Bev G wrote:Hello, and welcome. I'm sorry your brother (and your family) have gotten this devastating news. It would take many pages to tell you everything about the assessment, management and treatment for stage IV colon cancer. First things first, though. Your brother needs a plan developed that will address fairly immediate needs (chemo) and longer term planning (ie potential for surgical removal of the liver lesions, if they are indeed representing metastatic spread). Surgical resection for metastatic spread is done with curative intent, but getting to that point may take a bit of time, a long time, and sadly, for some folks, surgery never becomes possible. As the plan for your brother is developing, information about this will become clearer.
Some of the 'brain trust" here may stop by and talk about the potential benefit of your brother going VERY quickly put on a drug called Cimetidine. This drug may improve long term outcome. I am not knowledgable enough about this to say more than that.
People may appear in your life out of the woodwork to tell you about miracle cures, from the seemingly innocent to the overtly dangerous (someone here recently was talking about putting their loved one on oral kerosene---deadly...) There are NO miracle cures. If there were, none of us would be here.Your brother's oncologist will almost certainly tell him to eat a diet as normal as possible. There won't be any magical food recommendations. Exercise is undoubtedly good, as he is able to tolerate.
Stay off Dr. Google. Your terror will increase ten-fold if you do too much reading of statistics... your brother is his own population of ONE. It is a very, very tough course, there's no question about that, and the first year is usually quite challenging, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, and it's usually not a train.
As you develop more specific questions, please come back whenever you want and we'll do the best we can to help. In the meantime, don't forget to B-R-E-A-T-H-E, and repeat often. Difficult times are coming, but information is power. While plans are being developed, I recommend you use your reading time to read through the threads on this wonderful board, maybe especially about chemo, liver resection, and other stuff that may become relevant to your brother.
Again, welcome to your new family.
Sending all best wishes,
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