Sep 22, 2003 - 12:17 pm
My father in law was diagnosed with colon cancer in May. The tumor was large so they did chemo and radiation to shrink it. In the course of all this he also had to undergo triple bypass to his heart and so it delayed his cancer surgery. Finally last week, he went in for the surgery. The doctor found that it had spread to his liver and stomach and they couldn't even remove the colon tumor. They did a colostomy and closed him up. We were told that it is terminal. They did say that they could try a more aggressive form of chemo. We are all in shock and trying to digest all of this. I know there are stories of survival of even the most advanced cases. They told us that without treatment he may have a couple of months and with treatment he could have possibly a year to a year and a half. We are clinging to that little piece of hope. I'm arming myself with as much information about chemo and other treatments so that my husband can present the doctors with questions about any possiblities of saving his Dad. Do you think this is wise or do you think that we should leave it all in the doctors hands? I guess we just feel desperate to find anything that will help him. I'm hoping to hear from anyone who can offer some insight. Good or bad. Thanks!