• suenivy suenivy
    March 27, 2009
    How long can you live with colon cancer?
    suenivy suenivy
    March 27, 2009

    My mother has colon cancer. What will she go through? What kind of life expectancy can she have?

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  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    March 29, 2009
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    March 29, 2009

    I'm sorry to hear of your mom's diagnosis.  I wish there were a simple answer to your question.  There are so many variables, such as what type of colon cancer, what stage it is in, her overall health prior to the cancer, etc.  The American Cancer Society has an excellent guide to colon cancer that should answer many of your questions and give you an idea of things you need to ask her doctor about.  Here's a link to their guide:  http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/CRI_2_3x.asp?dt=10

     

    If she hasn't already done so, your mom might want to consider giving you or another family member a medical power of attorney.  This would enable you to make medical decisions for her if she were unable to do so and would also give you the right to talk to her doctors on her behalf.  My mother did this for me when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Here's a link to a Medical Power of Attorney form if you're interested in looking into it:  http://www.expertlaw.com/library/estate_planning/medical_power_of_attorney.html

     

    If your mom has been given a terminal diagnosis, I would also encourage you to contact the hospice program in your area.  It is a phenominal service.  They will do more for her than you could ever imagine.  If you'd like to know more, just let me know and I'll be happy to share more details with you. 

     

    I wish the very best for you and your mom.


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  • MARIJO48867 March 30, 2009
    MARIJO48867
    March 30, 2009

    Hello, My mother had colon cancer in 2000. they did a coloscopy amd she went through radiation. they said it was stage 4 cancer. Well, it is now 2009 and I still have my mother. She was a nurse before and I think that helped. And she did everything her doctors told her to do. She even had a reverse colonoscopy so she no longer has a bag to worrry about. Try to give her hope, and remember, Cancer is not always a killer.

    If you need more infor e-mail me at MJB48867@msn.com.

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