• 4 months 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 months 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.
      • 3 months ago
        January last year I thought I had contracted IBS. Went to my primary care provider and checked stool specimens, no gaillardia or anything else. June I started bleeding from my rectum. Reminded me of my brother who had bleeding hemorrhoids which had to be fixed surgically. I went to the colo-rectal surgeon in August - takes a while to get an appointment. He could feel a tumor up my rectum. About 5 cm long and maybe 2 cm wide, C shaped cross section. Wham, colonoscopy, MRI, CT scan, started radiation and chemo a week later. After 5 weeks I was sick and in pain. Gradually recovered, surgery Jan 3. Pathology showing no remaining cancer. At this point a year later than initial diagnosis I'm recovering my usual daily fitness, not up to speed yet.
        I'm a computer engineer, not in the medical field. The surgeon said the type of cancer I had was curable. I don't know what types of cancer the other people had on this message board.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: colon cancer progression rate?

    When you are on stage 4 with colon cancer it spread very fast like fire, nothing can stop it, Chemo or radiation will not do a thing to help. This is the nature of the disease. The only thing he needs is a Miracle. I have colon cencer stage 3 and God has spare my life with 2 surgery and now I can live. Keep praying that God will heal him.