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Diagnosed stage 4 colon cancer, blocked bile duct in liver. No chemo done. Patient condition?

My brother is age 53 and one year ago was told he had stage 4 colon cancer.Things have gone farily well until now.He has a blocked bile duct in his liver which can not be opened.When I try to get a straight answer from the doctor I m told that things are week to week. May I assume the worst or are there things that we should be looking into.Also, he s not received any chemo for three weeks,doctors say his number are not where they need to be.I guess to sum it up I wonder where are we with this?
Asked On : Fri, 14 Dec 2012
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Very sorry to hear about your brother's condition.
There are five stages of colon cancer (0-4).
 Stage 4 colon cancer is the most advanced cancer stage. In general, stage 4 colon cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes and other parts of the body. Common destinations include the liver and the lungs.This is called as metastasis.
Since bile duct is blocked it means cancer has spread to liver also.
Chemotherapy is given till your body is able to tolerate it.
Most likely the WBC count is down,that's why the chemo has also been stopped.
There is no other possible treatment at this stage except taking good care of your brother emotionally and nutritionally.
Best of luck

Answered: Sat, 15 Dec 2012
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