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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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If you have ben diagnosed with adenocarcinoma colon cancer stage IV what is the outlook? Is there a cure? How will this affect the quality of ones l

If you have ben diagnosed with adenocarcinoma colon cancer stage IV what is the outlook? Is there a cure? How will this affect the quality of ones l

Outlook can be good: Eventhough stage iv, meenng metastatic disease, is not curable; the outlook can be good since there are good chemotherapy for this disease as well as other local aggressive treatments that are effective against this disease. The mainstay of treatment for stage IV remains chemo and local aggressive treatments like surgery, radiosurgery, rfa etc can be used when appropriate. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for stage IV colon cancer?

Is there any cure for stage IV colon cancer?

Cancer management: Short of a miracle (always possible), there is no 'cure' of stage IV colon cancer by man. However, management of the symptoms and sequelae can increase your quality and enjoyment of life, and increase disease free intervals so that you might have more 'good days.' I cannot stress enough the importance of rest, proper nutrition, positive outlook and attitude, and surround with supportive people! ...Read more

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Is it possible to go from no colon cancer to stage IV cancer with mestastasis within 9 months?

Is it possible to go from no colon cancer to stage IV cancer with mestastasis within 9 months?

Colon cancer: Usually takes years to develop, but rapid progression is possible with very aggressive variants. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mom is dying of stage IV colon cancer, how do I cope?

What can I do if my mom is dying of stage IV colon cancer, how do I cope?

Grief: Is she working with palliative care/ hospice? If so, they usually have a social worker or grief couselor that can help the family. Take care. ...Read more

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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

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What are the survivor rates for stage 4 colon cancer?

What are the survivor rates for stage 4 colon cancer?

Relatively low: If resectable, survival is about 25% at 5 years. Even if unresectable, I have many patients who are alive years after diagnosis with the use of chemo and avastin (bevacizumab). ...Read more

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How is it possible to have stage 4 colon cancer with no symptoms?

How is it possible to have stage 4 colon cancer with no symptoms?

Information: Unfortunately many cancers, particularly those in the abdomen, do not cause symptoms until they are far advanced. ...Read more

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How long does it take colon cancer to reach stage 4 from stage 1?

How long does it take colon cancer to reach stage 4 from stage 1?

Unpredictable: Most cases of Stage 1 colon cancer are cured with surgery. A small percentage tend to come back with a recurrence, usually in 2-3 years...but it can be shorter or longer time than this...so it is somewhat unpredictable but it is usually within 5 years for those who recur. ...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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Is being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and being a diagnosed with stage 2 but having a recurrence later the same in terms if prognosis?

Is being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and being a diagnosed with stage 2 but having a recurrence later the same in terms if prognosis?

Prognosis is stage: It is stage-dependent. Once the Cancer has relapsed the prognosis is bad as the disease is typically fatal. As long as it remains stage-2, there is hope for a better prognosis as long as the disease is not visibly present. In one individual the prognosis and outcome is ultimately same although numerically speaking survival is longer as long as the Cancer has not shown up in the tests. ...Read more

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What is the normal dose for Xeloda (capecitabine) for stage IV metastatic colon cancer?

What is the normal dose for Xeloda (capecitabine) for stage IV metastatic colon cancer?

Individualize dose: Xeloda (capecitabine) can be used as a single agent to treat stage IV metastatic colorectal cancer. The usual dose is 1250 mg/m2 twice daily orally for 14 days, followed by a 7-day rest period for a total cycle time of 21 days.
Adjuvant treatment is recommended for a total of 6 months (8 cycles). Doses may be altered for individual situations with reduced doses for patients with kidney problems. ...Read more

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Can a person live up to 5 years with stage IV colon cancer? 1 liver met and 1 node. Primary removed last year

Can a person live up to 5 years with stage IV colon cancer? 1 liver met and 1 node. Primary removed last year

Yes, possible: 25% to 40 % is 5 years survival for Stage IV colon cancer. With aggressive treatment by resection of involved liver and chemotherapy even getting better results in recent years than couple of decades ago. ...Read more

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What does stage 4 colon cancer mean?

What does stage 4 colon cancer mean?

It has spread: Stage 4 colon cancer involves spread to distant organs; commonly it spreads to the liver, lungs, bones, abdomen cavity. Though these patients can have long-term survival for years in most cases it is incurable. ...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 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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How likely is recovery from stage 4 colon cancer?

How likely is recovery from stage 4 colon cancer?

Stage IV means: Distant metastases, usually to liver or lungs. Treatment will require surgery to remove the primary cancer and some form of treatment for the mets. Surgery if technically possible, chemotherapy, or radiation are mainstays of treatment of distant mets. Discuss with your surgeon and oncologist all the options available. Complete recovery might not be possible. ...Read more

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Is there any help for someone in stage 4 colon cancer?

Is there any help for someone in stage 4 colon cancer?

