Hi, I am a Breast Cancer girl and don't know much about Colon cancer but just found out today that my mom was diagnosed with what sounds like a pretty bad mass in her sigmoid colon.
I am really only familar with the Breast Cancer doctor talk - and since my mom lives in another state I am trying to decipher this second hand.
In BC if we say "metastasis" it can mean it went to a lymph node, and then when it went to other organs the BC docs say "distant" metastasis.
BUT- I have been trying to read up on colon cancer and found that when the docs say "metastasis" with the colon it means stage IV.
Here is what the happened:
She never had a colonoscopy before- she is 73. Yes- I have been telling her for YEARS to have one. I just got her to get her first mammo last year too. She has symptoms of pain, a feeling of fullness, cramping and bleeding that she attributed to hemmeroids.
So they start the colonoscopy and they can't get the instrument past a blockage so they send her for a "virtual" colonoscopy. There they found a large mass with a couple of lymph nodes involved. The doctor said that it looks like metastasis. Then he said there was something "attaching" it to her ovary.
He said she has to go on Tuesday to meet with the surgeon and that she will be in the hospital for about a week and it is about a six week recovery time...
Now you guys know a lot- this sounds BAD. This doesn't sound like maybe a resection and maybe some chemo... this, to me, sounds like advanced stage.
What do you think? It is really hard not having all the information here.
Any info you can give me would be appreciated.
Thank you so much.
PS I have been reading some of your posts- glad to see that Avastin is tolerable as they are giving that to advanced stage BC girls now too.