A 53-year-old female asked:
if you have ben diagnosed with adenocarcinoma colon cancer stage iv what is the outlook? is there a cure? how will this affect the quality of ones l
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Treatable: In general, stage 4 (metastatic = spread) colon cancer is incurable. That said, a small % of people may have long term survival or maybe even cure. Important predictive and prognostic tests include kras (for cetuximab) and braf (+ = poor response to traditional chemotherapy). New drugs are coming out for this disease.
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Radiation Oncology 20 years experience
Outlook can be good: Eventhough stage iv, meenng metastatic disease, is not curable; the outlook can be good since there are good chemotherapy for this disease as well as other local aggressive treatments that are effective against this disease. The mainstay of treatment for stage IV remains chemo and local aggressive treatments like surgery, radiosurgery, rfa etc can be used when appropriate.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
What treatment to expect with adenocarcinoma colon cancer?
3 doctor answers • 25 doctors weighed in
A Verified Doctor answered
Surgery, chemo: Depending on the stage, an operation is usually necessary to remove the diseased portion of the colon along with its nearby lymph nodes. Then, depending on if the cancer has spread to those lymph nodes impacts whether you will also need chemotherapy. If the cancer has already spread beyond the colon, sometimes you start with chemo.
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Last updated Mar 12, 2020
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