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Forum Name: Colon and Rectal Cancers

Question: colon cancer & chemotherapy


 susieQ1 - Fri Dec 28, 2007 3:42 pm

My 95 yo relative was diagnosed with colon cancer. He had just had a colonoscopy last year & was told all was clear. After having blood in stool was told he now has cancer. He is confused as to what the dr's complete plan is for him. They first told him they would probably do surgery & he would have a bag. Now they are having him do chemo, low dose everyday for 6 weeks. They told him if he didn't he would have a lot of pain toward the end. The end of what? His life? In your professional opinion does it look as if they may be going to do surgery later? If so, why put him thru chemo. It is making him feel very bad. His children take him for his treatment but no one seems to be discussing this with his oncologist. What do you think? Thanks.
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Sun Dec 30, 2007 9:53 am

User avatar Hello,
I think this seriously needs to be addressed with his oncologist. Treating patients who are old is always tricky. One has to way the benefits versus the dangers of treatment. While his disease stage may be treatable with surgery it could be that surgery is dangerous for him because of his age. That or another finding may have influenced the change in plan.

Colon cancer is not curable through chemotherapy alone.

Best regards,

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