Topic: worried about cancer spreading - please advise
hi, i have posted on this site before and i would firstly like to thank you for organising such a useful resource.
my dad is 61, diagnosed with cc july 05 - had resection in autumn of last year and we were told that all the cancer had gone. my dad has just had a ct scan this wk which picked up enlarged lymph glands (not around primary site but elsewhere as lymph nodes around primary site were removed). they think this could be due to an infection - my dad has a raised temp and so has been prescribed anti biotics, however there appears to be some concern that the swelling could be due to cancer cells in the glands. I am so worried. my dad goes to see the dr on monday to discuss the situation. I feel plunged back down into a state of despair, i hope that it is just infection however i am worried. the dr my dad is now seeing is not the surgeon who performed the op as we live too far away to visit him regulary. the dr he is seeing now is quite negative - he keeps saying things like 'it is highly likely that the cancer will come back' 'you cannot be cured from this type of cancer' and 'if there is anything that you really want to do do not put it off' etc..etc..
has anybody out there got any experience of problems with the lymph nodes? - what could this mean? i feel quite strongly that my dad does not need all this negativity from this dr, it is not helping. Also if he feels so strongly about the likelyhood of the cancer coming back should he not be referring my dad to an oncologist? - he seems to take the attitude that chemo does not work and is not even worth trying.