Jan 18, 2004 - 7:49 am
my brother was diagnosed with colon cancer a few months ago at age 39. He lives in California and I live on the East Coast. Over the past couple of months I have been speaking to his doctors to get the truth of what's happening. They removed a tumor and and now starting radiation and chemo. Radiation 5x a week for 6 weeks and chemo 1x a week for 6-8 months. He is a stage 3 and the cancer has gone through his pelvic wall. I was visiting with him a couple weeks ago (for our moms funeral unfortunately) and met with him and his doctors. They told me that he had around 18 months left if he did the treatments he has now started. I have heard/read so many stories about miracles (or lack there of) and am interested in any similar situations. The other advice I would like is this...he currently lives alone. We have 2 sisters but neither live that close to him. Will he be able to manage these treatments alone? I can't imagine him going to a nursing home and although selfish, I'm not sure how I feel about him living with me. I really don't want to watch my brother die in my own house and have my wife and 3 kids see him this way either. I don't even know what he would want. I'm just trying to prepare myself for the future. I hope this is making sense. I just don't know what I should be thinking or doing at this stage. Any comments are welcome.