About 8 months ago, my father (who is 57) had an episode of which he noticed a large amount of blood in his stool. He scheduled a colonoscopy, but then his symptoms stopped, so he cancelled the procedure. I tried to get him to go in anyways, but, as we all know, people tend to be stubborn, especially when it keeps them in the dark in relation to a potentially deadly disease.
Fast forward to this past Friday - he has been suffering from blood in the stool again, causing him to go to the bathroom every few hours to evacuate the blood in his colon. His general practicioner advised him to get it checked out but told him it could just be internal hemorrhoids. While this is true, he, in my opinion, did not place enough emphasis on getting checked out as soon as possible. I badgered him as much as I could, and ended up all but physically dragging him to the doctor.
When he finally got in there, my fears were confirmed: he has colorectal cancer. A mass was found 25cm into his sigmoid colon, and it was fairly large. A few polyps were taken care of while they were down there, and they then ordered an X-ray of his chest and a CT scan.
X-ray came back clear. CT scan showed a small spot (2 cm, I’m not sure how truly small that is in relation to the grand scheme of things) on his right lobe of his liver, and one lymph node was slightly enlarged in his groin area. To my knowledge, everything else (pancreas, stomach, rest of intestines, etc) were clear.
Upon switching doctors due to people dragging their feet, we are meeting with a liver doctor tomorrow (Wednesday) who will be able to tell simply by looking at the CT scan whether or not the spot on his liver is cancer. My gut says it is, and I’m praying that the first doctor didn’t miss anything on the scan, and its not in both lobes…which would be bad.
Assuming that goes as it should, meeting with colorectal doctor/oncologist Thursday, and then he is scheduled for surgery Friday.
Im sorry for typing so much about this, I wanted to give as much info as possible I guess, and I guess its a way to confront this stuff too.
But I have a request from some of the people on this board.
As you can imagine, I want to stay completely on top of this, and do everything possible to bolster his chances of beating this into the ground. While I do have some knowledge of what might be helpful, I am asking that if anyone has any experiences with any nutritional therapies, new research, special cancer centers, experimental therapies, ANYTHING which you’ve come across to show chemoprotective properties, then please, share them with me. Anything in terms of diet, medications, things to ask your doctor to do, frequency of follow ups, etc.
If you have anything to share, anything you feel “in the know about”, please do so.
I know there is a lot of stuff out there which is supposedly great. Some stuff looks quite fishy to me. I am doing my own research, and this is just one facet of that.
So guys, if you have any tips or information you’d like to share, please let me know.
I would appreciate it more than you can imagine. This is the most stressful thing I’ve ever gone through, and I’m scared to death.
Thanks in advance.
PS: By the way, I learned from him that he has had some blood in his stool (I’m not sure how much - enough, though- and I’m not sure how frequent) for probably 2-5 years. Of course, he convinced himself that it was just “one of those things.” So please, as is drilled into our heads on a daily basis, if you notice anything strange about your health…get checked out.