Re: Father-in-law Colon Cancer Questions
Necrotic:The localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply)
They were saying that the tumour cells were dead and/or dying at that time. If the tumour was down low as your letter suggests then they were waiting for it to be as small as possible before surgery so as to have the least chance of complications due to surgery. That low down one of the complications could have been complete or partial incontinence of either, or both, bowel and bladder control. He did not want a colostomy so they would have been looking to not leave him in diapers for the rest of his life either(a colostomy would be better than that)
Why this was not all explained I can't say, and to be honest what I said above is my best guess about their motives for the treatment plan they chose.
Lord knows that it is difficult to have a loved one succumb to cancer. It is even harder then to have a loved one succumb to the treatment instead. As Kaye said, you are in my thoughts as well.