Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
185 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

Suggest treatment for rectal cancer

Answered by
Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :1954

Answered : 4375 Questions

Posted on Mon, 25 Sep 2017 in General Health
Question: My husband has rectal cancer. It has been decided that he can't have surgery, because of COPD and other problems.What options are there for him. He is 85.c
Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 40 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Options are chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or to let it be

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. I am sorry to know about your husband's ailment. However, could you please upload the medical notes which summarize the extent of tumor involvement. Also mention if a histopathological report is available (the one that can say what sort of cancer it is). Based on that chemotherapy or radiotherapy can be attempted.

Let me put the harsh facts before you. Once a cancer spreads (locally, to the lymph nodes, or distant) there is nothing that can be done and it is only a matter of time. In light of his condition you have taken a good decision in not opting for surgery. But in that case, ask yourself if you really need to go for steps that could prolong his life only slightly but would bring down the quality of life quite drastically. You would have to decide about the further course accordingly. In other words, you can simply let it be or you can give it a lost fight.

Let me know if I could help further.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,  
Medical Topics

Recent questions on  Rectal cancer

doctor1 MD

my father is complaining of sticky stools. He was diagnosed with rectal cancer a yaear ago underwent radiotherapy and had a part of his rectum...

doctor1 MD

I know someone who said he went through 4 - 6 weeks of both radiation and chemotherapy for rectal cancer. He had surgery and again is having either...

doctor1 MD

Hi, I had a very short case of genital warts on my scrodum and penis for just a few weeks when I was 17. I am now 42 and have been having some...

doctor1 MD

blood from rectum when I have bowel movement (frequent) bright red probably not over 3 tbsp. but quite a lot more than I've ever seen from...

doctor1 MD

I have had 2 small strokes 1, 2014Nov. 1 May 2015. MRI 2010 showed a white spot on my brain with no answer or solution. Corradas are more than 50%...

doctor1 MD

sir please give me honest answer..can my mom survive..if yes for how long....she is in XXXXXXX N v r in usa.. plz guide us n plz tell us for how...

doctor1 MD

It's been almost a year after having rectal cancer surgery. The surgeon only had approx 1 to 2 inches to reattach my lower part of the colon. I to...