Oct 31, 2011 - 10:29 pm
Hello all- I just found this resource so I would love to ask all of you some questions. My mom has had quite the last 15 months. Aug 9, 2010, she was diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer. In the same scan, they discovered breast cancer. It was stage 3 with the Her2 nue/ positive gene. The breast cancer was worse so they treated for that. After 6 mos of the CAT regimen and another 30 radiation treatments, we thought we would be mostly on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, she started losing blood and so they found another type of cancer in her colon. ( I know that seems hard to believe but yes, three different types in less than a year). This last colon cancer was very aggressive (mutinous adenocarcinoma). It had grown to 11 cm and through the colon wall in less than 11 mos. We found out on sept. 22 that it had spread to her peritoneal cavity and was now diagnosed as stage 4 carcinomatosis.
Her oncologist has given her very little time (march or April next year). He also says she is not a candidate for the cytoreductive surgery. The chemo regimen has been 5-FU and lucovourin only. Strictly palliative in nature. All the research I have done has really led me to believe that we have no other options but when I read this board, it seems all of you are having more aggressive treatments. Now, mom is not in the best health anyway. She is only 71 but is diabetic, and the first round of chemotherapy/radiation was really tough on her. However, I want mom around as long as possible. What are your thoughts? It is hard to compare each diagnosis but I have to wonder if there is more we can do.