We just found out that my dad's recent PET scan shows metastasis in one lymph node of his liver. This after a liver resection and lung wedge earlier this year.
The oncologist is talking to the surgeon, but he's already said that he doesn't think it's operable (or wouldn't be worth it, given the likelihood that it will just return elsewhere ).
What now? Has anyone experienced cancer spread to one liver lymph node like this? Everything I've found online about lymph node involvement makes me think the prognosis is pretty bleak, but I can't find this specific situation. I'm wondering how this type of situation is typically handled in terms of treatment options, so that I can try to mentally prepare myself and my family for what's ahead. For now they are talking about starting chemo right after Christmas.
DD dx Dec.2012, age 57, Stage I CRC
2013/01 complicated resection
2016 summer/fall CEA slowing rising...(2.1, 2.8, 3.1)
2016/12 scan shows "something" on RL of liver; fna biopsy ordered
2017/01 confirmed 1 met to liver (1.5x2 cm); Stage IVa; cea 3.1
2017/02 5mm node on lung
2017/03 liver resection
2017/05 wedge resection of lung node
2017/09 CEA rising....5.6, 8.9...
2017/12 pet confirms cancer is back in hepatic lymph node