Mother Has Been Diagnosed With Bowel Cancer

Hello, we’ve just had the news that my 75 year old mother has been diagnosed with Bowel Cancer that has spread to the liver and lungs.

She never had any symptoms and it was only picked up whilst having a blood test for something else.

The consultant has explained that they can operate and hopefully remove the tumour in the bowel, however they will not be able to remove the growth in the liver and lungs with chemo being the only option.

My question is, assuming the operation goes to plan and the chemo works as well as it could be, what could her life expectancy be, best and worst case scenario?

The consultant was understandably cautious about promising timelines as they need to do a biopsy but we are trying to be positive and are thinking best case scenario rather than worst case, although we aware that it could develop quickly despite the chemo.

Thank you.

  • Hello JSK72

    I'm sorry to hear about your Mum's diagnosis. It sounds like it's been a shock to you all and it's understandable that you have questions and concerns. 

    It's positive to hear that the Consultant has been able to offer treatment options for your Mum. As you say, the Consultant will have been cautious in promising timelines as there is no accurate way to give a definite answer to these kinds of questions. Much will depend on the results of the biopsy and how your Mum tolerates the treatment but it's certainly a positive that she's in good health to have been offered these options. 

    Try to keep a positive mindset about what lies ahead as this really does help. If you'd like to talk things through with one of our nurses you're welcome to call them on 0808 800 4040, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. I know they will be happy to listen and offer any advice, information and support they can. 

    Sending you all my best wishes, 
    Cancer Chat moderator