Thank you very much for your question.
It is difficult for many of our bowel cancer patients when they are told there are secondary cancers present, asking certain questions may make it feel too real or too pessimistic, but being informed is important for both you and your family.
Lung and liver tumours are often dealt with by Oncologists as a long term management plan due to the fact that they can not remove the tumours altogether, aiming for the tumours to remain small in size and limiting further growth or spread.
Further information on lung and liver tumours is available on the Bowel Cancer Australia website:
Advanced Bowel Cancer Information
Secondary Liver Cancer Information
Secondary Lung Cancer Information
I do believe it is important to have a very open and honest dialogue with your Oncologist, and ask:what they believe is to be your next step? how long the chemotherapy will be administered?are there any further therapies he/she would consider (such as SIRT therapy used for liver tumours)?
Further information on SIRT therapy is available on the Bowel Cancer Australia website at: Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT).
Your doctor, Oncologist and/or Gastroenterologist will always be happy to discuss any concerns with you, and it may help stop your mind from racing with too many unanswered questions.
Further information on treatment options and questions you might like to to ask your Oncologist and Gastroenterologist are available on the Bowel Cancer Australia website at: Putting your treatment plan together.
We hope we have been assistance, and answered your question. Please do let us know if you have any further questions.
Wishing you all the best for your ongoing treatment.
Bowel Cancer Australia Nurse Advisor
Please Note: Bowel Cancer Australia's Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory services are subject to the following disclaimer.
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