Dear Youngsetson.... It is so hard for someone to suggest to you wheter chemo is the way to go or not. Your family and primarily your Mom has to make that decision. You need to take in account her age , health overall, what has she been through already, and mostly does she want quality of life vs quanity. At 80 years of age it would be a tough thing for myself personally to push or encourage chemo treatment. I would have to say Mom here is the cold hard facts and see what she wants to do. I personally knew a lovely lady who had CC at age 70 who decided not to do chemo and when she turned 79 the doctors and family encouraged her to start, as it had advanced so far. So for 9 years she live a pretty good life; pain medication and high protien diet. In fact I remember her at age 78 shooting basketball hoops with her great grandson of 3 yeatrs old. But once they started chemo it took it's toll on her body very quickly just like it does on anyone. She did not make it to her 80th birthday. Everyone thought because she got around like a spring chicken she was tough enough to handle it. But as we all know or maybe should know ,as the years go by our bodies start working against us (old age). Your skin gets thinner, bones more brittle, muscles weaken, organs work harder. There are many books out there about Old age and Dying you might want to take a peak at before deciding. I don't know if this post is of any help to you, but I would rather tell it like it is (my opinion and some facts of life) than not say anything at all. I 'm sorry your Mom has to go through this at her age or any age. I wish you all God's strength through the trying times ahead.
P.S. Chemo in most cases is considered palliative treatment not a cure. There are exceptions and miracles do happen. Hope is always there! If >>>>>I WAS 80 YEARS OLD<<<<< and know what I know today as far as chemo goes I would not do chemo. I guess that's why we have the freedom of choice and have advance medical directives accomplished. God Bless!
Take it to the Limit,One More Time! (Eagles)