My dad

March 17, 2017 - 18:06

Hi my dad has recently been diagnosed with bowel cancer which has spread to his liver they told us he has 3 to 6 months is this true or can he live longer it's killing me to know this and watch him every day knowing he has this I have been told that people can live up to 5 years with a diagnosis like this

March 23, 2017 - 11:09

Hi there, sorry to hear about your dad’s diagnosis, this must be very difficult for you. The medical team looking after you dad will use the all the information they have about your fathers cancer to give a prognosis. This news is very difficult to receive and it may help to speak to one of the nurses on the Cancer Nurseline 1800 200 700 Mon- Fri 10 – 4pm. We have some information on our Website here

Cancer Nurse

April 18, 2017 - 10:28

Hi tattoome.. I just read your post and felt I had to reply. My Dad got a similar diagnosis to yours 16 months ago. Stage IV colon cancer with significant spread throughout his livery. We weren't given a time frame but just told his cancer was incurable but he could have chemo to prolong his life. So that's what's happened and during this time he had scans about 3 times to check on the progression of the cancer. It always remained the further spread but no real reduction either. He tolerated the treatment relatively well until the last 2-3 months when the side effects have become more difficult. He called us all yesterday to inform us he had made the difficult decision to stop his treatment now and just have any help the palliative team can offer. Obviously we are devastated but I do understand his reasons..last year he was able to eat,have an occasional pint,go for walks,go on holiday...this year he can't eat,is nauseated 24/7,has a lot of pain,can't taste anything & is fatigued 80% of his day sof enough is enough. My heart breaks for you as I know well the feelings you may have...this is not an easy journey when there is no cure. Ours was a longer road than what some get,what you may get even but for all of us with a diagnosis such as this it's just a case of the long goodbye. Spend as much time with him as you can,that's what I've done and will continue to do. If you ever need to talk I'll be here on and off. I'll keep you in my prayers. Stay strong x