BACKGROUND: My mom, age 86, diabetic & healthy except she has alzheimer's & breast cancer. She lives in a nursing home & has a wonderful attitude on life. She knows her children, remembers parts of her past. She tells us she will be thinking of something & realize she is confusing her childhood with the present. She will repeat something 5 times in 10 minutes & doesn't know what she did 30 minutes ago. I would say her AD started at least 15 years ago, but very noticeable for the 5. She was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 months ago. They said it is very small, but they could not say a stage or if it is aggressive or not. We have talked to 3 doctors, they all say she needs a mastectomy. She wouldn't be able to handle lumpectomy & radiation. QUESTION: Does surgery can deepen alzheimer's? A few siblings wonder if it would be best to leave the cancer, pray it doesn't grow for a few more years, & let her happily enjoy the rest of her life. They have heard surgery would deepen or change her AD & that she may spend the rest of her life unhappy or angry. I would say it would be better to go deeper into AD than suffer cancer. Please help us with your comments.View Thread
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