My sweet 87 year old mother was just diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer that has spread to her liver. She also has congestive heart failure with significant mitral valve damage. Due to her age and health, they are not going to put her through the pain and discomfort of treating the cancer. I am so sad, I just can't stop crying, but have done well so far in front of her.
They have given her less than six months. She doesn't know quite how bad it is, but realizes it is serious and that there is no treatment for her.
She has not been in pain until this morning when she compained of pain in her back and stomach. She has also had diarrhea frequently.
Can someone tell me what symptoms she can expect, so I can be prepared to deal with that. I am assuming the cancer will progess to other organs. I'm not sure how soon that will happen and how long she will have a decent quality of life. I just really need truthful answers.
God bless all of you who are having significant health problems. This is so hard.