My mom was diagnosed in May '07 w/Colon Cancer. She started Chemo and Radiation treatments and by January '08 needed surgery to have a colostomy b/c of a stricture of the rectum and a botched procedure that we were told shouldn't have been done. The surgeon informed us it was Stage IV but had removed the "mass" during surgery. I have been told it is now in the lymphs around her lung but I feel the dr's aren't being straight with me. I don't know if my mother has told them not to be or if they aren't being completely straight with her either. I was told then she was in remission but they have never seen it last more than 5 yrs and there won't really be anything they can do when it comes out of remission. Can anyone give me any information that seems would be missing. I realize all cases are different and they comend her for her positive attitude and the Radiation Dr. said she should have died w/in a year but the surgery stayed that (thank god). I just always end up feeling like I'm not being fully informed b/c things just don't seem to add up from what I'm told to things I find doing research. I have a PET scan from her (pre-surgery) and if what they say about cancer "lighting up like a christmas tree" is right then there are a lot more areas than just the colon area and lung area lit up.View Thread
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