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Is advanced stage colon cancer treatable?

Is advanced stage colon cancer treatable?

Yes and no: It is treatable but not curable. That is, you can treat it and may knock it down for a while ..t but it will always come back. But there are many factors that play into it. See cancer.org or cancer.gov for excellent information on the stage and what to expect. ...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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Is metastatic colon cancer curable?

Is metastatic colon cancer curable?

Possible: But less than 20% survive 5 years. Depends on where the metastases are and how numerous and size. Solitary liver mets without evidence elsewhere in the body can be cured with a liver resection. Diffuse mets to numerous body parts rarelyare curable. ...Read more

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Is stage 4 colorectal cancer curable?

Is stage 4 colorectal cancer curable?

Majority will be No: When the cancer has spread to other organ beyond the primary organ-metastatic disease- or stage 4- , majority , it is an incurable disease. In a very selected case, when the metastatic disease is very limited - 1 or 2- only in the liver or only in the lung- and no other disease anywhere else and if surgery can be done to remove completely, attemp to cure the cancer can be done with chemo & surgery. ...Read more

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Is stage II ovarian cancer still considered early stage?

Is stage II ovarian cancer still considered early stage?

Sort of: Stage i cancer is early stage; stage IV cancer is late stage, with metastasis. Stage two is in the middle, with better prognosis due to limited spread - average 5 year survival is 66%. ...Read more

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What's advanced stage cancer?

What's advanced stage cancer?

Large or spread: This depends on the cancer diagnosis, but usually means that the cancer is large or has spread beyond the site of origin. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer curable?

Is colon cancer curable?

Yes: Yes. Many people are cured with colon cancer. If found early surgery alone may be curable. If more advanced (eg, lymph node involvement or metastatic = spread to areas outside of colon), then chemotherapy may be needed. While less likely, even a few % of people with metastatic colon ca may be cured. ...Read more

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Chances of metastasis to lung of stage II colon cancer?

Chances of metastasis to lung of stage II colon cancer?

Low but not zero: Stage ii colon cancer means no lymph node involvement by definition, but inadequate lymph node sampling (surgical resection) may "understage" the cancer, so make sure enough ln were taken -minimum of 12! even with appropriate surgery, mets may still occur, although very unusual, so discuss with your treating docs. A pet/ct may give some reassurance so ask if this can be done. ...Read more

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Can early stage cancer diagnosis eventually turn metastatic?

Can early stage cancer diagnosis eventually turn metastatic?

Yes: This depends on the cancer type, but most early stage cancers have the potential to spread if not treated. ...Read more

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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

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Is stage 3c breast cancer curable?

Is stage 3c breast cancer curable?

Yes: ...In theory, with aggressive multi modality therapy (surgery plus chemo plus radiation +/- hormones +/- herceptin). The risk of relapse is high but you do all you can and hope for the best. If this is about you, fight well and best wishes. ...Read more

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Does stage 4 metastic colon cancer cause dehydration?

Does stage 4 metastic colon cancer cause dehydration?

Dehydration Ca Colon: Hello Kanabar T, YES it can but only as part of the process of succumbing from it, since Stage 4 means it is spread throughout the body. This would be an excellent cause for a referral to Hospice. thanks ...Read more

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Is stage IV pancreatic cancer terminal?

Is stage IV pancreatic cancer terminal?

Yes?: As a rule, stage 4 cancer of the pancreas is incurable. As to being terminal, it depends on the definition. If you mean it will kill the patient at some point, the vast majority of the times the answer is yes. If you mean it will kill the patient right away, it depends on the situation. Never say never, though, some patients have surprised me in the past. Sorry if it is about you or a loved one. ...Read more

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Can early stage colon cancer ever cause pain?

Can early stage colon cancer ever cause pain?

It can i suppose: But not likely. Pain from colon cancer is usually by intermittent obstruction or invasion of nerves, both advanced findings. Early colon cancers are usually asymptomatic and found on colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Is stage two breast cancer curable?

Is stage two breast cancer curable?

Survival Rates: According to the american cancer society the 5 year relative survival rate for stage 1 is 100%, stage ii- 93%, stage iii is 72% and stage IV is 22%. ...Read more

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End stage colon cancer what to expect?

