My mother was told that her primary cancer originated from her rectal tumor. Her initial CT in the ER showed her liver Mets but we did not find out about her rectal tumor until her colonoscopy the next day. They actually could not even advance the scope due to the size of the rectal tumor and had to cancel the rest of the colonoscopy. She has had 5 rounds of only chemo since and her follow up CT scan showed her liver Mets shrunk. However both CT scans did not mention anything about her rectal tumor. My question is how do we know the rectal tumor size now? I asked the oncologist but she said if the liver mets shrunk then the rectal tumor shrunk too. How can she know that if the CT didn’t even mention anything about it? I just feel like these doctors have already given up on her since she’s stage 4.
Daughter to 59 yo w/ Stage 4 Mets to liver & peritoneal
10/1/17 ER trip for GI bleed found rectal tumor (CEA 71)
10/2/17 emergency colostomy (no resection, told tumor inoperable due to Mets found)
10/17 started Folfiri with Avastin (CEA 171)
8/18 CT = liver Mets continue to shrink (CEA 4)
“Chemo for life” hoping for surgery soon