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Colon cancer chemo necessary?

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 more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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If colon cancer was there several can chemotherapy actually cause cancer to spread? As all was fine before chemo (no distant spread)?

If colon cancer was there several can chemotherapy actually cause cancer to spread? As all was fine before chemo (no distant spread)?

Cancer metastatisis: It's very unlikely that chemotherapy would cause your cancer to spread. Chances are micro metastatic disease existed earlier and has just now become evident. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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If I have high msi stage 2a colon cancer do I benefit from chemo?

If I have high msi stage 2a colon cancer do I benefit from chemo?

Not likely: Chemotherapy is typically not used for stage ii colon cancers. Additionally, patients with msi mutations seem to be poor responders to the chemotherapy drug typically used. ...Read more

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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?

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?

I do not agree: What is cq10? Do you mean coq10? There is nothing other than your chemo that can help prevent your cancer from growing or progressing. But chemo you have taken gives you a very good chance of staying cancer free. I would not fool around with anything else. ...Read more

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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.?

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 more

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How effective is chemotherapy for treating colon cancer?

How effective is chemotherapy for treating colon cancer?

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

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How effective is the IFL chemotherapy regimen for treating colon cancer?

How effective is the IFL chemotherapy regimen for treating colon cancer?

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

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I am getting chemotherapy for colon cancer. Is the dose normally increased with each round?

I am getting chemotherapy for colon cancer. Is the dose normally increased with each round?

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

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Can chemo for colon cancer damage the liver?

Can chemo for colon cancer damage the liver?

It may: Almost all chemotherapeutic drugs have unwanted effects on other organs, including the liver. ...Read more

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Side effects to chemo. He's being treated for colon cancer stage 4.?

Side effects to chemo. He's being treated for colon cancer stage 4.?

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 more

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ALP level has gone from. 74 to 175, this mean chemo not working in a metastic colon cancer pt?

ALP level has gone from. 74 to 175, this mean chemo not working in a metastic colon cancer pt?

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

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What can a high ALT reading of 135 mean in a person with metastic colon cancer who is on oxyplatin chemo?

Possibilities: Correlate with CT scan or PT scan: may be liver inflammation, liver metastasis, gallbladder disease or reaction to chemo. Please consult with your oncologist ASAP. ...Read more

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Complete appetite loss in chemo for metastic colon cancer, does not feel like eating anyting. Is this unusual?

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 more

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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 more

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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.

No chemo needed: There is no evidence that chemotherapy benefits patients with stage 2 colon cancer. It is often given, however. There might be a reason to give it if the cancer was obstructing or perforated as that can worsen the likelihood for cure with surgical resection alone. ...Read more

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Dysphagia and chemotherapy for colon cancer?

Dysphagia and chemotherapy for colon cancer?

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 more

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What is prognosis With chemotherapy for metastic colon Cancer?

What is prognosis With chemotherapy for metastic colon Cancer?

So many variables: Too many variables to give you a pertinent answer. Consult your oncologist to help you with clinical decisions ...Read more

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What is the most effective chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer?

What is the most effective chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer?

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 more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more