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A Brother's Heartfelt Plea: Seeking Guidance and Support

27 Mar 2023 02:02

Hi Everyone,

I hope this message finds you well. I am reaching out to this community on behalf of my brother, who has been diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer. We are seeking advice or insights from those who have experienced a similar journey, either personally or through their loved ones.

Patient Background:

Age: 36

Sex: Male

No prior chronic medical illnesses

Symptoms: Anorexia, weight loss (over 10 kg), rectal bleeding mixed with stool

Medical History:

Colonoscopy: Sigmoid mass detected 20 cm from the anal verge

Histopathology: Moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma of the sigmoid colon

Imaging: CT and MRI scans revealed extensive hepatic metastases and suspicious lung nodules

Staging: T2/3, N1, M1

Treatment Plan:

Genetic testing for KRAS and MSI

Palliative chemotherapy: FOLFOX + bevacizumab, followed by evaluation


As we navigate this challenging time, we would greatly appreciate any advice, insights, or personal experiences that you may have to offer. Specifically, we are interested in the following:


How did you or your loved one cope with the emotional and physical challenges of metastatic colon cancer and its treatment?

What side effects did you or your loved one experience during treatment, and how were they managed?

Were there any complementary therapies or lifestyle changes that helped during the treatment?

How did you navigate discussions with the healthcare team, and what questions did you find most important to ask?

Are there any resources, such as informative websites, that you found particularly helpful during your journey?

We understand that every individual's experience is unique, but hearing your stories will help us better prepare for the challenges ahead and make informed decisions about my brother's care. Thank you in advance for your support and for taking the time to read and respond to our inquiry.



A Brother's Heartfelt Plea: Seeking Guidance and Support

29 Mar 2023 15:38 in response to CancerWarrior_23

Hello CancerWarrior_23,

I'm sorry to hear about your brother's diagnosis. If you like to more details on advanced colon (or bowel) cancer, you can here. There is plenty of information regarding treatment and ways of coping with side effects as well as practical support. Examples of complementary treatments available can be found here, but I'd encourage your brother to speak to his medical team who may know more about what's available in you area. Bowel Cancer UK also offers support and information. If you or your brother would like to speak to our team of cancer nurses, you can have a confidential chat with them on the freephone 0808 800 4040. Lines are open from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

I hope these pages will be useful for you and that Cancer Chat members in a similar situation will reach out with their experiences.

Best wishes,

Moderator Anastasia