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Question.: My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in

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Question for Dr. Frank: My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in Aug. During that time they called in a neurology team to look at a tremor he had in his left hand. The first doctor did not think it was Parkinsons, the second thought it might be.
Anyway he is on his second treatment of chemotherapy of Alimta and Carboplatin. Since the treatment began he has exhibited some symptoms that are very classic to Parkinsons. He did not have these symptoms before chemo so it is hard to know if they are chemo
side effects of something else. He is very weak and unbalanced, sometimes taking very small steps. But the most disturbing thing is he has developed a very blank expression, along with holding his mouth open and drooling. So my questions are these: 1. Will
chemo exacerbate an early case of Parkinsons? 2. Is it possible the symptoms of Parkinsons can progress that quickly, from a slight tremor in August to severe symptoms in November? 3. Is Parkinsons hereditary?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
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What will happen if he doesn't have the chemo due to side effect concerns?

Are there other options available?

Do your dad have any other medical problems or take any medications?

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