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Is stage 4 colon cancer terminal ?

Is stage 4 colon cancer terminal ?

Not good, but: Each person is unique. Discss this question w/ the doctors involved in treatment. It's not good, but there are certainly cases that will do better than others. All life ends. Stage 4 cancer is quite advanced and life expectancy is shortened significantly. Overall health can matter a lot for how long and how good. ...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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Can you tell me if it's likely that I have colon cancer if all tests are clear?

Probably not: By all tests I assure that you are referring to blood samples as well as colonoscopy. If the blood tests are neg. they have no diagnostic value at the present time. Most are CA or carbohydrate antibodies with about a 50-60 % validity in dx. Colonoscopy would, at the present time be the best way to assure the bowel is free from CA. If that test was neg. then at least for 5 yrs. you are fine. ...Read more

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When you have colon cancer does a clear gel like mucus occur?

When you have colon cancer does a clear gel like mucus occur?

Possibly: Any change in bowels can trigger concern for colon cancer. However, character changes to one's bowel movements can also be do to dietary changes and or other intestinal problems. These symptoms may warrant a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Would it be possible to develope colon cancer large enough for blockage 5 years after an all clear colonoscopy?

Sometimes: Unfortunately yes. Some less common cancers have very rapid doubling times. And can grow quite large. A left colon cancer is more likely to obstruct than one on the right. ...Read more

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How many months/ years does it take for mets to be visible with colon cancer ? My dad had all clear scans until after surgery.

How many months/ years does it take for mets to be visible with colon cancer ? My dad had all clear scans until after surgery.

6 mo to one year: Many feel that if a lesion is localized, Dukes A that mets wont occur. If a C2 lesion with 4 or more nodes present and preop scans are neg while there is a high incidence of recurrent or metastatic tumor it will take somewhere around one year for cells that have broken free prior to surgery to implant and grow to present with scan visibility. That's why in such cases adjuvanct chemo employed . ...Read more

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Are there any clear symptom differences between hemorrhoids and colon cancer? A colonoscopy has a long wait time and i'm scared.

Are there any clear symptom differences between hemorrhoids and colon cancer? A colonoscopy has a long wait time and i'm scared.

Both: Can bleed and cause changes in stool caliber or pattern. Getting a colonoscopy should not require a long wait time. Check with your pcp mfor a referral to another doctor performing colonoscopies that may have a shorter wait time.Being 23 yo, less likely colon cancer. Do not be scared of the unknown and see a colon and rectal surgeon for evaluation in office. ...Read more

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I have colon cancer and need to have a colonography. The two day prep says to eat clear liquids only. Would it be a problem to include a few glasses of white wine with plenty of water?

I have colon cancer and need to have a colonography. The two day prep says to eat clear liquids only. Would it be a problem to include a few glasses of white wine with plenty of water?

Bowel prep: white wine would be a clear liquid, but you don't want the sedative nature of any alcohol interfering with the sedative that may accompany colonoscopy or any other procedure, so it is generally not recommeded. If you use any, be up front and let the physician doing the procedure know. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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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


Dr. William Singer
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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