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Old 11-10-2006, 07:01 PM   #1
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Mother has colon cancer

Hi Everyone,

I am new to all of this. I guess I'm looking for some support from people that know what I'm going through. My 84 year old mother was just diagnosed with colon cancer. It's been one heck of a week. Last week I took her to the DR because she was having pain in her right side. He felt "something" so ordered a CAT scan to be done. That found a mass in her colon plus a few spots on her liver. She had a colonoscopy the next day and found a large mass. The scope couldn't even make it through the mass, she was almost totally blocked. She had surgery the next day in hopes to remove the mass and redirect the rest of her intestines. When they opened her up, they found the tumor in the colon is attached to the liver plus the lining of her abdomen so they couldn't take anything out. They had to put an illiostomy on her. We were told that if she didn't have any chemo treatment, then she will have around 6 months left. If she does have the chemo then they are saying maybe 1-2 years. We were told that the chemo for this works well on shrinking the tumor. Can any of you give me some advice? Right now she is still in the hospital recovering from the surgery. It may be another week until she can go home and think about what route she wants to take.
Any input here?? Thanks in advance.


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Old 11-12-2006, 02:22 PM   #2
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Re: Mother has colon cancer

Hi Ter

My mother was diagnosed with colon cancer in April of this year.Unfortunately after a scan in May we were told it was secondary it had spread to the Lymph nodes and into her Liver.
It has rocked my world.Mum started Chemo (trial)and it finished in August it,s been 10 weeks since she has been seen by her consultant!I feel we have been just tossed aside.
She was poorly last week and was sent in for a scan we are due the results tomorrow.
I have contacted the consultant and questioned using other treatments,I know there is no cure and that I will lose her but why is she just left to get on with things?
I have always classed myself a very rational and easy going person,but i have changed dramatically,I don't understand if what i feel is normal,the anger the tears,bitterness,loneliness is it normal to feel these emotions?
Mum's only 60 and has always led a active healthy lifestyle.
I haven't any answers to this dreaded disease that holds no mercy yet i try to be strong.
Take care of yourself,stay strong and above all talk about how you feel.
Thoughts are with you.

Old 11-15-2006, 08:28 PM   #3
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ter960 HB User
Re: Mother has colon cancer

Hi Jules,

Sorry for the late reply, but I have been busy. My Mom is still in the hospital, it will be 2 weeks tomorrow. I know how you feel when you say this has rocked your's just amazing how everything can be turned upside-down! Like your Mom, mine has always been this is so hard on us all. We don't know what type of treatment she is going to have yet..she can't be cured, but maybe she'll be able to have a little more time with us. How has your week been? Hang in's amazing how stong a person becomes when they are faced with something like this.

Thank you for the reply...I thought this was public message board, maybe a person has to join this group to get support or a reply.

Be strong!


Old 11-17-2006, 06:59 AM   #4
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Re: Mother has colon cancer


How is your mom doing? I am sorry you did not get more responses. I think many are away as Thanksgiving is next week - this board is usually much busier.

I hope your mom is recovering well from her surgery. How is the ileostomy going? I am sure that was quite a shock for her - it seems as though everything happened fast for you guys. When will she start chemo?

I hope that you are holding up OK. Let us know if you have any questions as your mom adjusts to the ileostomy and begins treatment.

Take care,

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