Treatment for metastasis with a stoma.

Hello. I'll keep this short and sweet. My friend has bowel cancer that has spread to liver, lungs and pelvic bone. Just diagnosed and as they have a stoma the side effects of chemo make it a difficult option if an option at all. Has anyone had other treatment that has been successful to any degree? There is money to spend if proven to help quality of life and life expectancy.... desperate for options as prognosis is very poor at present. 

  • Hello, and thanks for your post,

    I am sorry to here about your friend. I can understand you want to do all you can to help them.

    Everyone's cancer is so very different and doctors take a much more personalised view in deciding what treatment a patient can or cannot have. Many more tests are done on biopsies. We don't have doctors here who can give a medical opinion but I do suggest that your friend talks through their options with their team  and maybe consider getting a second opinion.

    Talking to their team is their best option. They have all their scans and have all the information on their type of bowel cancer.

    You can see how treatment decisions are made here and how they would consider getting a second opinion here

    There maybe also the option of a clinical trial. We have a database that lists trials that we are aware of and have permission to put on our website but we are not involved in recruiting patients on to trials. Trials are not always straightforward and they usually have strict entry requirements but this may be something that your friend may consider if their doctor thought that there was a suitable trial.

    In order to enter a trial your friend would need to be referred by their doctor to the doctor where the trial was taking place.

    You can see trials for bowel cancer here

    I hope that some of these links maybe helpful. if you or your friend would like to ring and talk any of this through then you are more then welcome to do so.

    Our helpline number is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and we are here Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

    all the best,