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how long can you live with untreated colon cancer how do you die

A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Why Not Rx?: The natural history of untreated colon cancer can include obstruction, perforation, and/or bleeding; any and all of these can lead to death, typically ... Read More

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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Varies: It depends on the location of the cancer. Cancers on the right side cause anemia before causing obstruction. Cancers on the right side are more likely ... Read More
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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Not: Certain but likely short probably in couple of weeks
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Depends: Early stage 1 or 2 colon cancer, if treated with surgical excision, has very high successful treatment chances. Long term survival to a full normal a ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
It depends: Ovarian cancer that is caught early enough can be cured with surgery and you can live a normal life. Ovarian cancer that can't be cured can be treate ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Depends on stage: Deoending on stage and tumor type, if a primary is resected and no mets present one can be cured. If a pancreatectomy is performed and no nodal disea ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
Not long: True "heart cancer" is very rare. It is also called myocardial sarcoma. If it can be removed completely, it can be cured. However, it's often not po ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience Cardiology
Depends on size: With increasing size there is more risk of rupture which is frequently catastrophic.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Tough disease: Adrenal cancer tends to be an aggressive type. Additionally, unlike breast & colon cancer, there aren't many effective drugs to treat it. Consequent ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Survival: It depends on stage. Localized early stage cancer can be curable
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Survival varies: Survival rate statistics vary based on the stage of diagnosis. These are only estimates, not truly how long you will live. All of this should be discu ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
39 years experience General Surgery
Depends on factors: There are a several factors which contribute to survival rate in all cancers, including liver cancer. Is it metastatic or primary? What is the genera ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends: Some cancers, e.g., small cell cancer of the lung can kill in months from the time of initial detection, other cancers are slow growing and a person m ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
32 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Depends: Survival is dependent upon what stage the patient is in at time of diagnosis. If the patient has stage 4 (metastatic disease) at presentation and has ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Quite variable: Stage IV cancer generally means that the cancer has spread from its organ of origin to other organs. How long you have to live depends on where the c ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manoj Reddy
23 years experience Radiation Oncology
Organ failure: Death from cancer can occur in many ways : 1. Organ failure- primary cause of death is due to spread of malignant cells leading to vital organ failur ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Schwartz
51 years experience Endocrinology
Many can live: Normal/ near-normal life spans if: well treated for diabetes/ lack of digestive enzymes and prevent further damage.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Depends: That is a very open ended question. Early stage melanoma has a very good chance for cure whereas advanced melanoma is almost always fatal. Thus the im ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Depends on size: The results with melanoma to brain not encouraging. If detected early and the interval from primary resection long and PET/CAT shows no other lesio ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Even years: Most cancers, apart from field change cancers, tend to start from a single cell which multiplies by division. Some divide very slowly. A small cancer ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Third or 4th decade: Progressive untreated primary pulmonary hypertension often reduces the life expectency to 30-40 years of age. In secondary pulmonary hypertension it ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Idk,depends: It depends on many things- on the type of cancer- slowly growing, fast growing, what is your overall condition, etc. God only knows how long we are go ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Depends: The large majority of breast cancers today are cured. Especially when the cancer is hormonally responsive, i've seen women survive up to 20 years with ... Read More

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