During the time I spent with her in the weeks preceding her death I learned that quite a bit of the colon and her gall bladder had been removed when "the tiny spot of cancer" was seen to. So many details from that time are a blur, so I'm not sure if I read a report about her medical adventures or if maybe her sister gave me the update.
I am guessing when I say Momma 's liver cancer was actually colon cancer metastasized to the liver. Her tumors showed up on some imaging that was part of figuring out what was going on with her heart after the event which took her from a primary care check up to the hospital emergency room. She was not a candidate for any of the usual therapies - no chemo, no radiation, inop ... . She past quickly, within 6 weeks of the diagnosis.
Tommy and I thought we were dealing with the onset of dementia when (exactly a year earlier) we moved her over near him. He noticed her becoming more and more forgetful, sleepy and disoriented frequently, crankier then usual (which I couldn't attest to because she was always short with me). The rapid weight loss was a huge concern to me, she hadn't been significantly overweight before. She chalked it up to having nothing to do but walk (the halls) in the senior living apartments that we found for her. When I saw her I was surprised that her stomach seemed swollen ... I mean she had lost a lot of weight, but she looked like skin and bones and tummy. Plus she slept on her sofa during the day with her feet up on a foot stool and was awake pacing on her balcony during the night (her neighbors told me that when I was staying in her apartment). I couldn't call her without waking her up.
Tommy and I both were concerned about the dementia. I was sad to see her in such a state, but honestly, and somewhat to my shame, I was afraid for how that might be played out in my later years. When I read up on Alzheimer's research I was thinking of myself as much as her. While her heart troubles came on suddenly, the forgetfulness and fuzziness seemed to be progressive. I wasn't really even sure that she wasn't just "playing" with us on the memory problems. When I came to stay with her I knew it wasn't a problem of Alzheimer's, but I was unable to understand the process of her mental shut down. As I research some of the info "out there" on secondary liver cancer I see that her symptoms were textbook.