This is my first time writing but i have read many discussions already. My name is Belinda and im 25 and from Australia, just two weeks ago my dad was diagnosed with colorectal cancer with metatsis to the lungs. It was such a huge shock initially being told that he has cancer (its such a scary word) but to second the blow he is at stage IV already. He had been having tests for the last 18 months, which include colonoscopy, gastroscopy, xrays, ultrasounds and bloodtests. But the tumor was unfortunatly not detected. He admitted himself to hospital and got a CT scan done which was the test which made the doctors look again, the rest is history.
He has not had surgery to remove the tumor because the surgeons believed a stent was the better option to open his bowel up, which will give him a quicker start to chemotherapy. I think he is starting next week.
I guess I am looking for advice from people in the same boat because I am not sure what to expect and how to handle all of this. It is still a new thing to get my head around. I have family and friends to support me but its not the same as someone who has been through it or someone experiencing it now.