Jul 10, 2003 - 9:01 am
My mom, age 62, was diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer, and get this...the doctor didn't tell us this. She had surgery in March to remove the tumor from her colon, she started Chemo in May, and all of this without any information. She believed that her cancer could go into remission or she could be cured. I made an appointment with her family physician instead of her oncologist, since he was remaining vague, and he printed up a copy of her oncologists notes. The man actually said in there that he thought it was better to let her believe that her cancer was curable, but all she ever asked for was the truth...Okay, so last week we get this diagnosis of Stage IV...She's on 5FU only. She had a bad reaction to the leucovorin and they took her off of it. I know from the other posts that there are other kinds of chemotherapy that may shrink her tumors enough to allow her to live a little longer. The oncologist hasn't given us any other alternatives besides the 5FU. How can we get information out of this oncologist...I'm getting really tired of myself and my mother having to fish for information. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
The other concern I have is...if anyone else had a family member diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer, what will her quality of life be like? What are looking forward to? How long can someone live with this type of cancer? Basically, I know nothing about this type of cancer and any help and information is greatly needed to ease my fears, the fears of my mother and of my sisters. We are so afraid of losing her, and we have so little to go on...so, thanks in advance for any responses.