Liver cancer

Hi all - my 85yr old mum underwent bowel cancer surgery in November resulting in a permanent stoma bag - she has done so well accepting this although as yet doesn’t manage it herself I and a morning carer help her as she has very limited feeling in her fingers due to arthritis.   

we have just been told the cancer has spread to her liver and it’s stage 4 - they say treatment would seriously affect her quality of life and are transferring her to pallative care.   

as her main carer I’m now feeling very scared and unsure.  I have so many questions about what progression could look like and what to expect.   She’s very confused but also very much in denial - we are trying to just enjoy every day and take time to do things - I’ve promised her a fun summer ahead and I’ve got a little prepared in that I’ve got a wheelchair so we can get out and about as she tires so very easily and needs a good sleep in the day.   

the prognosis without treatment was vague - I was told about 6 months tho I haven’t as yet shared that with her and may not do so.   But I was also told that’s only an average.   

so many thoughts going through my mind - she lives alone as my dear dad passed away three years ago from blood cancer - I know the last three weeks were the worse but he did have treatment and there was a better idea and plan.    
im hoping the palliative care team will be in touch soon and be able to answer my queries but I thought a carers only support group would be so useful just to help me normalise what’s happening.   I am at present trying to work too as I’m self employed but guessing I may need to reconsider that as I’m already feeling pulled!   

  • Hi  and welcome to the Online Community although I am so sorry to hear about your mum’s diagnosis and prognosis. A cancer diagnosis like this can be a very stressful and challenging time for everyone involved but I do hope you find the community a safe place to get support and ask your questions.

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  • Hi, My mother has recently been diagnosed with liver cancer following bowel cancer in the past. Although we had hoped the bowel cancer was treated, it has returned and spread to the liver and lungs.

    She is currently at home and I am caring for her in as best a way as I can not having medical training. I have had support from the Palliative care team and social services locally, and they are really helpful. It was a few difficult days finding out who to contact and what everyone did, but now we are in the 'system' they are giving us a lot of support.

    At present I am on a break from work but need to go back soon, social services are helping with care and my partner who works from home will help out too. I just wanted to say this is such a difficult situation to be in, wanting to do the best for mum but also not getting so bogged down myself that I am no good to anyone! It's great to find a support group here, and my heart goes out to you Eldestchild as I am on the same pathway as you.x