis is a sign of the cancer starting to overwhelm any current treatment. We went through chemo failure several times on my husband's Stage IV journey.

    I'm sorry and ask for God to give you some peace.

    Hugs,
    PBJ
    Husband diagnosed with NSCLC Stage IV in 3/2005. Fought & lived over 2 1/2 years with multiple lines of treatment.

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    Left my embrace to live with our Heavenly Father in October of 2007 and now breathes with ease forever. I will miss this gentle, giving soul with the easy smile for the rest of my days, but have faith we will be together again. He's just getting a little break from me!

 
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