Sweetie, it is normal to immediately begin chemo prior to surgery, often when dealing with the liver. What it does is kill the virus as it metastacizes (spelling?) into other areas. Its difficult to do immediately following surgery because recovery time is needed. It also depends upon a number of other factors as where the on the liver, the four spots were found, etc.
Don't pay attention to the stats regarding survival. Survival is based upon each individual and each cancer. The most important thing is to help your mother stay positive, help her visualize the cancer and fight it psychologically as well as help her with higher quality of life now. Help her control what she can control, her psychological state and her diet.
Keep her away from sugars as they feed tumors. Get antioxidant vitamins (GNC has a good one) and eat lots of veggies. Move away from a western diet, knock off the beef and sugars. You may wish to look into the research being done at the NIH and other cancer centers on the use of curry and tumeric in the diet.
Except for that, right now, everything is dependent upon the chemo and the agressiveness of the tumors. Later, it will be dependent upon the surgeon and the agressiveness of the tumors.
Finally, lets talk about you. While your mom is being treated, ask if there could be consultation with a geneticist to determine whether or not the cancer could be genetic, since she and her sibling both have it. And its important that you determine with your doctor about a good surveillance for yourself and your siblings if there is a genetic factor.
Colon and liver cancer can be treatable if one takes care to be surveilled, watch their diets, etc. Just remember that. Our options are far better than they were in generations past.
I wish you the best and the best for your mother and your aunt.
Originally Posted by prdrmewf
My moms only sibling has been dx with stage 4 colon cancer that is in her liver. In a month she will be seen at a top hospital. Over the phone they confirmed four places on liver to be affected if this is the proper way to say it? I have read that she has from 2-10% to survive - is this true? They won't yet remove anything 1st chemo to shrink them - is this normal? What will happen ? Sorry to ramble just need to know facts so I can cope.