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sportsmom9433 (@sportsmom9433)

My husband diagnosed w stage4 terminal

Colorectal Cancer | Last Active: Jan 8, 2019 | Replies (14)

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@colleenyoung

@sandrabee, you'll notice that I moved your message to this discussion about Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer. I did this so that you can easily connect with @brenz and @sportsmom9433, who also have partners with stage 4 and have some of the same experiences as you do.

My father also has stage 4 colorectal cancer. He chose to have the aggressive chemo combination you mentioned. After a few months, he decided to stop treatment because he didn't like living with the side effects. We were glad that we had access to palliative care to help him manage the side effects and to keep him comfortable when he stopped treatment. Palliative care is a good option along with chemo and other treatments. Is it available at your cancer center? Was palliative care offered or explained to your husband?

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Hi Coleen, thanks for responding. No pallative care has not been offered or explained to us. I did research it after your email, and will speak to the oncologist about it. We are currently trying to get his care transferred over to Stanford. Just dealing with the insurance since we live in Sacramento and Stanford is 2.5 hours away in the Bay Area. Is pallative care something that his primary care physican can refer him to or does it have to be his Oncologist?