Dec 28, 2004 - 9:39 pm
My father has colon cancer with liver mets. He was diagnosed in August when the tumour was removed from the colon. The oncologist is now ready to start chemo as the number of lesions has more than doubled though his liver function tests are normal, and the tumour marker has only gone up to 9. He is 65, lives alone has little community support, is sight impaired, doesn't drive and has COPD. the chemo recommended is the usual for this type of cancer. I am trying to have him consider staying with me for the first course or two as we don't know what to expect for someone who already has serious health issues. It seems that the chemo would be worse than the cancer. So many of the side effects have to do with the lungs - oh and he is recovering from shingles too. Any suggestions?