Sep 28, 2013 - 11:24 am
Hi everyone. My mom is 66 yrs old, not overweight, with controlled hypertension and was just diagnosed with colon cancer with mets to the liver- 4 spots in scattered areas so can't be resected. Then only symptom she had was some blood in the stool and feelings of not completely emptying when using the bathroom. Based on CT, she will need a hemicolectomy to avoid obstruction and then chemo afterward. Her labs have been normal, liver function is normal, no cirrhosis or other disease in the liver and physically she is strong and appears healthy which means she should be fine and recover from the colectomy.
We live way out in the Pacific and my siblings and I have been trying to rack our brains ashouted should do as far as where to go for treatment. Do we let a general surgeon do the procedure at our one local hospital, keeping in mind that it doesn't have a critical care doc or fly her to Hawaii or LA for the surgery. Then do we have her stay there for chemo which I assume may be better or come back to our island to have her do treatment and be with her children? Anyone have thoughts on what to do? My greatest fear is her being away from us to do treatment and losing precious time with her. I'd appreciate any feedback.