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    Hi, my father in law went in hospital on Tuesday to have a tumor removed from his colon. When they opened him up they couldn't do anything as all his vital organs had now been effected. He only had a camera scan 3 weeks ago. How could this have spread so fast and why can't they say what his life expectancy is? Not sure if or when he'll be home.

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     Hi Nancy,

     Thank you for sharing your story with the community. Unfortunately we are not medically trained on the Support Line or here at the Community. I would suggest that the best person to answer these questions would be your Father- in- Law’s surgeon or the people involved in his health care. Many people talk to us about how they feel when the family receive news that they aren’t expecting. It can be a very emotional time for everybody involved and naturally you may have lots of questions which you need to ask.



    We have some information on our website about living with a terminal illness which may help you understand both your Father- in-law’s and your own feelings. We also have practical information which can help you plan ahead: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/terminal-illness


    If you would like to talk about things in more detail please call our Free phone Support Line on 0800 090 2309, or drop us a line via Web Chat: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help


    Best Wishes,


    Marie Curie Support Line  

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