Family History Of Colon CancerI do not have colon cancer but I just found out my dad does. My dad is 48 and has probably had this cancer for a year or 2, but we could not convince him to see a doctor until now. His dad (my grandpa) was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 45 and he lived to be 58. This was back in the 80's before we had all of the technology we have now. By the time my grandpa discovered he had cancer he was in the last stages. He survived solely on surgeries, and medication. He also had a colostomy bag for 8 years and was always in the hospital.
I have seen the 3D images of my dads tumor and it is large. We have know idea what stage he is in or if the cancer has spread beyond the colon. We won't know all of the details for a few days. They have mentioned to my dad that he may have to take chemo and radiation but as of now they have not mentioned a colostomy bag. My dad wants to refuse the chemo and radiation because of all the side effects, but he will do surgery. I am so scared he is not going to take the treatments. Different members of our family have to accompany him to doctor visits because he will not tell us what the doctors say and we are afraid he'll hide things from us. He didn't even want the doctor to tell us he had the cancer but the doctor did anyway and my dad got mad. I'm just praying this all goes well. My dads to young to just die and I feel it's selfish of him in a way to refuse treatment and not care about leaving his family behind. I know watching my grandpa live with cancer and seeing all of the things he had to go through has traumatized my dad.
I have also had many other distant family members suffer with colon cancer ( all before the age of 50) so I will make sure I start checking myself at an early age,I am 27 now.
Prayers for All of you battling colon cancer or who have lost a loved one due to colon cancer!!
MushroomFairyDust 26-30, F 6 Responses 1 Oct 11, 2011