What to expect? metastatic colorectal cancer

Hi all,

My dad has been diagnosed with metastatic colorectal cancer. It has spread to the liver and lungs. Doctors are not giving us much support or details, his eyes turned yellow, body now turning yellow. He is on antibiotics. No appetite, very gaseous, nauseating. What does this mean? What should we expect? Doctors have given up on him, his chemotherapy is more of an experiment rather than treatment. When he gets more sick and goes to emergency they quickly dismiss him and say there is nothing more they can do for him. Is this it? Can anything more be done by Doctors? Will the yellowness go away? Is it the liver shutting down? Will it get worse and if so how? Thank you in advance

  • I don’t know any of the answers but I just wanted to say I am so sorry to hear about your dad. My dad also has just been diagnosed with colon cancer and awaiting further investigations to confirm a spread to the liver. Sending you so much love ️ 

  • Thank you so much for your lovely words. I hope and pray that your dad's cancer is still in its early stages and you can ger the necessary help needed and a complete cure. What we're the signs and symptoms he experienced that led to the diagnosis? Hugs for both you and dad x

  • Hi if I were you I would either get in touch with your Father's GP and ask these questions or the Doctors or Nurse in charge of his care where he was treated ,you could also ring the Nurses on here on the nurse helpline freefone  0808 8004040  Monday to Friday 9-5 weekdays .

  • Thank you I really hope so too. He had no symptoms which is terrifying. A bit of abdominal pain but it was just a routine colonoscopy that confirmed it. Xxxxx what about your dads initial symptoms? 

  • Bless him xx. My dad was in and out of the loo the whole day and especially after a meal. He thought it was normal, it had been going on for years. We tried to get him to see a doctor but he was very stubborn. His diarrhoea was explosive too. He then started getting pains when sitting, this came with bleeding. We were 100% sure it was hemorrhoids. He was in Tanzania when this happened and he scheduled an appointment to get the hemorrhoids removed. Luckily, the doctor was a very experienced doctor and as he was about to perform the procedure he Stopped doubting it was hemorrhoids, took a sample for biopsy and that is when we came to find out it was cancer. It would have gone down a different path!

  • Hey Ralna. How is your lovely dad doing? Just wanted to confirm my Dads cancer has spread to his liver, peritoneum and lymph nodes. He too was abroad (in Bangkok) when he found all this out. They’re much quicker and thorough I find but it’s all very confusing as to what is going on because of the translation issues so we are waiting for him to see someone back home. Sending lots of love x