softball sized mass removed and metastatic masses in the liver....

My family just had the wind knocked out of us with the diagnosis of stage 4 colorectal cancer in my Mother. She is a 68 yr old with no medical history..... Now it seems like all hell is breaking loose with all these Doctors and all their opinions, but no straight and level answers. The main tumor was removed and found to be the overall size of a softball, but there are still masses on her liver that are going to be "fought". Does anyone know the chances of recovery and quality of life expectations if she goes thru all this really bad sounding Chemo therapy? There are just so many questions that keep running thru my head and I have been looking online to find a bunch of info that is vague...

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May 9

I'm sorry to hear about your Husband Sassy and Ex Michelle. This has been a long journey for me and my Parents. I was able to talk her into Chemo and we had great results and she went into "remission"..... Well that lasted about 6 months, even tho she was on a every 2 week maintenance of Avastin, they found that her Liver Lesions had grown and multiplied again and it had also metastasized to both lungs. :-( I was able to get her to reluctantly go for chemo again but have been supporting her and if/when she decides shes done i will have to honor her wishes. I know that she has quite a bit of time left if she keeps up the chemo regimine but she is very symptomatic and gets very mentally beat down. She is tired of feeling like shit, in her head she isnt sick feeling til the chemo treatments and has wanted to quit in the hopes for quality over quantity of life. Luckily i have medical training and I can keep her as healthy as I can with the help of her oncologist that gives me pretty much what I need to help her. Now it is just live every day as if it is your last and try to keep our chins up..... At least I can show my love by being here to cook and clean for her, so she really can enjoy as much as possible. Best wishes and I hope everything continues to go as good as possible for everyones loved ones or "ex loved ones" (lol @ ex loved ones, just sounds funny)... I'm here if anyone wants to share stories more.

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May 10

Greg,
That is all you can do be there and be supportive. Sometimes mentally it's worse on us than them. We have to stay strong. I know that I have told my husband I will support whatever decisions he makes, quality of life is very important to him, after his surgery he says no more surgery. Hopefully they will put him on maintance chemo. and he will do as well as he has so far.
Sometimes it is hard for me to even get out of bed and come to work, but then I think if he can get up and live each day to it's fullest so can I :) You keep your spirits up and know you have a friend.
Janice

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May 10

Greg,
That is all you can do be there and be supportive. Sometimes mentally it's worse on us than them. We have to stay strong. I know that I have told my husband I will support whatever decisions he makes, quality of life is very important to him, after his surgery he says no more surgery. Hopefully they will put him on maintance chemo. and he will do as well as he has so far.
Sometimes it is hard for me to even get out of bed and come to work, but then I think if he can get up and live each day to it's fullest so can I :) You keep your spirits up and know you have a friend.
Janice

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