my mum was diagnosed with colon Cancer at the end of November and they operated to remove the tumor very quickly. However, subsequent scans show that the cancer has spread to lymph nodes in her chest and stomach.
Mum currently lives in Spain and is receiving amazing care. She started chemo yesterday.
What I'm trying to understand is the reality of the situation. It's difficult given the language barrier (altho the interpretors and medical staff are amazing) plus I'm not sure mum and her partner are taking in everything they are being told. They've been told it's at stage 4 but (they've told me) no prognosis has been given.
I've been reading up as much as I can but I'm finding conflicting opinions. I tend to try to work with facts and so I'm trying to understand what stage 4 really means. Is it terminal? (I just need to be prepared, regardless. I don't want to sound cold but I need to feel like I understand what's going on). Or is it a case of there really is no prognosis and I just have to deal with it as and when?