12/10/07 #6 - Lung cancer or its treatment causing Migraines?

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    My Mom is having three to four attacks per day and she has lung cancer. Can lung cancer be the cause of migraine attacks (lack of oxygen to the brain)? Can her medication and radiotherapy be the cause of the attacks? Sheryl.
     

     

     

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    Dear Sheryl;

     

    The cancer wouldn't be the cause of the attacks. Migraine is a neurological disease caused by genetics and the response of neurons to triggers. It's entirely possible, however, that either the cancer or her treatment could be triggering or adding to Migraines. You mention lack of oxygen to the brain. Surely, her doctors are monitoring her oxygen levels in her blood, so that doesn't seem too likely. The cancer itself is putting an enormous amount of stress on her body. When the body is stressed, it will often react to Migraine triggers that would be too weak to bring on a Migraine under other circumstances.

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    It's unusual to have three or four attacks per day. Has her doctor verified that these are Migraines? If at all possible, a consultation with a headache and Migraine specialist would be helpful. There's a link below to our directory of recommended specialists.

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    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

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    Last updated December 10, 2007.

Published On: December 10, 2007