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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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What is the life expectancy of a 78 year female with colon cancer that has methasized to the liver and ovary with no treatment?

What is the life expectancy of a 78 year female with colon cancer that has methasized to the liver and ovary with no treatment?

Not good: A good prognosis calculator is available at the MD Anderson website, but please note that among criteria used, functional or nutritional status as well as comorbidities are not factored in and sometimes they make a big difference. She will most likely qualify for hospice services, prognosis estimated at 6 months if there is noticeable decline. ...Read more

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Life expectancy of colon cancer==similar to parent if familial?

Life expectancy of colon cancer==similar to parent if familial?

Yes and no: If you a have a true familial form (generally this means multiple 1 st degree relatives have it. Usually happens at an earlier age) then yes the course of disease is similiar. If by familial you mean 1 relative had it, then no it is variable and progress differently. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a 78 year old man with stage 3 colon cancer which has not spread?

What is the life expectancy for a 78 year old man with stage 3 colon cancer which has not spread?

Variable: There is >50% chance that your colon cancer is cured with surgery already, in which case your life expectancy should be like a normal healthy person. You may benefit from treatment using adjuvant chemotherapy, if your tumor had spread/involved the lymph nodes in the abdomen. Check with your doctor and let us know how many nodes were involved with your tumor? ...Read more

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Stage 2 a colon cancer patient can live long and healthy life after complete treatment and cure?

Stage 2 a colon cancer patient can live long and healthy life after complete treatment and cure?

Still good prognosis: Stage ii still confined to wall of colon, most of the centers close 90% 5 yr survival rates along with chemo. Will have healthy normal life. ...Read more

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Stage 2 a colon cancer patient can live long and healthy life after complete treatment and cure?

Stage 2 a colon cancer patient can live long and healthy life after complete treatment and cure?

Yes, absolutely: The majority of stage 2 colon cancer patients are cured with the surgery alone.

A smaller group of stage 2 colon cancers have already spread, but are not evident in the specimen or during the imaging.

So the answer to your question is yes, they can, but close follow up is a must. ...Read more

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Stage 4 mastatic colon cancer, multiple tumors and organs removed (2 surgeries) an inoperable tumor and c diff. 54 yr old woman. Life expectancy?

Stage 4 mastatic colon cancer, multiple tumors and organs removed (2 surgeries) an inoperable tumor and c diff. 54 yr old woman. Life expectancy?

In general...: Stage 4 colon cancer patients have only a 5% 2 yr survival rate. There's no way to better define an individual's life expectancy. Good luck to all involved. ...Read more

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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.

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 more

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My mum, 67, was diagnosed with colon cancer with liver metastases, lesions in lungs and kidneys. Starting folfox tomorrow?? Life expectancy?

My mum, 67, was diagnosed with colon cancer with liver metastases, lesions in lungs and kidneys. Starting folfox tomorrow?? Life expectancy?

Not enough: Need to assess for Kras and Nras mutation IF she is wild type she should receive FOLFIRI and Erbitux

If she has mutation the treatment of choice FOLFOX and Avastin

Life expex 22 - 26 months... If responsive disease can be extended with other agents and survival can extend several years.

New agents add to OS sequencing of therapy is important to extend Overal survival ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for colon cancer?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for colon cancer?

Many options: Colon cancer is best treated in a multidisciplinary fashion according to location and stage at diagnosis. Most treatments are iv, but several oral agents are used as part of treatment regimens including Capecitabine (xeloda), and some targeted agents in trials. Treatment in early stages or selected patients with stage IV disease also involves surgery and may involve radiation. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for colon cancer. Is it fully treated. Thanks?

Depends: This depends on so many things, where it is, how invasive, what type of cancer, metastasis, patient health, etc. I do not mean to make light of it any way and I hope you are not dealing with it. While some may have successful treatments, it is very hard to say on any prognostic factors without a lot of detail in this specific circumstance. I know this does not clarify much, but hope it helps. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for stage 3 colon cancer?

What is the treatment for stage 3 colon cancer?

Surgery and? Chemo: The first step is to remove the tumor and lymph nodes to see if tumor has spread to these. Since you know it is stage iii this must have already be done. We know in patients with the disease spread to nodes around the tumor, it is more likely to recurr. The addition of chemotx reduces this risk. Talk to an oncologist about the risks and benefits of the chemo. Most patients should recieve it. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for hereditary colon cancer?

What is the treatment for hereditary colon cancer?

Depends: There are a number of inherited defects that may lead to colon cancer. In some cases, e.g. Apc, a prophylactic colectomy is advisable. In most cases the treatment is the same as for sporadic cancer. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for colon cancer stage 4?

What is a good treatment for colon cancer stage 4?

Chemo: Stage 4 colon Ca best handled by assuring that the primary is removed so other sites of spread don't appear. Systemic chemo then used for primary control but if lesions are in one area such as liver or lung, those sites approached if lesions small and resectable. If liver lesions get numerous then chemo embolization or Yt microspheres used. Thorascopic resection employed with some lung lesions. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for colon cancer stage 4?

What is a good treatment for colon cancer stage 4?

