• 14 days ago

    colon cancer progression rate?

    Hello,
    My grandfather has been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer on Thursday the 6th of July,
    He is currently in the hospital and they have him on Fentanyl and some other drug that starts with an A and is supposed to help keep him comfortable. My family has been told that he has about a week to live, what I don't understand is how this could have possibly progressed this fast seeing how he was at home 10 days ago and totally fine... can someone please explain if this sounds accurate? There was no pet scan done, they did however biopsy the tumor and it proved to be cancerous. Also they claim it has spread to his lymph nodes and liver, I do not know how they came to this conclusion seeing how the pet scan never happened... just looking for some input. Thanks!

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  • 4 days ago

    RE: colon cancer progression rate?

    Hi,

    I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather, I just went through this with my mother. My mother went to the emergency room on November 5th 2016 complaining of stomach pain. She was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and then passed away December 11th 2016. Right up until the point she went to the emergency room, she was working full time. She told us that she thought she had IBS (even though her father had colon cancer) she just didn't want to know the truth. She kept her symptoms from us and we were totally blindsided by it all. So yes, this could happen. However, I don't understand why they didn't scan your grandfather and how they knew it spread? You need to ask his doctor how they came to this conclusion. It took my mom's doctor a week to find just out where the cancer originated. Best of luck to you and your family.