Nov 27, 2012 - 12:00 pm
Hey everyone I hope the Holidays were great for all of you. I have a question and am hoping some of you can help me out. My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer with a met to the sacrum and suspicious spots in the liver and lung in June of this year. The original oncologist had a plan which was utilize radiation to shrink the sacral met and then go through 15 sessions of chemo, reevaluate and go for surgery. There was one hitch my moms catheter continued to get infected. She suffered from blood infections throughout her 4 sessions of chemo and in Sept she was hospitalized. She was down from 150 pounds to 120 pounds at this time. She recovered from that infection and is healthier than she was in June of this year. She met with the urologist and corrected the issue with the catheter and had no infections since then. During her recovery she became upset by her old oncologist and decided to go a new route.
She left a pretty big medical center and went to a small local hometown hospital not really known for its care. The new oncologist did scans last week. He looked at the scans and said this is not good... it is in your sacrum and you have spots in your liver and lung. My mom said yes that is the same as where I had them in June. He told her he suggested no chemotherapy. He said with Chemotherapy there was a chance she would end up back in the hospital with an infection again. My dad told her the previous oncologist said the chemo did not place her in the hospital it was the blood infection from the catheter. My mom was having problems when she would eat. She would get coughing fits which would cause her to vomit. This was a month ago. This same doctor told her it was more than likely a partial obstruction without ever doing a scope. My mom was taking a pill to reduce the acid in her stomach and noticed when she took the pill she would gag a short time later. She stopped taking the pill and for the last 4 weeks has not thrown up at all. And has been eating like a horse. My mom has not had chemo since her blood infection in Sept. This doctor said to her it is obvious by your blood work the cancer continues to spread. And pointed out that her CEA went from 30-60 in the last month.
My mom asked this doctor how long she had to live. His reply was well you are in no danger of dying anytime soon. I am not god so it could be between a year and 2 years depending on the speed of the tumor growth.
At the moment me and my dad are very confused. She has scheduled an appt to go back to her previous oncologist and meets with him on Monday. She plans on resuming Chemotherapy now that the infection issues have been resolved. I am very confused at how two doctors could differ so much in opinions.