My mum(aged 60) was told on 4/5/2011 that she had stage 4 colon cancer which has mets in the liver and to one part of the lung.
She went in yesterday for surgery to hopefully remove the tumor which is in the upper rectum to sigmoid area but the surgeon has told us he could not remove it as it was attached to many blood vessels,they did however bypass the tumor to stop any potential blockage and have fitted a stoma.
This is the first time from reading these boards that i have heard that the tumor could not be removed by surgery and wondered if anyone had any advice for us?
Also she is going to recieve chemo as soon as she recovers from the surgery does anyone know if the chemo would help reduce the tumor?
Hi ! sorry to hear about your mum - I had secondaries in the liver too numerous to operate on, but had a year of chemo which reduced them to two which were ok and had a liver re-section in November. Now I have a further tumour on the right of the liver, which is inoperable because of its proximity to the stomach. My docs have said I may be a suitable candidate for radiofrequency ablation - I am keeping my fingers crossed to hear - so don't give up - there are many different treatments out there if an op is not possible ! Thinking of you and your mum - I am 63, so age is not a concern !
You asked if chemo would shrink the tumor, in my case the answer is "yes." I am Stave IV with mets to the liver. In the beginning they said my liver was 75% full of tumors. They didnt' understand why I wasn't in pain, losing weight or jaundice -- nothing. I had not symptoms at all, it was discovered by accident. Anyway, I've had nothing but chemo (FolFox - Avastin, Oxaliplatin, Leucovorin, FU-5). They can no longer feel the primary tumor in my rectum, and the tumors in my liver have shrunk more than 50% in size. My current onc says he won't make a surgical candidate. So, that means I'll find an new doc. I live southern NH within driving distance of the Boston medical mecca.
Keep the faith, and tell her to keep fighting. I have a 2 year old daughter, she's why I don't quit. There are alot of Stage IV's who are now NED (no evidence of disease). I've met a few.
Good to hear the treatment is working for you,mum was a week into her chemo but was admitted into hospital a week ago with bad sickness etc,,just found out today that she has a twisted bowel which we think maybe the cause,and will be having a op tomorrow to correct it.
Hopefully get back on the chemo in a couple of weeks after this setback.