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  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    March 30, 2009
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    March 30, 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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