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Why is colon resection still done for colon cancer in cases with liver metastasis?

Why is colon resection still done for colon cancer in cases with liver metastasis?

Depends: Believe it or not, it can sometimes still be cured. It depends on the disease burden in the liver. After resection, they can do adjuvant therapy and follow up with hepatic resections if it is limited. Also for palliative reasons - if it is causing an obstruction, then the obstruction needs to be relieved to allow for simple gut function. ...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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On average how long does colon cancer take to metastasize from when it first started forming? Im just curious.

On average how long does colon cancer take to metastasize from when it first started forming? Im just curious.

Variable: Nobody knows this answer, because some patients have metastasis at diagnosis, and some don't, even with the same tumor size. I would think it would be measured in weeks to months however, maybe even years for some. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I'm curious what could happen when one has colon cancer and it metastasizes?

I'm curious what could happen when one has colon cancer and it metastasizes?

Metastatic colon ca: There are multiple therapy options available for the treatment of metastatic colon cancer. Patient with metastatic colon cancer should see cancer specialist to discuss chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what occurs when one has colon cancer and it metastasizes?

Can you tell me what occurs when one has colon cancer and it metastasizes?

Long story and great: Deal of information. A very brief explanation-you have damage to a cell line in your colon that leads to cancerous cells, which then over grow and are non-functional cells. These cells damage and destroys surrounding tissue, and if they get into the blood stream or lymph system, and goes somewhere else (called metastasis), then those cells damage those other organs and tissues as well. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer metastasize to the breasts?

Does colon cancer metastasize to the breasts?

Anything: Is possible, but this is very unlikely. Colon cancer usually metastasize to liver, lungs, or sometimes brain. ...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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What causes belching when you have colon cancer spread to the liver?

What causes belching when you have colon cancer spread to the liver?

Not specific: Belching relayed to swallowing air, or some gastric irritation, or outflow obstruction with relief of stomach gas by belching instead if forward peristalsis. ...Read more

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Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon cancer so hard to treat?

Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon cancer so hard to treat?

Colon ca mets: To live is hard to treat because many times the metastasis is on multiple lobe of the liver and cannot be surgically removed. Surgeon only do surgery with the intention of cure if they can remove the metastasis completely. If surgery is not possible you should still consider chemotherapy. The quality of life is still pretty good even if not cured. ...Read more

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What's the percentage of having a liver metastase later in a stage 3b colon cancer?

What's the percentage of having a liver metastase later in a stage 3b colon cancer?

See below: People with stage 3b colon cancer, even after removal and chemotherapy, still have about a 30-40% chance of return of cancer. The liver is a common site. ...Read more

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How common is liver or colon cancer at age 20? Never smoke or drink, very fit and otherwise healthy. Male.

How common is liver or colon cancer at age 20? Never smoke or drink, very fit and otherwise healthy. Male.

Rare: Unless you have a familial hereditary colon ployposis or other increased risk factors, colon cancer would be rare. Liver cancer is even more rare in us unless you have liver cirrhosis or exposure to hepatitis virus. ...Read more

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My fathers colon cancer spread to the liver with several lesions on the liver. He now has larger lesions with one measuring 9.6 CM x8.5 cm. Prognosi?

My fathers colon cancer spread to the liver with several lesions on the liver. He now has larger lesions with one measuring  9.6 CM x8.5 cm.  Prognosi?

Poor: This is stage 4. For patients with colon cancer and liver lesions that could be totally resected, the 5 year overall survival can be 20% or more. Unfortunately in your father cases, the liver lesions are unlikely resectable. The 5 year overall survival for stage 4 is 6%. ...Read more

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Colon cancer pt with 1 met in liver , 1 nod?

Colon cancer pt with 1 met in liver , 1 nod?

Curable: Those cases are potentially curable with liver resection with a 5 yr survival of 25-40% Need to go to a specialty ctr ...Read more

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How long does it take colon cancer to spread to liver?

How long does it take colon cancer to spread to liver?

Highly variable: Impossible to say as sometimes I have seen small colon cancers spread & seen large colon cancers not spread to other organs. Each person is different & each person's cancer can behave differently depending on cell type & genetics. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is liver and colon cancer?

How harmful for your health is liver and colon cancer?

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 more

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Is metastic colon cancer spread to liver treatable?

Is metastic colon cancer spread to liver treatable?

Yes: NOT "curable" but definitely treatable...Direct perfusion anti-neoplastic drugs for one approach and possible immune therapy on the "horizon" ...A positive attitude is necessary and helpful.. METASTATIC .CANCER IS A CHRONIC DISEASE! ...Read more

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Im 16 is it possible for me to get pancreatic, liver, colon cancer?

Im 16 is it possible for me to get pancreatic, liver, colon cancer?

It is possible: But unlikely. Pediatric cancer is not common, with approximately 12k new diagnoses in the us each year. A majority of patients have leukemia, lymphoma, or CNS tumors. Other tumors are more rare. Tumors of the organs you describe are exceptionally rare in kids outside the presence of a familial cancer syndrome. If you have genuine concern about this, is speak with your parents or your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does one typically have with stage 4 liver cancer that has spread from colon cancer?

How long does one typically have with stage 4 liver cancer that has spread from colon cancer?

It varies a lot: There is good treatment for stage 4 colon Cancer. Most people live for 2-3 years when they take chemotherapy. If the liver tumor is small it can even be removed with surgery. Tell us about the dates of your diagnosis and what type of chemotherapy you have used and for how long? Then we can give you a better estimate of expected survival. ...Read more

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What If no forms of chemotherapy work on a colon cancer pt who has a liver met ? Are there other options ?

What If no forms of chemotherapy work on a colon cancer pt who has a liver met ? Are there other options ?

Radiation and surgery: Aside from chemotherapy, the 2 types of treatment for cancer are radiotherapy & surgery. Liver mets, if they block a duct or cause a "local" problem can be treated with radiation beam to alleviate suffering. If the patient is strong enough to withstand it, surgery and/or brachytherapy (radiation implants) can be tried; however, colon cancer is a systemic problem and chemo is the main modality. GL. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


Dr. Bernard Seif
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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