Hi. I have had colon cancer in January 2002. I found no blood in my stools. I found however, that certain foods made me run to the bathroom soon after eating. My abdomen swelled up and I could not get my slacks buttoned. I was vomiting severely at the onset of what was thought to be food poisoning. That lasted for about two weeks until my daughter took me by ambulance to the ER. I was poked, blood drawn, IV's started and finally sent to have XRAY. I was admitted to the hospital right after that. After several more XRAYS and CT scans, I was in surgery where a peach size tumor was removed from my colon. It was resected so that I do not have to wear a bag. Upon more exploration, my gall bladder was removed and 8 eight lesions were detected on my liver. I went into surgery and had the largest tumor removed and the remaining were "ablazed" microwaved so to speak and made smaller, and a titanium pump called a hepatic artery infusion pump was implanted in my abdomen. I have survived my first round of systemic chemotherapy through a porta-cathe which is implanted on left shoulder and today, June 5, 2002, I will go to get my pump filled for the first with FUDR The catheter that will send this medicine to the liver is attached to the pump and and the medicine will be delivered at a regulated form 24/7. The prognosis is about 45% survival rate by using both types of chemotherapy as opposed to 13% just using the systemic method. If your mother is a candidate, I would ask about it unless you have already been told that she is not a candidate. Good luck with this illness. Mine took my by surprise. I have been out of work since January and cannot get any financial help from the government because they have to determine if I am really disabled. My house is about to go into foreclosure and the car I bought one year ago before all of this happened is about to be repossessed, so God bless you if you have adequate finances to meet your bills.