Yes: There are multiple options depending on
the particulars of locations of the tumors, prior therapy, and your health status. Treatments may include surgical resection, chemo/targeted therapy, ablations, embolizations, radiation. Seek out a multidisciplinary team including experienced surgical, medical and radiation oncologists. Consider joining a clinical trial if available. ...Read more

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How should I cope when a spouse has stage 4 colon cancer?

How should I cope when a spouse has stage 4 colon cancer?

Find resources!: Make sure you have the information you need--and realize it might be different than what your spouse needs. Make sure you take care of yourself and have your own supports--it's a lot of work to be the spouse of someone with stage 4 colon cancer and you need to care for yourself to do the best job for your spouse! ...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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Can b17 cure cancer? Asked for someone with stage 4 colon cancer.

Can b17 cure cancer? Asked for someone with stage 4 colon cancer.

I: I wish there were a reliable cure for stage IV colon cancer, but unfortunately there is not, and vitamin b17 is most definitely not one. Vitamin b17 is another name for laetrile. This named was coined in the 50's in an attempt to overcome drug regulations and increase sales based on the popularity of vitamins. Laetrile, or amygdalin as it is also called, is not a vitamin by any definition of the biochemical term. There is no scientific evidence that laetrile or vitamin b17 has any anti-cancer benefits. I share many patients with naturopathic oncologists who prescribe nutritional and herbal therapies, but I've yet to see any of them consider laetrile effective.

In the very special circumstance when a stage IV colon cancer patient has only a small number of metastasis in the liver only, there is a possibility of being cured by a combination of surgery and other therapies. Most of the time in stage IV disease, the cancer has spread widely in the body and it is impossible for the body or doctors to get rid of every last bad cell. There are however, many new and effective treatments that have significantly lengthened the amount of time patients with this disease can live and with a good quality of life. Some of these treatments are chemotherapy. Many people forget that one of the most effective chemotherapy drugs for colon cancer, irinotecan (camptosar), is a slightly modified form of a compound originally found in the bark of the "happy tree" (camptotheca) which grows in southern china. Other effective treatments are special purified antibodies (which are part of our immune system). One class of these antibodies attack specific changes in the cancer cells that distinguish them from normal cells and can stop the cancer cells from growing so fast. Another class of these antibodies help stop the cancer cells from hijacking the normal body to build new blood vessels to feed the cancer.

More information can be found via the links below. I wish you or your loved on the best in their struggle with colon cancer. ...Read more

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How long does it take for stage1 colon cancer to develop into stage 4?

How long does it take for stage1 colon cancer to develop into stage 4?

Tough question: The evolution from polyp to cancer usually takes more than ten years. From state I to stage four probably takes several years, also, but can vary depending on how rapidly the cancer grows and spreads. ...Read more

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How can I help my husband with stage 4 colon cancer. He's 59 yrs. Old?

How can I help my husband with stage 4 colon cancer. He's 59 yrs. Old?

By love &support: Stage IV is bad but not hope less, need to keep tumor under control. Good palliation is possible, adjuvant (additional) chemo various combination of 4or 5 available chem. Agents like, folfox, flfiri capfox etc in addition radiation, resection of liver tumor will be done some times, follow your oncologist advise will do pretty well, if want can use various health supplements good luck. ...Read more

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What actually makes stage 4 colon cancer terminal? Is it organ failure?

What actually makes stage 4 colon cancer terminal? Is it organ failure?

Varies widely with: The individual yet correct & if fatal, one of more organ system functions become so compromised that staying alive becomes increasingly fragile and any number of otherwise easily handled variables result in death. Additionally, with awareness of ↑ing debility, decreasing options, often pain with very advanced disease, the internal will to live fades & dying appears the better option. ...Read more

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What are the options for a stage 4 colon cancer after reoccurrence of cancer?

It all depends: It all depends on where the cancer is now, the symptoms of the patient and in how many different places it is. Chemotherapy, radiation and surgery could all be a possibility but it all depends on the characteristics of the patient. A medical oncologist should be involved to make help the decisions.
All the best,
ariel. ...Read more

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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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In stage 4 colon cancer if appetite is poor / gone down, does this mean it's terminal?

In stage 4 colon cancer if appetite is poor / gone down, does this mean it's terminal?

In most progressive: Advanced diseases, apatite eventually ↓es. Few current treatments (unlike immune system) precisely target only Ca cells. Both Ca drives ↓ apatite, as do many Ca treatments, due to damage to healthy cells, yet there are always lots of individual variables. In any state of health, enough ↓ in nutritional intake makes it increasingly difficult to impossible to maintain body functions & stay alive. ...Read more

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If symptoms appeared and you have been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, how lng did you had the cancer since it started in your colon?

Many years: It usually takes 10-15 years for a polyp to grow into a cancer including stage IV cancer - but much of this also has to do with the person's age, family history and other factors. Some cancers can certainly be a lot aggressive than others. But definitely a number of years. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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


Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more