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What is the life expectancy of a 78 year old, stage 4 colon cancer spread to liver and lungs? having chemotherapy (tablets) but losing weight.

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Survival ?: Stage 4 colon Ca spread to liver and lungs have a poor prognosis unless the degree of liver involvement is small and only a few lung lesions present. The lung lesions can be removed with a thorascope leaving only the liver as the site of spread. Here microwave ablation, chemo embolization or radiolabelled microspheres can then be used. There are several immunotherapy protocols available.
Dr. Alejandro Calvo
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Life expectancy: At 78, with stage IV colon cancer, the survival is about 4-6 months without treatment. With the new treatments combining chemo with biological drugs, survival times are in the range of 24-30 months. With a less aggressive treatment I estimate an AVERAGE survival of 9-12 months. Keep in mind these estimates are just a ball park figure, keep things one month at a time.

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