In October 2008, my father was diagnosed with cancer. He had metastases in the liver, the lungs and one rib. He underwent numerous examinations and tests, including colonoscopy, gastroscopy, liver biopsy, X-rays and scan. The source of the cancer was not identified. The doctors refused to give him chemotherapy for two reasons: first, they did not know what type of cancer he had and second, they said that since his liver was very damaged, chemotherapy might harm him more than help him (they said that it might even kill him). He is now in hospital for palliative treatment. Is this all that modern medicine can do? Is it still possible to do something for him? Is it common that the source of the cancer is not known? Please help! He is 66 years old!
My 26 friend was just diagnosed with cancer...so i'm no expert. She said 20% of cases are called 'train wrecks' meaning they are unidentifiable as to what kind they are because it's found all over in the body. Hers is just that unfortunately. Talking to a nurse & my doctor friend there is chance for treatment but slim chance; chemo may do more harm and most times they just continue to provide pills for the pain & try to make them comfortable. I am continuing to ask questions since it's not common to know where it originated but it does happen.