What to expect with stage 4 colon cancer
My 43 year old brother was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in May of this year. He thought maybe it was gall bladder problems and went to the ER with severe pain in his abdomen. A few hours later, we were told he had cancer that had spread to his liver. Surgery was not an option for him and he had 6-9 months to live if he did nothing. Possibly 18-24 months with chemo. He started chemo immediately. FOLFOX. He tolerated it really well and they are still continuing chemo, just took off the oxilaplatin? (spelling?) that made his hands and feet tingle. The chemo has kept his numbers down in the less than 100 range, however - his liver is still covered with spots. They did shrink significantly with the treatments. They are not really concerned with the colon tumor, as it doesn't seem to be causing him any problems at the moment. Surgery is still not an option according to his doctors. What now? He looks a bit jaundiced to me, but my mom is not willing to accept that it is from the cancer... she said the doctor would do something if it was a problem. I don't think there is much they can do.... I don't know what to say or how to help other than to just be supportive - whatever they want or need. I just don't know what to expect now. Guess no one really does, but I had a good friend who had the same thing happen to her - she made it 18 months and was only 40 when she died.