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Colon Cancer And Healthy Weight
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.
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Controversial: Various studies have yielded various results, as is common in epidemiology. It may still be "politically correct" to blame meat-eating, low-fiber, high-fat diets for colon cancer, but you also need to know that the hard-core studies have generally shown less of an effect than you may have been told. Don't forego screening -- no one's immune. ...Read more
Chances of a 19 year old healthy male with no family history of colon cancer to have colon cancer?
Unlikely: This would be very unlikely. Might be seen in certain syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis (fap) syndrome. Colon cancer typically presents at a later stage in life. The median age of diagnosis of colorectal cancer is around 69 yrs. Approx. 0.1% were diagnosed under age 20. Pretty unlikely. Certainly symptoms may warrant investigation, but again, likelihood is low. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there solid science behind low fat/high fiber diet to lower risk of colon cancer for ulcerative colitis patients? Anything else preventative?
Dietician: Ask your doctor for a referral to a dietician so you can have a properdiet. ...Read more
Def not alone: It's much harder for women. You can see it on biggest loser. With diet it's scary how few calories we need. You might have to learn to count calories with weight watchers or lose-it app. I assume you've already cut down on sweets, starches and animal fat. Some moderate weightlifting can help your muscles burn more calories for you even while you sleep. ...Read more
Exercise a lot...: Helpful weight loss diets have natural foods that take time to chew but contain few calories. Examples include carrots, celery, and iceberg lettuce (little/no salad dressing). When shopping for fruits, buy small ones no bigger than a tennis ball, because fruits have sugar. Drinks without calories include water and green tea. A calorie is a calorie, but surely avoid sugar & simple starch calories. ...Read more
Different situations: Weight loss it s not as easy at it seems. If someone is morbid obese it is very difficult to exercise so burning calories it s almost impossible. Also lack of motivation is another reason. Healthy food is more expensive than junk food and requires time for cooking. If you want to loose 6 or 8 pounds this can be achieved with diet exercise and motivation. When you want to loose 50-60 pounds is hard. ...Read more
CORRECT: Not only breast cancer prevention but all cancers. According to the american cancer society 70% of cancer risk is in your hands! not smoking, not drinking, keeping a healthy weight, exercising and eating more fruits & vegetables will reduce your risk of cancer. Then you add screening test and you are heading the right direction. Speak to your health care provider to see what you can do now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to slow down the growth of cancer cells? (for last stage cancer patient, cancer cells at liver, lung and pelvis. Most critical is liver.)
Your Oncologist can: This is a broad question. There are many anticancer drugs that are used to slow cancer cell growth. But they vary in their effectiveness depending on which organ is the source of cancer. Not knowing the details of the history i can not be any more specific. Please pose this question to the treating oncologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Colon cleanse: If you are not experiencing constipation colon cleanse does not apply. If you have frequent constipation see your doctor. If you are looking for weight loss you should consider changing your eating habits (see "Nuval" on the internet), and get in some more exercise if you have time. ...Read more
EPEC E coli, constipation, feeling the bowel is not completely empty, diarrhea, tiredness, headaches, nausea, gaining weight. also brother died from colon cancer at age 24, diagnosed at 19 with stage 4 colon cancer.
Depends on what you: It is hard to know what you mean. If you mean hereditary, they typically are not except about 5 to 10% of the time there is cancer of the same type in one of the first degree relatives. But cancer is a common disease which will likely affect one in 3 people during a life time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?
Most important: is polyp removal through recommended colonoscopy screenings. The longer you have had UC/inflammatory bowel disease, and if more than 1/3 to 1/2 of your colon is involved, the greater your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Controlling bowel inflammation by complying with your medication regimen is likely to be preventive. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, obesity. Low fat/high fiber diet, NSAIDs +/- ...Read more
Depends: While colon cancer that has spread distantly is considered stage IV (of 4) and has the worst prognosis, there are patients with isolated metastasis to the liver who do quite well with surgical resection with or without chemotherapy. We find that 40% of those with resectable liver tumors can live over 5 years. Consider evaluation at a cancer center with a surgical oncologist or hpb surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If someone has endometrial cancer and is going through treatment will eating healthy and losing weight help in living longer with the cancer or not?
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