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Old 01-12-2011, 07:50 PM   #1
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What should I expect?

My father in law was diagnosed with colon cancer right before Christmas and was only able to get to the oncologist last week (which is a whole other story) They've pretty much told him he has 6 months. They said they would have to treat it very aggressively but he's so thin and weak, his body couldn't take it. We all thought he should get a second opinion but he decided he didn't want treatment. Apparently it didn't start in his colon. They're not sure where it started but they think it was his pancreas, then spread to his stomach and colon (although they did a biopsy of stomach tissue and it didn't show cancer. The whole situation is a little confusing because we're getting information from my sister in law, who's getting it from their mom, who's getting it from the doctor. I wish we could have gone to his appointment) Anyway, he decided against treatment. They called in hospice and he has a hospital bed in the living room which he lies in to watch TV but he's able to get up to use the bathroom. He's very weak though and has a walker (of course he won't use it in front of anyone except my mother in law) he still eats, but not a lot because he's having trouble swallowing. He's down to 145 pounds and he's about 6'4". It's sad to see him so weak. He was always very active, doing yardwork, fixing things around the house etc. And he's only 71. I'm just wondering if the 6 months the doctors gave him is generous. He's losing weight so rapidly, I wonder how long until his body gives up.
I know every person is different, but how long is this going to go on? What should we expect in the coming weeks and months?

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