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My 86 year old father was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma several years ago.  It was discovered when he had a CT scan for a GI issue so it was found very early and luckily has not spread into the lymph nodes or other areas.  Because of existing heart issues and his age, he wasn't a candidate for surgery.  The doctors have been treating it with radiation and managing to keep it under control.  He has just started his third round of radiation this week -- a short round of only 4 sessions.  My question has to do more with some lingering issues he's had since all this started.  Ever since the end of his first round of treatment, he has been experiencing terrible dizziness.  His Oncologist maintains it's not from the radiation but none of his other doctors can find a cause or help him get any relief.  I wanted to ask if anyone has had a problem with this and if you have any suggestsions as to what we can do to help him.  He's fallen several times and fortunately hasn't hurt himself seriously but I'm worried he's going to eventually.

My mother and I have also noticed that he's become a lot more mentally confused since all of this started.  He asks the same questions over and over, seems to have trouble following instructions, and just isn't as sharp as he was before.  It could just be age but it does coincide with the radiation and I'm wondering if anyone else has noticed any side effects of this nature and has any advice as to what we can do about it.  Will it pass?  Is there anything we can do to help him?  I'm glad the radiation is helping him but I feel so bad to see my father struggling like this.  

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this and for any advice you might have.

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