This is my first post to this group. When Im reading your posts I get the feeling that everybody knows about colorectal cancer so much. I know you can help me!
First Ill describe what the situation is. We live in Warsaw, Poland.
My Mum has a colorectal cancer stage 4. She is 56 and became ill about three weeks ago. She had pain in her abdomen, indigestion, constipations, bloat and her stomach growled. Doctor gave her some medicines but they helped only a little. Ten days later her digestive duct stopped working. After medical examination in clinic in Warsaw she had surgery operation 12 days ago. It was made a by-pass in digestive duct to avoid the section with tumor (5x4x3cm).
They did this because colorectal cancer spreaded in several places in pit of the abdomen and bowel. The metastasis are also on ovaries, womb and other organs. But the lungs and liver are not affected.
The tumor couldnt be removed because it was too large, too spreaded and too late diagnosed. According to doctors (surgeons) from one of the Warsaws hospitals my Mum became terminal cancer patient. They said that the conventional treatment (surgery, chemio- and radioteraphy) is useless.
We couldn't believe it so we went to get the second opinion. We chose a cancer-colorectal specialist (Warsaws Institute of Oncology ). He said they we should try chemotherpy. That we should do it as a palliative treatment. Which chemo should we try? How much time will we gain? What is your opinion? What other tests should we do (they only did histopathology)?
And the second problem is that my Mums digestive system still is not working. The operation didnt help (and it is about week form it). There can be the second operation. Doctors say that the part of the bowel has twisted and they try to empty the digestive system with probe (but I dont know exactly how to call it in English). We must wait until Sunday. Maybe somebody had similar situation? What should we do?
Sorry for my English but I wrote it in real hurry.
I would appreciate any kind of help.