Hi all, my 75 year old mum was diagnosed with stage 3c bowel cancer back in Feb this year. She had surgery to remove the cancer, then she was recommended chemotherapy as adjuvant treatment as they found a few lymph nodes that had cancer when she had her surgery. After seeing her oncologist they felt she was too frail to do chemo as the risks outweighed the benefits. We did seek a second opinion for peace of mind, and he also felt she was too frail for chemo. It was also my mums decision to not opt for chemotherapy. So we are doing to scans every 3 months to just observe. I suppose I am just wondering the survival rate without her having treatment and the odds of the cancer recurring. Thanks so much
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Thanks so much for replying, I appreciate you taking the time. I will definitely navigate the site to see if I can read others’ experiences that mirror my mums diagnosis and our experience as a family alongside her. We are definitely making sure that she stays positive especially for her own mental health - that also means staying active as both Oncologists really focused on how remaining active helps her whole well being as well as to fight cancer. She had a meningioma 7 years ago which really affected her whole well being so something like a cancer diagnosis would be even more worrisome for her (and of course us). The real take away from her diagnosis is that we can’t let the worries of the future destroy the present.
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.