Jul 23, 2007 - 3:56 pm
About two weeks ago, my father-in-law was diagnosed with primary liver cancer. He has a 7" tumor in his liver. The surgeon at Abott NW Hospital told him that because the tumor was attached to a major artery, it was inoperable. He cautiously gave my wife's Dad a life expectancy prognosis of 1-2 years.
My father-in-law visited the oncologist today to discuss other treatment options and during that visit, the oncologist told him he probably had more like two or three months to live. Along with that pleasant news, the oncologist urged him to get his affairs in order and to contact Hospice "While he still had time."
We all are devastated by this news. I feel like the oncologist was way off the mark considering what the surgeon, who is one of two liver cancer experts in Minnesota, had said. I often wonder if people I've known who died from cancer would have lived a lot longer had they not listened to the predictions like this oncologist's.
We were all very hopeful (and I still am) but the wind has gone out of my in-law's sails after today's news. Any positive experiences anyone can share would be greatly appreciated.