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Wife diagnosed with bowel and liver cancer. What will happen

1 Dec 2021 13:22

Hello all firstly what an amzing chat and reading the good and bad has helped me alot.

So my wife was told yestaday she has bowel and liver cancer its to big to operate on and may have spread too lungs as well waiting on second ct scan and results on th dna of bowel

 MY Q is  they want to try cemo starting ASAP  but by not removing cancer does this mean she will end up "passing" no matter what. i didnt like to ask the qustion in front of her and it isnt how shes thinking nore me but id like to no her odds.

 

Wife diagnosed with bowel and liver cancer. What will happen

1 Dec 2021 18:41 in response to farmer78

Hello farmer78,

                         l am really sorry to hear of your problems,its never easy and highly distressing for both of you.Before going further l should say l am no expert,just a recovered former recipient of bowel and liver cancer,and because we and our cancers are unique,you can only generalise up to a point,so obviously her consultant is the go to person for more precise answers.

Obviously they will want to go to chemo asap to see if firstly it will control the spread,secondly to see if it will shrink the existing tumour,which might possibly allow for surgery along the road,although tumour positioning on the liver might preclude this possibility.l had chemo and radiotherapy within six weeks of my diagnosis which was pre surgery

If the chemo proves a control but surgery is still not possible,then it opens up the possibility of control which stops further spread and allows for a future life, so control not cure.There are a good number of people that have found themselves to be in this position and have carried on with their lives albeit as a "new normal" so hopefully some on this forum will post in and attest.

My own new normal has been a seven year journey which has seen me continue to farm cattle and sheep,build a new house and get around any remaining problems to reduce them to such a slight faff its irritating they just do not depart.The human mind and body is truly a wonderful thing and should never be underestimated.

Hopefully in the near future everything will become clearer,and that the chemo is a success and well tolerated,its a long haul but worth the deepest pit of dispair for a chance of a second beginning,

take care, 

                     David

Wife diagnosed with bowel and liver cancer. What will happen

1 Dec 2021 19:41 in response to gruntifen

Evening David

 

Thank you for you reply what a journey  you have had but so nice to read there is hope.

Wife diagnosed with bowel and liver cancer. What will happen

2 Dec 2021 00:51 in response to farmer78

In April I had a diagnosis of stage 4 colon cancer which had spread to the liver.  8 cycles of chemo later and the cancer can no longer be detected with scans.  Surgeon also can no longer see the tumour in a colonoscopy and so I seem to have dodged surgery thanks to the chemo alone.  It's different for everyone but support your wife, stay upbeat and ask the oncologist lots of questions so you know what's going on.  All the best to you and her.

Wife diagnosed with bowel and liver cancer. What will happen

2 Dec 2021 08:10 in response to Sophrosyne

Morning Soprosyne

 

Thank you for reply thats amazing newes and does give me hope for the furture 

 

Thank you x