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30 Jan 2009

Mum diagnosed with Cancer
Hi Doc
Last year October my mum was diagnosed with cancer. The cancer is localised just below the collar bone. The cancerous mass has been pressed against a nerve that has restricted use of her right hand. She is receiving Chemo currently. She has had 3 chemo sessions already, however her hand does not seem to improve. In fact after Chemo her hand gets very swollen and lasts for a few days. She still cannot use this hand. We thought maybe with the Chemo killing off the cancerous cells this would in turn relieve the pressure on the nerve and thereby restore use of her hand. This is not happening.
What are the chances of her gaining full use of her hand. What are our options now.

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Sahara

Thank you for visiting

Unfortunately, you will have to discuss this matter with your mother's oncologist, as he/she knows her condition. You can however, request a CT scan of the chest to determine precisely what the cancerous growth is doing to the nerve. Is it possibly mere nerve compression or has it infiltrated the nerve?

Kind regards

Dr Anrich Burger
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