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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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Would mucus in stool that comes and goes for a bit every few months be a symptom of colon cancer? No other symptoms. No blood that can see.

Would mucus in stool that comes and goes for a bit every few months be a symptom of colon cancer? No other symptoms. No blood that can see.

Unlikely: Mucus is not suggestive of cancer. Unless you have family history of early onset colon cancer, you may wait till you are 50-years old to get a screening colonoscopy.
If you are concerned you may do FIT testing to test for occult blood in stool. If that is positive, you should see a doctor.
Wish you good health.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Yellow narrow stool, but not always narrow with a lot of mucus and sometimes blood. Is this colon cancer?

Yellow narrow stool, but not always narrow with a lot of mucus and sometimes blood.  Is this colon cancer?

Bowel caliber/color: Any change in the caliber or color of stool should be evaluated with colonocscopy. ...Read more

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I have colon cancer stage 4 and i just started throwning up blood. What is it?

I have colon cancer stage 4 and i just started throwning up blood. What is it?

Not sure: Depending on your treatment history and related health problems, this has a higher probability of being very serious. Please call your oncologist now or proceed to the ER (bring any advanced directives information with you). ...Read more

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Does a little of bloody mucus mean rectal or colon cancer?

Does a little of bloody mucus mean rectal or colon cancer?

Blood needs check-up: Bleeding from the GI tract (whether identified via mouth or rectum, whether visible in stool or found on fecal occult blood test) is never normal. Even "a little" of bleeding deserves evaluation to identify source. For most patients, however bleeding as you describe does not mean cancer, but rather inflammation, broken blood vessels, diverticulosis, infection, ischemia, fissures, hemorrhoids. ...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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Hi I have mucus after bm on and off and loose stools once a week. Worried about colon cancer. Should I worry?

Hi I have mucus after bm on and off and loose stools once a week. Worried about colon cancer. Should I worry?

No: It is highly unlikely that you have colon cancer. For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Hi there I'm 24/m I've been having mucus in my stool was white but now it's like a green colour for about 2 weeks now worried its colon cancer?

Hi there I'm 24/m I've been having mucus in my stool was white but now it's like a green colour for about 2 weeks now worried its colon cancer?

Do not worry: It is very highly unlikely that you have colon cancer. Drink enough water so that your urine is colorless and watery. For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Do you think I have colon cancer? I have trouble passing, soft stool a little bigger than a pencil and sometimes mucus in stool. Help please. I'm 21.

Do you think I have colon cancer?  I have trouble passing, soft stool a little bigger than a pencil and sometimes mucus in stool. Help please. I'm 21.

Large differential: While colon cancer is always a consideration it will not be in the top of the list given your age. Much more common conditions such as irritable bowel, hemorrhoids or inflammatory bowel disease can cause similar symptoms. Talk to your doc about your symptoms and possible work up. ...Read more

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1/4" diameter of mucus in stool 3X/wk, loose stools 1x/wk. Severe health anxiety. Worried about Colon cancer. No family history. Cancer or IBS?

1/4" diameter of mucus in stool 3X/wk, loose stools 1x/wk. Severe health anxiety. Worried about Colon cancer. No family history. Cancer or IBS?

Hypochondrasis: I feel your distress about having Colon cancer.
Relax about “No family history. Cancer or IBS”
Feel good about lack of abdominal pain, bloody stools, diarrhea alternating with constipation, or severe constipation.
Do not be victim of severe health anxiety, Be Captain of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
See a Psychiatrist for Therapy for anxiety due to stresses; coping skills and
medication. ...Read more

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Is 1/2 a penny size of mucus in stools 3x/wk and loose stools 1x/week a cause for concern? Could it be colon cancer? No family history.

Here are some...: Seeing various amount of mucus coated on stool is common and not clinically significant as long as having no blood, moving bowel regularly, and living a healthy active vibrant life. More? Ask Doc timely. If still in doubt, follow instructions in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. ...Read more

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Sudden Small Amts of mucus in stool every other day intermittent with loose stools for 2 wks. Fbc normal, stool parasite test negative. Colon cancer?

Probably not: Cause of mucus in stool usually secondary to an inflammatory process such as colitis. This could also causes loose stools. Most Ca's are asymptomatic when small. As they get larger they obstruct, bleed and occasionally perforate. Colonoscopy can easily define problem. ...Read more

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Extreme anemia, pale stool with mucus always diaherra that's thin. Pelvic pain. When passing normal stool it's hard and I bleed. Colon cancer?

Extreme anemia, pale stool with mucus always diaherra that's thin. Pelvic pain. When passing normal stool it's hard and I bleed. Colon cancer?

Not likely: It is very unlikely that you have colon cancer. But if you have anemia and bleed on passing stool, you must see your doctor for an evaluation. It may be as simple as taking a fiber laxative to soften the stool and taking iron supplement to correct iron deficiency. However, that can only be determined after examining you and it has to be done in person by your doctor. ...Read more

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Fbc and stool test normal. Not ibd or parasites. Sudden mucus in stool daily 2 wks. Some loose stools. Could this be normal Or ibs or Colon cancer?

Fbc and stool test normal. Not ibd or parasites. Sudden mucus in stool daily 2 wks. Some loose stools. Could this be normal Or ibs or Colon cancer?

IBS: 24 y male has chronic loose stools, recently with "mucus", and has had a negative clinical work-up for Irritable Bowel Disease, IBD. These symptoms can be attendant with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS, which is likely a functional disorder and dysautonomia. See comments: ...Read more

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Severe constipation- I tried using warm water and I noticed blood and mucus with no bowel movement. Grandfather died of colon cancer.?

Fiber and water: You need to increase your intake of fiber and water. You may take more fiber foods or take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. Drink enough water, daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Consult this site for fiber foods.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948
Wish you good health and a happy new year! ...Read more

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How can I best take care of colon cancer stage 4?

How can I best take care of colon cancer stage 4?

Varies: There are many options — mostly chemo but also surgical (if isolated liver or lung met) and interventional radiology. Chemo has many tiers as well. This is best discussed with ur oncologist. It's not a bad idea to get a second opioion. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer stage 4 fatal? I have been denied surgery because my albumin is too low. I get really bad fevers at night but that's all.

It is serious: Stage-4 cancer is an advanced stage of disease but not always fatal. Some pateints do survive this disease even in stage-4. But you need a good oncologist to treat you. I assume you have received some treatment with chemotherapy by now. Tell us more details about your chemotherapy. Take Tylenol(paracetamol) to control fever which can be caused by cancer especially if it has spread into your liver ...Read more

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Side effects to chemo. He's being treated for colon cancer stage 4.?

Side effects to chemo. He's being treated for colon cancer stage 4.?

Depends on chemo: The side effects of chemotherapy depend on the chemos involved. In general bone marrow suppression (bms) causing lower red blood cells (rbcs) with anemia, lowered wbcs with increased risk of infection, and lowerd platelets with increased risk of bleeding. Oxalipaltin ("o" in folfox) can cause numbness or cold induced nerve pain. Irinotecan ("i" in folfiri) causes diarrhea. Etc... ...Read more

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How successful is chemo treatments along with fu2 cheom for two days in treating colon cancer -stage 4?

How successful is chemo treatments along with fu2 cheom for two days in treating colon cancer -stage 4?

This is complicated: There are many chemo regimens for people with stage 4 colon cancer which include fluorouracil. The effectiveness of the chemotherapy varies quite a bit depending upon your coexisting medical conditions. On average, however, stage 4 colon cancer is very serious and regardless of treatment the 5-year survival rate is low, in the range of 10% or less. ...Read more

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Why do so many chemos fail to shrink cancer cells in some people? Would radiation do a better job? (such as with colon cancer, stage 4)?

Dna of tumor: There is a wide variation in the aggressiveness and tumor responsiveness from one patient to another and even in the same patient's tumor over time. Tumors have been shown to change their dna over time, changing the effectiveness of chemotherapy to kill the cancer cells. Radiation is limited by the location and sensitivity of surrounding local tissues to radiation damage. ...Read more

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How long do you have with stage 4 colon cancer?

How long do you have with stage 4 colon cancer?

Varied: This is something to discuss with your oncologist. ...Read more

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How can colon cancer get to stage 4 without any symptoms?

How can colon cancer get to stage 4 without any symptoms?

Unfortunate: This can happen and does so more often than we'd like. Doesn't effect function till later. ...Read more

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If you had stage 4 colon cancer can you live longer can you live longer than 5 years?

If you had stage 4 colon cancer can you live longer can you live longer than 5 years?

Yes: Some live 10+ years, some do not make it to 1year post-diagnosis. It depends on the nature of the tumor, where it has spread to, how much of it there is and in how many places, and how well it responds to treatment. Some stage 4 cancers can be removed entirely by surgery, but all require some form of chemotherapy for full treatment. Discuss with an experienced surgeon and oncologist! ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any chance of getting rid of stage 4 colon cancer?

Please let me know if there is any chance of getting rid of stage 4 colon cancer?

If by getting rid..: If by getting rid you mean to cure, usually no. There are some rare situations in which there are only one or 2 metastases that can be treated successfully with surgery followed by chemo and even more rare cases in which chemo alone could make it happen (i've seen it) but as a rule, stage IV is incurable. That does not mean it cannot be treated, but treatment will not cure it. ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more