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Across the board, Stage IV colon cancer is not a good thing to have. Statistically, the main survival with chemotherapy is about 2-3 years unfortunately. I have patients that are alive and relatively well on palliative chemotherapy after many more years. Every case is different and many options exists depending upon where the metastasis is located at. Usually Chemotherapy is the main treatme ...Read more

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What is the best natural treatment for colon cancer?

What is the best natural treatment for colon cancer?

See your doctor: There are no natural treatments for colon cancer which are proven beneficial. Cure rates with surgery (and chemotherapy or radiation as needed) are very good except in advanced disease. ...Read more

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What treatment to expect with adenocarcinoma colon cancer?

What treatment to expect with adenocarcinoma colon cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the best treatment for colon cancer stage 4?

Please help! What is the best treatment for colon cancer stage 4?

Mostly chemo: Plus or minus avastin, (bevacizumab) but not with curative intent. Occasionally a patient may have an isolated metastasis than can be removed surgically and then get chemo. Those patients have better odds. ...Read more

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What follow ups are needed for colon cancer patients after treatment?

What follow ups are needed for colon cancer patients after treatment?

See your doctor: Have regular follow up with your family doctor and oncologist. Blood tests and yearly colonoscopy may be recommended. Sometimes ct scan is used if indicated. Please follow your doctor's recommendations, who will help direct you to the best tests for your specific condition. ...Read more

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What are the odds of colon cancer recurrence after successful surgical treatment?

Depends: The answer to this question is highly dependent on the stage of the colon cancer when you had the surgery. Earlier stages have a low chance of recurrence, and those that may have spread deeper or to lymph nodes have a higher chance of recurrence. Chemotherapy is combined with surgery in some cases of colon cancer. ...Read more

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Third infussion of oxyplatin stopped half way (half administered), can the treatment still Work? Metastic colon cancer

It can: It can, but usually they want maximal effect because there is no guarantee the chemo will work
discuss the issue with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Colon cancer pt. Surgery done. Aortocaval node contains a met. Is this dangerous? Can it cause issues? What best treatment for it?

Colon cancer pt. Surgery done. Aortocaval node contains a met. Is this dangerous? Can it cause issues? What best treatment for it?

If + is stage 4: With nodal disease a PET scan essential to RO other lesions. If solitary and hasn't responded to chemo then surgical reesection is important because of growth and invasion of aorta. We have resected portions of aora for such lesions. Newer therapy after chemo include mAbs like Neo 102 on FDA study. For chemo failure colon CA ...Read more

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If someone got colon cancer and never got treatment of any sort, how long before they would show signs of being sick and how long would they live for?

A long time,,: This disease takes a while to develop like 20-30 years, unless it's associated with one of the polyp syndromes that cause it to appear much earlier. Usually it presents in the sixth decade of life (50-60) as fatigue and or change in bowel habits and abdominal discomfort. By this time it's usually advanced and 5 year survival is compromised. That's why colonoscopy is done for polyps at 50. ...Read more

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Any advancements for stage 4 colon cancer treatment?

Any advancements for stage 4 colon cancer treatment?

Immunochemotherapy: When FOLFOX therapy (chemotherapy) has failed Immune reactive agents i.e. Avastin for blood vessel growth and Erbitux for epidermal growth factor have been applied as well as agents affecting tyrosine kinase.
The Immunogenic protein that acts as a vaccine isolated, a is a byproduct of oncofetal protein MUC5ac in its post translational form. In stage IV used to produce mAbs for strong ADCC. ...Read more

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What is radiation therapy treatment for colon cancer?

Energy beams: For certain types of colorectal cancer, energy beams are focused in the cancerous area. These beams are designed to kill cancer cells and decrease the chance of the tumor growing back. Depending on the situation, radiation can be used either before an operation or after an operation. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for colon cancer?

What is the best treatment for colon cancer?

Surgery+/-ChemoRx: The cornerstone of therapy is surgical resection of the part of the colon. The stage of the cancer is dependent upon the surgical findings (depth of cancer, lymph node evaluation), which will guide the decision regarding chemotherapy. Very rarely, radiation therapy will be recommended for more advanced colon cancers. ...Read more

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What kinds of treatment are available for colon cancer?

What kinds of treatment are available for colon cancer?

Many: Colon cancer is so common that many medical trials have been performed which help doctors know better how to treat this disease. Depending upon the patient and stage of cancer, surgery, radiation, and various chemotherapies may be of benefit. You oncology team who know your specific situation can give more specific recommendations. ...Read more

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Why do people become upset when I say if I get colon cancer im most likely going to refuse treatment?

Why do people become upset when I say if I get colon cancer im most likely going to refuse treatment?

See below: Probably because more than likely if you get colon cancer it'd be curable with treatment. So you'd be choosing not to treat a curable condition, in effect making a curable disease terminal. ...Read more

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If have stage 3b colon cancer and refuse to do port treatment and will only do pills how does it affect your chances?

If have stage 3b colon cancer and refuse to do port treatment and will only do pills how does it affect your chances?

Please reconsider: A central IV port is no big deal. Regardless of the stats, why toss out this option (a mainstay of Rx) even before giving it a try? Please remember this can be a really nasty disease and I'd like to see you fight it with all you've got. I would hate to have you regret tying one hand behind your back years from now.
I personally have been fighting cancer for 20 years and I like the challenge. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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


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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