What kind of bleeding, from where, how long and how much.? Is she in active treatment? Has she had recent surgery? Without additional specific information, if is difficult to offer any suggestions. I'm not sure what it is you are trying to cope with. Are you her caretaker or is it emotional concerns you have regarding your Mom's health?
Colorectal (Colon) Cancer Questions
Bleeding and Colon Cancer
Asked by saphire_51 on Saturday, December 8, 2012
Bleeding and Colon Cancer
My mom has started having a lot of bleeding lately. Is this normal? Her doctor says it's to be expected but another doctor said she wouldn't have bleeding. Mom is 92, diagnosed May 3rd of this year. How do I cope with this?
4 Answers from the Community
I'm with nancyjac on this one. You haven't told us enough...
Has she had surgery to remove the tumor or she awaiting surgery or are they not going to operate because of her age? I had bleeding before surgery because the tumor was obstructing my bowel and was irritated and began sloughing off when I went to the bathroom...but that was the warning symptom that sent me to the doctor in the first place. Once I had the surgery and resection, I had no more bleeding. Surgeon told me that I should call immediately if I did have any bleeding.
Once the resection was completely healed, I began chemo and no, I have never had any bleeding since...thank goodness!
Mom has colon cancer, I suppose there was some bleeding before but not much. It's been a couple of weeks since I got a call from the rehab she was in saying she was bleeding, I had them send her to the ER and then she was admitted for other things and no one mentioned the bleeding again.When she was ready to go back to rehab from the hospital, she had a lot of blood coming out of the rectum. This is when I first saw it. After a few hours it stopped and I thought it was over, but today and a week later, it was there again and a lot of it. It's now almost 1:00 am and she still has it. I guess it comes and goes and in different amounts. Mom is 92, I haven't found a doctor anywhere to treat her cancer.
She's to old for surgery or chemo I'm told. I can't get a referral to an onocologist which has been sad as even 6 months ago, the tumor hadn't spread, now it's in the lymph nodes. What I'm trying to cope with is the bleeding. I never liked the site of blood and now I have all this blood to clean up. Mom was in an auto accident about a month ago and has two broken legs on top of all this. I'm afraid to move her because I don't want to know what's underneath her. Mom could end up in a nursing home if I can't help her and I guess I just want to know if this is really normal or something that no one will look into because of her age. If it's so normal, then why did the nurse at rehab send her to the ER? If this is normal I had better figure out a way to handle all this blood loss without feeling sick like I feel right now. I am her daughter and caregiver.
Thank you for that additional information. Now I believe I understand the situation. Your Mom is on palliative care. What this means is that she is being kept as comfortable and pain free as possible. No effort is being made to cure her, just keep her comfortable for her remaining time. This is something that she should have been advised of and agreed to at some point in the past. Age may be an indirect factor, but her overall condition and health appears to be such that she wouldn't survive the treatment.
Given her current condition and your limitations, a nursing home sounds like it would be an excellent option for her, if financially feasible. You could also ask for a referral from her rehab center for in-home nursing care to have someone come daily that is trained in moving her to care for her without damaging her.