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What is the difference in the various stages of colon cancer?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Survival, but.....: Used to be, the short answer was simply survival risk with stage 1 having the best prognosis and stage IV the worst. While stages 1/2 still have the highest survival rates but improved surgical techniques and chemotherapy and i'd add lifestyle changes, have leveled the playing field greatly. Colon cancer, even advanced is often quite treatable.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

What distinguishes the various stages of colon cancer?

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Dr. Allan Goldstein
Internal Medicine 56 years experience
Spread: Stages represent how much spread there is.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the stages of colon cancer?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Early to advanced: Stages correlate with extent of spread. Stage 0 or in-situ cancers are confined to the ining of the colon. Stage 1 cancers have spread to the inner wall of the colon; stage 2 cancers have penetrated deeper or through the colon wall. Stage 3 cancers are those which have spread to the lymph nodes while in stage 4 cancer there is spread to other organs such as the liver, lungs, bones, etc.
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What are the stages of colon cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
1 through 4: The stage of colon cancer is based upon the depth of penetration of the cancer thru the colon wall, the presence or absence of lymph node involvement, and the presence of cancer elsewhere in the body (metastatic disease). The stage is associated with prognosis and guides our recommendations regarding chemotherapy.

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