End stage colon cancer what to expect?

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

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Do early stage cancers eventually turn metastatic?

Possibly: Unfortunately, most if not all cancers have the potential to spread. Depends on the kind, stage, and aggressiveness of the cancer. Still, many early stage cancers will never relapse, so it is a matter of being aware, not scared. Best to you. ...Read more

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Is stage IV metastatic cancer treatable?

Depends: Some cancers are curable with today's chemotherapy even if they have spread extensively. Others (for example, the common lung cancers) may someday be curable when they have reached stage iv, but not today. I've just seen reports of possible cures of stage IV colon and stomach cancers; i'm hopeful. ...Read more

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What is fourth stage colon cancer palliative care?

What is fourth stage colon cancer palliative care?

Medication: Usually this indicates that the colon cancer cells have traveled to the liver and surgical treatment is not possible. Chemotherapy is used to try and kill the cells. ...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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Can early stage colon cancer ever cause pain?

It can i suppose: But not likely. Pain from colon cancer is usually by intermittent obstruction or invasion of nerves, both advanced findings. Early colon cancers are usually asymptomatic and found on colonoscopy. ...Read more

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How accurately will a fecal test find early stage colon cancer? The one that looks for cancer blood markers. Please help!! Approximate percentage.

How accurately will a fecal test find early stage colon cancer? The one that looks for cancer blood markers. Please help!! Approximate percentage.

Pretty low: Conventional assessment of colorectal cancer (CRC) risk largely involves detection of non-dysplastic adenomatous polyps. Standardized sensitivity was 48.2%, for CRC stages I-IV, values were 35.0%, 63.0%, 46.0% and 77.4%, respectively. Specificity was 91.5%. Sensitivity for advanced adenomas was low (11.2%). Ref: Mol Diagn Ther. 2014 Apr;18(2):127 & Gut. 2014 Feb;63(2):317 ...Read more

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How long can you live with colon cancer early stage?

How long can you live with colon cancer early stage?

Depends: Early stage 1 or 2 colon cancer, if treated with surgical excision, has very high successful treatment chances. Long term survival to a full normal age can occur with early successful treatment. ...Read more

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Please describe the very early symptoms of colon cancer?

Please describe the very early symptoms of colon cancer?

Maybe none: First signs may be invisible rectal bleeding, changes to bowel function. Early colon cancers will have no symptoms. Colonoscopy is a way to find a colon cancer early. ...Read more

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Is intestinal obstruction an early symptom of colon cancer?

Is intestinal obstruction an early symptom of colon cancer?

No: This is more commonly a late symptom of colon cancer. It is almost impossible to obstruct for right sided colon cancer. Intestinal obstruction can presnet with a changes in bowel habits or constipation. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of colon cancer?

What are the early symptoms of colon cancer?

Colon cancer: Symptoms of colon cancer include rectal bleeding, weight-loss, abdominal pain, and change in bowel habits. Patients may not have any symptoms at all though. ...Read more

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How is colon cancer usually treated (if it's caught early)?

Surgery : Surgical removal of the tumor. Additional chemo only if warranted based on the stage of the cancer. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of colon cancer (early and late staged)?

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What are some of the symptoms of colon cancer (early and late staged)?

Here are some...: Every life event including colon cancer not only is a process of lifelong making, but displays on its pattern of full spectrum. Likewise, for colon cancer, at its early stage, no symptom but incidental finding found on routine colonoscopy; at its late stage, gross colon bleeding or bowel obstruction may evidence; at its middle path, symptoms are in between. More? Ask doc timely. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if my family has a history of colon cancer, how early should I start getting tested?

Could you tell me if my family has a history of colon cancer, how early should I start getting tested?

40: You should have a screening colonoscopy 10 years earlier than the regular population, so get screened by age 40. Eat a lower fat, higher fiber diet, and take a single Aspirin daily. Good luck. ...Read more

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So early satiety isnt common with colon cancer? Im 22 and have been worrying a lot

Very very rare at 22: At 22, colon cancer is so rare it should be the least of your concerns. Even if you were 50 early satiety is not the usual presentation, rectal bleeding or pain is. It is probably something else! ...Read more

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Is colon cancer common in the midtwenties? My grandmother's mom had it so should I be screened early?

