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Dr. Alejandro Calvo
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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.

Dr. Alejandro Calvo
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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.

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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Dr. Stephen Southard
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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?

Dr. Stephen Southard
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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?

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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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Haresh Jhangiani
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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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?

Dr. Haresh Jhangiani
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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?

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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Dr. John Geisler
Board Certified, Gynecologic Oncology
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What is the life expectancy for stage 4 colon cancer with small liver/lung mets , partial sbo, and plueral effusion -no more treatments and on hospice?

Dr. John Geisler
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What is the life expectancy for stage 4 colon cancer with small liver/lung mets , partial sbo, and plueral effusion -no more treatments and on hospice?

On Hospice: Unfortunately , based on your description, it sounds like less 6 months. ...Read more

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

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
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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?

Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
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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?

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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Dr. Viswanath Chinta
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Tumour markers have increased from 700 to 1000 for CEA testing. Fatigue and abdominal cramps from colon cancer spread to liver. Can anything be don?

Dr. Viswanath Chinta
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Tumour markers have increased from 700 to 1000 for CEA testing. Fatigue  and abdominal cramps  from colon cancer spread to liver.  Can anything be don?

No: Unfortunately the options at this point are limited. We have to shift our goals from curing to caring. ...Read more

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

Dr. Sewa Legha
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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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Dr. Allyson Ocean
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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Life expectancy, diagnosed 7/15/11 stage IV colon cancer, cancer has spread to the vagina. The tumor recently grew 20%. What treatments available?

Dr. Allyson Ocean
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
18 years in practice
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Life expectancy, diagnosed 7/15/11  stage IV  colon cancer, cancer has spread to the vagina. The tumor recently grew 20%. What treatments available?

Check out website : Please check out www.Michaelsmission.Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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How long does it take colon cancer to spread to liver?

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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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