Aug 14, 2011 - 10:46 am
My Mom's only symptom is small amounts of blood in her bowel movements. Not even every time. No pain, etc. (This had been going on for 2 years before diagnosis.)
Given her age and other health issues and the fact that the treatment options are both very difficult for someone her age, wondering about opinions on not having either one done and letting things ride.
Haven't discussed it in detail with the doctor yet so all he's said so far is it's usually a slow growing cancer and additional/worsening symptoms might also be slow. But, eventually there would be spreading, pain, etc.
We are meeting with the Radiation Oncologist this week and after all the reading I've done, I have tons of questions about how appropriate this is for my Mom.
The doctor and I have both said from the beginning that she has three choices (surgery, chemo/rad or doing nothing). I want to share with her the difficulties of radiation so that she can make an informed decision (not an emotional one) before undergoing the radiation because she thinks that's what she has to do.
None of the choices are "good". So hard to say "do nothing" when you know that will ultimately mean death. At the same time, should she go through agony for a few months (or longer as many on here have said)? Something else could take her life during this time as well.
Any thoughts? Experiences with others who have refused treatment?