No , uncommon : It is uncommon at your age , every one has to concerned at any age when has unexpected wt loss , altered bm, bleeding , tarry stool , abdominal dissension, must see md & get colonoscopy done one member with distant past is not considered familial cancer .You are 22 yr old with no symptoms , do not worry enjoy your life ...Read more

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Is weight loss an early symptom for colon cancer or for advanced ?

Is weight loss an early symptom for colon cancer or for advanced ?

If colon cancer: Is the only cause of weight loss and there are no other causes, it is a late sign. ...Read more

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Help please! is anemia an early or advanced symptom of colon cancer?

Help please! is anemia an early or advanced symptom of colon cancer?

Medium sign: When colon cancer starts to bleed, it shows up as occult blood in stool. As it bleed more, the stool color will turn black or red. Then, when your bone marrow, which makes blood cells, cannot keep up with the blood loss, you get signs of anemia. Then as cancer advances, you can get obstruction or perforation., or even spread to liver or other organs. Important to catch earlier than anemia. ...Read more

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My grandmothers mom had colon cancer in her 70's. My grandmother is still alive and mom has no risks but should we be screened early because of this?

My grandmothers mom had colon cancer in her 70's. My grandmother is still alive and mom has no risks but should we be screened early because of this?

Take a test: Because your grandmother had colon cancer, your mother is considered to be at risk and since i suspect she is in her 50's, she should have a screening colonoscopy. There are on-line risk assessment tools for risk for colon cancer - you might try the test located at the following url: http://digestive.Ccf.Org/. ...Read more

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80yo father diagnosed with early colon cancer. Inadequate margins, retreated. Expired 9yr later from obstruction how can I get slides to know my risk?

May not help: The slides will help tell you what kind of colon cancer you father had. They will not tell you anything about your risk. He and you (if he was alive) could be tested for certain genetic disorders that increase your risk. Sorry for your loss. ...Read more

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I notice last 2 days I get full faster or early satiety and im 22 I first got worried of colon cancer but my stools are normal and no other symptoms?

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I notice last 2 days I get full faster or early satiety and im 22 I first got worried of colon cancer but my stools are normal and no other symptoms?

Common things are...: Common things are common! that means one should look for common reasons for having one's symptoms. For feeling full shortly into a meal, there are many common reasons. The primary care doctor, after one or a few visits, can evaluate for the common causes. Then, a gastro-intestinal specialist can do added testing if needed. Cancer is always possible, but rare things are rare! ...Read more

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I understand colon cancer is rare in my 20s im 22 but is early satiety or loss of appetite specific symptoms of colon cancer? What are the main signs?

I understand colon cancer is rare in my 20s im 22 but is early satiety or loss of appetite specific symptoms of colon cancer? What are the main signs?

Wt loss: And early satiety are not normal, and you need a real vs a virtual person to ask you things, examine you, and see if further tests are needed. The one thing i'm fairly sure this is not is colon cancer. Can produce overt or covert blood, cramping, varied and changed bm patterns. A physical exam and full history would help a lot before mor costly testing. ...Read more

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My grandfather has been told he has cancer cells in his spinal cord. He survived colon cancer as he prevented it in the early stages. Is there hope?

Travelled cancer: Is never good. Colon cancer commonly goes to the liver, lungs and sometmes bones. If the spine bones are infested, they can collapse and put pressure on the spinal cord. Actual infestation of the cord or cerebrospinal fluid is highly unlikely. Both a neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist should see him in a hurry. ...Read more

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Do CT scans pick up early stages OR stages of ovarian cancer and colon cancer?

Do CT scans pick up early stages OR stages of ovarian cancer and colon cancer?

Yes/No: For early detection of Cancer, there are well defined screening guidelines which your primary care physician can share with you and guide you. For Colon cancer CT scan is not a good screening test. Instead Colonoscopy is the best test,but it is to be done> 40 years of age unless you have any symptoms like rectal bleeding or abdominal pain. Best thing you can do is to have an annual Physical exam. ...Read more

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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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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