Dear Carol: My 76-year-old mother is in assisted living and has done well, but her health is now quickly failing. Her appetite has diminished, she has abdominal pain and at times she struggles to swallow. Mom had a piece of her colon removed nearly 20 years ago due to colon cancer so we’re wondering if the cancer has come back. The doctor wants to do an endoscopy and a colonoscopy to find out what’s going on. Mom says no.
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