Dad has Stage IV colon cancer and MS
My dad, 55, was diagnosed with colon cancer stage IV recently. It was all a huge shock for us.
His mom had a malignant polyp removed when she was 53. His grandfather also had colon cancer and was living until the end of his life with a plastic bag.
Even with this background we did not expect it. My dad was diagnosed 2014 with multiple sclerosis. It was so good to finally know the disease. I was happy and sad. Happy because we know it now and he wont die from it. Sad cause he can never be cured.
Because of bowel problems he had a colonoscopy done in December 2017. It was well done and negative. This is the whole reason why colon cancer never crossed our minds before. It is normally such a slow growing disease...
The MS got worse and he was treated with immunosuppressiva. He got 2 new hip joints. So the pain from his hips and MS got better. You can not imagine how nice it was. After some time it finally got better.
From Summer 2019 he had bowel problems. Not much, not unusual from the bowel problems he had from the MS. He was just sitting on the pot for hours. Had diarrhea, then constipation. We thought it could be lactose intolerance, parasite, chronic infection. He never told the doctors or us that he was also passing blood. I think all the treatments before would not be done if the doctor just heard:"Change in bowel habits and blood in stool"
He had a colonoscopy 27th Jan 2020. The cancer is nearly obstructing the lumen of the colon. We got back that it is adenocarcinoma, grade 2 so moderatedly differentiated. The localisation was good for surgery.
The CT unfortunately revealed later that he has 2 liver metastases and a strange looking lymph node around inferior mesenteric a (dont remember it). So my dad is stage IV and developed it in nearly 2 years.
My dads reaction was like "I never had a chance to win against the MS. Now I have" and "Two years ago I was not battling the MS for this"
He do is willing to fight, as much as are my mom, my sister and me.
He is now in the hospital. On Friday he got a bag located before the tumor. When it is healed after approx 10-14 days they will start chemo. The focus is on the liver my dad said. If they would do the surgery first the rehabilitation time will take longer until he can start the chemo.
I am myself in my fourth year of med school. I do understand stuff when I read it. Still when I search for it, it is sometimes not so nice. Even the prognosis differs on wikipedia between the languages (native German speaker but I study in English). Worst thing is the word no cure or palliative...
I do have so many questions. Why do they do this treatment plan? Can you resect the 2 liver metastases? Is their aim even to cure him?
I just wanted to talk to you. I have read so many different posts and you are positive and encouraging.
Maybe you can tell me which side effects of chemo we can expect? Which food was good during your worse days? I dont want him to loose weight during chemo. I know food is not a cure but I believe that good food can have a positive outcome. How is the regimen of chemo? Each week? Does my mom need to think of something? A friend had breast cancer and they were not allowed to have curtains in the house.
I just want to know everything that can help him with surgery and chemo
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