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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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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


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My colon cancer spread to liver. I have to see a nephrologist due to kidney damage. If organ damage prevents future treatment, what's approx lifespan?

My colon cancer spread to liver. I have to see a nephrologist due to kidney damage. If organ damage prevents future treatment, what's approx lifespan?

Depends: It highly depends on the type of cancer, spread to other organs, your overall functional status and comorbidities that you suffer from. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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What can be done for colon cancer spread to liver when patient has low ejection fraction heart?

What can be done for colon cancer spread to liver when patient has low ejection fraction heart?

Difficult: Sorry. It sounds like a difficult situation. Options may be chemotherapy, intra-arterial chemotherapy injected onto the liver, radiofrequency ablation performed in radiology, etc. Depends on size & location of tumor in the liver. Need to coordinate carefully with the treating physians, oncologist & cardiologist. Best wishes. ...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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Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more


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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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