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Colon Cancer Spread To Aorta
40 yrs, stage 4 colon cancer spread to supra clavicular & para aortic nodes. Healthy & feel great, take xeloda (capecitabine). Dr says prog 1 - 2 yrs. Do I have hope?
AlwaysAlwaysAlways!!: I have talked with a few "heroes" who went through some extreme situations. They overcame fear by sheer determination. It was always there, but they dealt with it by focusing on the next necessary thing-and the next and the next...I was speaking with THEM because they took care of business. I imagine those who did not return kept that going to just before the bitter end, when they then relaxed fully ...Read more
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
My friend has had surgery for colon cancer but has been told she possibly has another 5cm tumour attached to the aorta.... can this be removed too?
Probably not: If this is "adenocarcinoma of the colon", then the tumor next to the aorta represents growth outside the wall of the colon, which means it isn't possible to cure this with surgery. However, it is important to confirm that the mass is a recurrence or extension of the primary colon cancer. If so, then radiation and chemotherapy can help, but are not likely to cure the cancer. ...Read more
Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes are the way colon cancer cells usually escape the colon. It can grow through the colon into the surroundings. Finally it can move from lymph nodes into the blood stream that flows to the liver. When the colon is examined, and if lymph nodes are involved, chemotherapy is recommended. ...Read more
It can: The more correct way of looking at this is if colon cancer if found in the lymph nodes at the time of surgery, this suggests that surgery alone may not be able to prevent the disease from spreading elsewhere. Chemotherapy may be needed and also a careful search should be done to see if the cancer has already spread to other places like the liver. ...Read more
If colon cancer was there several can chemotherapy actually cause cancer to spread? As all was fine before chemo (no distant spread)?
Unpredictable: Colon cancer spread to local lymph nodes and then on to other organs such as liver, lungs, bones. It can spread through the blood vessels or locally to other organs such as kidneys, prostate, etc. Rate of spread is unpredictable at present and likely depends on growth factors, cancer differentiation, and unknown factors. Of cancers that comeback after surgery, most (80%) do so within 3 years. ...Read more
Variable.: It depends on the level of aggressiveness of the cancer cell which is extremely variable. Please check out www. Michaelsmission. Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. ...Read more
Not fast: Cancer is thought to spread over several weeks-months of time, not days to weeks. As such, the commission on cancer has guidelines for treatment that cover 7-21 days from presentation to treatment. That is not to say that there are not unusual cases of cancer that seem to be remarkably aggressive, colon cancer is usually not one of them. ...Read more
See a doctor: Numerous test including ct scans and pet scans can determine if there is any evidence for metastatic disease. See your oncologist for the best advice. ...Read more
No: After the liver, the lungs are the most common distant site of colorectal metastases. In selected patients, removal of such lesions may be indicated and lead to increased survival. ...Read more
Usually contained: Stage I ascending colon cancer is usually very easily treatable. Stage I means that it has not spread beyond the colon which is great news. If it ever does move, it usually moves to the lymph nodes, liver and lung. This would be detectable by regular scans after the colon tumor has been surgically removed. ...Read more
What type and stage could be predicted of a colon cancer that is around 8 CM and not spread to lymph nodes?
Stage 1 or 2: A colon cancer that is confined to the bowel wall, irrespective of size is stage 1 or formerly duke's a. If it grows through the bowel wall, it is stage 2 or the old duke's b. If lymph nodes are involved, it is stage 3 or the old duke's c. Stage 4 or the old duke's d has spread to distant sites. Your described case could be stage 1 or 2. ...Read more
Very unlikely: Colon cancer that does not involve lymph nodes should not have neck lymph node involvement. If you recently had surgery you probably had a central catheter placed in your neck for IV administration. This may be the lump you are feeling. Make sure you talk to your doctor at the next visit to have a look. You could also have swelling from the endotrachral tube. ...Read more
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
Can colon cancer spread to a aortocaval node? This was note few months after surgery by a pet scan.
I was wondering for my 17 year old what would be the chances of surving colon cancer? If it spread to the spleen what stage would it be? Will he die?
Why do you ask?: First, it's extremely uncommon for a 17 year old to have ordinary colon cancer unless there's a pre-existing multiple-polyps syndrome. Second, colon cancer almost never spreads to the spleen. Something is not right here. You need to find out exactly what's happening before you make any plans. I hope you get this solved. Best wishes. ...Read more
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: When one finds metastasis to multiple sites from a primary colon cancer the lesion was probably detected late in its development. If the patient is in good condition the primary if not resected should be removed. Chemo with FOLFOX and possibly avastin (bevacizumab) should be attempted. Kidney lesions are extremely rare but can respond to chemo and if causing complication should be resected. ...Read more
Depends: Did it grow directly into the small bowel or spread as a metastasis? In one or in many places? Was it just diagnosed or is it a late recurrence? Any previous chemo? What's the patient's general health? The patient's oncologist should be able to weigh all the options and come up with a treatment plan. If this is about you, best wishes. ...Read more
Possibly.: Once cancer has spread outside the place it started, it is much harder to cure. If the cancer can be surgically removed from her stomach, or if it disappears with chemotherapy, it's possible she could be cured. But it's more likely the cancer will only be kept in check by treatment and not cured. I'm sorry to give you this news. ...Read more
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
Discuss with onc: You should discuss with your oncologist. Additional information is needed- i.e. presence of lymph nodes and other distance organ/s involvement. Where is the location of the colon cancer and what part of the small intestine involved? Important to get the right staging and check the biology of the cancer to guide treatment. If able to get surgery- most aggressive would be surgery then chemo/ ...Read more
In stage III colon cancer what is the significance of spread to 2 of 17 lymph nodes? What are lymph nodes?
Significant: Cancers spread by either blood vessels or lymphatic pathways. Lymph nodes are collections of tissue along the lymphatic pathways, and are common places for tumor particles to start to grow. Your oncologist can discuss it in detail as to other measures you need to take, such as chemotherapy, radiation, more surgery, or some combination of all of the above. ...Read more
Are there any new cancer drugs for colon cancer spread to the liver? My father is very ill and needs help.
Consider new trials: If I were in your father's position, I would consider being in a research trial (if one is available) for metastatic colon cancer. None of the approved therapies for this is curative; they are all palliative. I would probably favor something with an immune-based approach rather than a cell poison, if any such trial is available. This is just a personal preference I'm voicing. ...Read more
If colon cancer was there several years n now removed - why only after surgery a liver met appears? All prior scans were showing no distant spread?
Not unusual.: It sometimes takes years for a metastasis in the liver or elsewhere to become large enough to be seen with the tests that we have available, such as CT scans or pet scans. If the metastasis is isolated and small, it may still be able to be treated. Be sure to discuss this in depth with your oncologist. Good luck. ...Read more
Why would my dad be experiencing so much gas with colon cancer spread to the liver. What can he take?
Flatus: Consider mylicon (simethicone) to absorb the gas. ...Read more
Is it possible for stage 4 colon cancer patient that is spread to liver as well have no classic symptoms of colon cancer existance?
Colon cancer: Yes very common. That is the reason we do colon screening to get the small cancers out before they spread. Trust everyone gets this done as recommended in your health care system to prevent this preventable tragedy. ...Read more
How fast does colon cancer spread? I have experienced blood in my stool, when I wipe, for the past year and a half. It happens once or twice about eve
Unpredictable: colon cancer can spread quickly to the whole body or, most of the times, takes time to spread around. Also, people are diagnosed at different stages of the disease and it is hard to predict when it actually started. It is best diagnosed by a colonoscopy and biopsy of any suspicious mass. ...Read more
I think I might have colon cancer. Is it possible for colon cancer to spread to the lymph nodes in my neck? If so how likely? I'm 18 years old. Female
Not Very Likely: Given your age it is highly unlikely you have colon cancer. Major factors that increase the risk of colon cancer include family history, age, and inflammatory bowel disease. Most common cause of swollen lymph nodes in neck are a recent viral or bacterial infection. See your doctor if you are concerned or have concerning gastrointestinal complaints. ...Read more
A GrownLady is 72 years can she do a surgery for ascending colon cancer and it hasn't spread (Thank God)? Is it safe and what are the risks Thank you
Hi can an abdominal ultrasound check for colon cancer spread? And if its normal dies that mean ca is confined to colon?
What type of scans do you suggest for a patient post op stage 1 t2 ascending colon cancer in order to monitor for any futher spread.?
Several: Cea's, and regular colonoscopies. If any changes may need ct or pet scans in the future. ...Read more
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