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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

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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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 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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Life expectancy of previously never sick, active healthy 67 year old after colon cancer surgery +12 rounds chemo, 6 months later spread to liver&lung?

Life expectancy of previously never sick, active healthy 67 year old after colon cancer surgery +12 rounds chemo, 6 months later spread to liver&lung?

Your best bet: Is to review a question like this with your medical oncologist. There are many different factors that contribute to survival statistics and you want to make sure you're being provided with accurate information. This requires a more complete understanding of your medical/oncologic history. ...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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What is the treatment for class 4 colon cancer spread to liver? Is chemotherapy an only option?

What is the treatment for class 4 colon cancer spread to liver? Is chemotherapy an only option?

No: If there are only a few cancer areas (nodules) surgery may be an option. Depends on the number and location of the cancerous nodules, a surgeon should review a CAT scan of the liver. ...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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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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Father got diagnosed w/ stage 4 colon cancer. Spread to liver, lungs, and brain. Currently at city of hope. Recommend a good place in LA areas? Help!

Father got diagnosed w/ stage 4 colon cancer. Spread to liver, lungs, and brain. Currently at city of hope. Recommend a good place in LA areas? Help!

Here R some options: City of Hope is a good Cancer Center. Alternative institutions include USC- Cancer Center, UCLA cancer Center and many oncologists in private practice. Search under Medical Oncologists in your area and make a call/s to find out if another medical oncologist would accept your father for treatment of his metastatic Colon cancer. This is a disease for which good treatments are available ...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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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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What are the chances of surviving colon cancer that has spread to liver, kidney and lungs?

What are the chances of surviving colon cancer that has spread to liver, kidney and lungs?

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

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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 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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Are there any new cancer drugs for colon cancer spread to the liver? My father is very ill and needs help.

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

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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?

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

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Is it possible for stage 4 colon cancer patient that is spread to liver as well have no classic symptoms of colon cancer existance?

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

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My father has colon cancer spread to the liver and oncology is recommending capecitabine or raltitrexed he has myocarditis would you recommend any?

My father has colon cancer spread to the liver and oncology is recommending capecitabine or raltitrexed he has myocarditis would you recommend any?

Capecitabine: His case will need proper review in terms of what chemo therapeutic agents he had already received in past. Capecitabine or Xeloda (capecitabine) not a good choice in pts with myocarditis as it is know to causes coronary spasm and angina type symptoms also. Praletrexate is not indicated for it also. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy help to treat colon cancer that's spread to the liver or kidneys?

Yes: If the disease is limited and original colon cancer addressed focal intense radiation called radiosurgery can be very effective. If there is significant disease then standard radiation can be used to help symptoms. ...Read more

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My uncl has colon cancer that has spread to his liver and now his lungs. He also has CHF and had half of his colon removed. What is his survival rate?

My uncl has colon cancer that has spread to his liver and now his lungs. He also has CHF and had half of his colon removed. What is his survival rate?

Unfortunately: Not too much, not in years, make him comfortable, now the quality of life is important I end stage cancer disease, not just the patient, family also must participate in the decisions. ...Read more

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Many father has colon cancer spread to the liver and now both legs are swollen with fluid to the hips. How to we relieve this fluid?

Many father has colon cancer spread to the liver and now both legs are swollen with fluid to the hips. How to we relieve this fluid?

Swelling & cancer: Thigh high compression stockings may be helpful but will not treat the underlying condition. Diuretic pills could also be used in this situation. ...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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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 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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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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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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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

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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. Herman Hammerstead
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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