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Colon Cancer Chemo Necessary
Depends on stage: Chemotherapy is never used for stage 1 cancers (early). It is sometimes used in stage 2 cancers (early but more advanced than stage 1). Chemotherapy is definitely beneficial in stage 3 cancers (locally advanced) and in stage 4 cancers (distant spread). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
If colon cancer was there several can chemotherapy actually cause cancer to spread? As all was fine before chemo (no distant spread)?
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I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer, I'm on folfox6. I read cq10 will help in stopping cancer sells from growing. Take it while chemo? Dosage?
Why does my wife need chemo? My wife was operated on for colon cancer it went well they removed 12 lymphnodes 4 of them had traces of cancer we just had a petscan and it came back clean no organs affected. Why would my wife need chemo if scan was clean.?
PET: Pet scans usually can only see tumor measuring about the size of a small raisin (1 cm). A tumor this size already contains about 1 billion cancer cells. When multiple lymph nodes are invovled there is a very high chance that there are tiny clusters of cells in other lymph nodes, surrounding tissues, or organs. Chemotherapy or other treatments are often given after surgery to hopefully kill these remaining bad cells. We know that this increases the chances of beating the disease based on randomized trials in which brave people who had colon cancer in their lymph nodes and normal scans after the operation agreed to get chemotherapy or not based on the flip of a coin. Those who got the chemotherapy lived longer and had relapses less often and later in life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Improves survival: Chemo may help improve survival but does not result in cure. It is used pre operatively as neo adjuivant chemo to help improve resection or as adjuvant after surgery to help prolong survival. It is best employed in combination chemo such as FOLFOX to optimize response. ...Read more
It is an old regimen: It is one of the effective treatment regimens for metastatic colon Cancer which first appeared on the scene more than 5 years back and became popular for a while to be soon upgraded with other more effective modern regimens which also include Avastin (bevacizumab) in combination with chemotherapy. ...Read more
Ask your oncologist: That's an interesting question. It would depend on the regimen you were on, so ask your oncologist at your next visit. He/she can describe dosage, complications, and general expectations. Good luck. ...Read more
Depends on chemo: The side effects of chemotherapy depend on the chemos involved. In general bone marrow suppression (bms) causing lower red blood cells (rbcs) with anemia, lowered wbcs with increased risk of infection, and lowerd platelets with increased risk of bleeding. Oxalipaltin ("o" in folfox) can cause numbness or cold induced nerve pain. Irinotecan ("i" in folfiri) causes diarrhea. Etc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not always reliable: I assume that from ALP you meant Alkaline Phosphatase (a type of liver function test). But avoid using abbreviations. This test can sometimes be correct in showing tumor progression but we need more information than this test alone in order to assess tumor response. The additional tests that help are measuring the liver size, checking CEA level (Blood test) and for making final decision, CT scan. ...Read more
Complete appetite loss in chemo for metastic colon cancer, does not feel like eating anyting. Is this unusual?
Yes: Sadly yes a lot of cancer cause appetite loss even without the side effects of chemo. That's why people think that smoking marijuana which has it's own side effect of giving you the "munchies" would help cancer pt eat better. I think cancer pt's should be allowed whatever they need especially if they are in pain and need help should have access to whatever makes them feel better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can this cea pattern mean on chemotherapy for colon cancer mets 65 before chemo, 80 after round 1, 55 after round 2?
It's improving!: All it really means is the CEA is going in the right direction. .. falling after chemotherapy. You can not reliably speculate on what the number changes might say about the magnitude of improvement. There is too much individual variability and unpredictability for that. I would be pleased that these changes have occurred. Best wishes as you continue your treatment:) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Colon cancer stage 2, pt 65y/o. Had 1 + mass, multiple benign polops. All of the colon was removed. Is chemo recommended? No matastatas noted.
My friend says she has type IV colon cancer, and it is blood borne, so she is going to have chemo. What does it mean when it becomes blood borne?
It depends. ..: Dysphagia is a common side effect with many chemo therapeutic regimens. Some treatments can decrease a patient's ability to fight off fungal and bacterial overgrowth in the mouth and digestive systems. The diagnosis of this isn't usually difficult and can in many cases be treated with medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
So many variables: Too many variables to give you a pertinent answer. Consult your oncologist to help you with clinical decisions ...Read more
See an oncologist: Colon chance chemotherapy has a lot options now, and a thoughtful short and potential long term plan is what I necessary. Some oncologist believe that one day soon metastatic colon cancer may even be able to be treated as a chronic disease. I have certainly seen patients live for a decade with stage 4 disease. I wish you all the best. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers