My mom is 82 years old and was just diagnosed last week with recurrent colon cancer. The doctor says it is in her liver as well. He recommended chemo as on option but I am very concerned about whether she can handle it at her age. She is very short and only weighs 77 lbs. She has been very fatigued since they told her this. I read its because of the liver cancer. She also has alzheimers and doesn't really remember from one day to the next what she has. I don't think chemo is the best option for her, but my siblings do. She has her first treatment in 2 days. Guess we can see how she reacts and then stop if she doesn't do well?
It might be best to have a family conference with you, your siblings, and your mother's Medical Oncologist.
Age alone is not a factor in deciding to recommend chemotherapy. Rather, a patient's overall state of health, and their "performance status," are more important than age alone (although extremes of age must still be considered).
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