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patriciasquest posted:
Hi,
I'm confused about staging for rectal cancer. My sister has had stage IV rectal cancer for about 5 years now. My other sister, who is a new nurse, just told me that that doesn't necessarily mean it had spread outside of the area, just because it is stage IV, and said I shouldn't believe everything I read on the internet. I thought that stage IV did mean a spread to other organs/tissues.
Unfortunately, after being in the hospital for a month, my sister just found out that her cancer came back and is in her stomach. They aren't letting her leave the hospital because she has an infection in her stomach. Along with being confused about the initial staging, I'm trying to understand her prognosis at this time. She doesn't talk about it and doesn't really even talk much to anyone.now.
I've heard that rectal cancer normally might spread to the liver or lungs. Is the stomach a normal place to metastasis to? I wish there was something that I could do for her.
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