My name is Alex and my 68 y/o father has secondary liver cancer resulting from colorectal cancer. He was first diagnosed with the colorectal cancer (small tumour in bowel) around 2 years ago. In December 2010 he had the tumour removed and it had returned as several Mets to the liver and small nodules on the lining next to the liver December 2011. He was put on chemotherapy. He has been on chemo now for around 3 months, and has completed one course. Today we have just returned from the NHS uk dr who advised the ct scan he just had shows the tumours have grown slightly (but not spread to any other areas) showing the chemo has not worked. They then said there is nothing more that can be done for him other than making him as comfortable as possible.
My father has suffered quite badly in the last few weeks of chemo which really started to take its toll. He maintains though that he feels okay within himself and now just wants to concentrate on building his strength up and exploring other options.
My mother and I are devastated by the condemning nature of the prognosis. We feel that although this chemo hasn't worked there are surely other options to try before giving up.
The dr's said they feel this was the best treatment for him, and given it didn't work and the tumours has increased slightly in size, nothing more is worth trying!!
I appreciate I haven't given you any details of his treatment regime, but I just want to know if anyone out there has also received such a condemning prognosis which turned out to be premature?
We don't want to give up yet and neither does my father. Surely failure of 1st line chemotherapy isn't the final stop on the treatment journey??
Is it worth getting more opinions? Will we just be giving ourselves false hope??
Any advice is most, most welcome.