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how long does colon cancer take to spread

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
45 years experience Hospital-based practice
Depends: It depends on the type of cancer, vicinity of the organs, whether being treated or not.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ly Phan
Dr. Ly Phan answered
21 years experience General Surgery
Depend : All depends on what stage the cancer is at time of diagnose and treatment.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Varies. ~10yrs: In general, we think about 10 years. Hence the "standard" colon screening recommendation (by colonoscopy) of every 10 years if the colon is well prepp ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Gold
43 years experience Internal Medicine
It depends: Every tumor is different in it's rate of growth an even it's potential to spread so there is no hard and fast rule to answer this question.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Controversial: Colon cancer would start as microscopic cells that are unable to be detected by any test. Some reports suggest that a colon cancer has been present fo ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
Variable: Nobody knows this answer, because some patients have metastasis at diagnosis, and some don't, even with the same tumor size. I would think it would be ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Roughly one year: The immunogenic tumor protein, a post translational modification of MUC5ac is found in most colon Ca. When polyoma enters bowel to form a field eff ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Many years: Patients can present with stage-4 colon cancer. This takes many years(10+) years to evolve. But early colon cancer treated with surgery can alter rela ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
29 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Years....we think.: Every individual tumor is different. The "teaching" is it takes 5 years for a polyp to undergo malignant change (turn into cancer) from there, it depe ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Good question but: ..Impossible to answer with certainty. Different cancers will behave differently so the real focus should be to detect the cancer early or even before ... Read More

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