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Colon cancer, edema in legs, swelling around stomach, fluid in lungs. On morphine drip. Prognosis?

My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer 4 months ago. He opted not to go the chemo route. Today he was admitted -- pain, edema in legs, swollen around the belly, fluid in the lungs, etc. to the hospital and they have begun a morphine drip. In your experience, how much time would the average person in this situation have? We do not want him to pass away in the hopsital.
Asked On : Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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Sorry to hear about your dad's condition. Stage 4 colon cancer without chemo has a poor prognosis. The description of his condition also does not look very encouraging. There is very little doctors can do at this stage except for alleviate his pain. In such a condition, survival is usually not for very long (few days - few weeks) but the exact prognosis can only be explained by the treating doctor who is assessing his condition every day.
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