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Old 04-08-2012, 11:29 AM   #1
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would surgery cure the symptoms ? shortness of breath, etc

80 year old mom just diagnosed, right siide ascending tumor and she is considering surgery only if she feels confident her symptoms would improve after... Shortness of breath, fatigue, low hemoglobin( has been receiving IV iron). CT abdomin/pelvis shows no involvement of other organs. she has 4 stents, and can barely walk more then a few blocks, so if the surgery could improve quality of life she would consider--not to extend life. wonder if breathing issues are from colon cancer or the previous need for the stents! (refused bypass surgery) Also Fearful of anesthesia issues in elderly patient for long surgery.... feedback please?

 
Old 04-14-2012, 03:35 AM   #2
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Re: would surgery cure the symptoms ? shortness of breath, etc

I am going to be 62 this year. I was diagnosed with colon cancer in October of 2010. Up until I had my tumor and half my colon removed... I looked and felt like I was 85. Seriously. I couldn't walk into the next room without being completely winded, I could not pull myself up on a chair to reach something on a shelf, and my body was in extreme pain.. Having that surgery felt like I had been set free. I felt 40 years younger, looked younger, my hair and skin got new life and.... bonus !!! I lost 66 pounds! Best thing that ever happened to me was that surgery. I'm praying for your mom and you.... Warm hugs and love to you both.

 
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