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TN3 cancer

2 Jan 2018 10:34

my Mam has just been informed she has tn3 throat cancer on top of that she also has COPD  ,theres so much confusing imformation on the internet, she is been fed by a tube and is not strong enough to go for any treatment (they did say they would give her 1 blast to try and shrink it but she isnt strong enough even for the journey  ) can you pleae give me any advice on this and the any sort of time scale i would hate to see my mother suffering the whole family are devastated .Thanks in advance any help out there ??

Re: TN3 cancer

3 Jan 2018 10:50 in response to jghftm1

Hello Jghftm1,

Thank you for posting on Cancer Chat.  I am sorry to hear that your mam has cancer as well as COPD.

There is so much information on the internet that it is difficult to know what could be helpful.  Therefore it would be useful for you to know what exact type of cancer she has.  I say this because there are a few different types of cancer that can affect the throat area, such as cancers of the larynx or oesophagus. We have more information about this here    Knowing more about her cancer may help you have a better understanding of your mam’s situation. 

I think from what you say that your mam is not able to have treatment. All cancer treatment has side effects and it is sometimes not possible to treat some people if there is a concern that it will do more harm than good.  It is very natural to want to know what will happen to your mam but it is only her specialist doctor or nurse who will know about her situation and how her cancer may progress.  You could talk with them about this, you may need permission from your mam.  Unfortunately no one can give a definitive time scale but the team involved with her can recognise how the cancer is affecting her and give more information that will be useful for you and your family.

I wonder if your mam is at home and has been referred to a community nurse team such as palliative care or Macmillan.  These nurse led teams can be really helpful at a time like this and provide expert advice on symptom control and support.  We have more information about the care of people with advanced cancer at home  here  A referral to these services can be done by the GP or specialist nurse at the hospital. 

I hope this has been of some help. Please do get back to us if you have any more questions or call us on 0808 800 4040. We are here from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Take care