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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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In the past 4 months, a family member has had colon cancer surgery, a permanent catheter, chemo, a severe UTI and 3 hospitalizations. Is it appropriate to diagnose him/her at age 83 with dementia when he/she has never forgotten a friend or family member's

In the past 4 months, a family member has had colon cancer surgery, a permanent catheter, chemo, a severe UTI and 3 hospitalizations. Is it appropriate to diagnose him/her at age 83 with dementia when he/she has never forgotten a friend or family member's

Probably not: When chronically ill, someone can at least temporarily lose cognitive functions they previously had, or have dysfunction in memory, concentration, judgment, etc. With what your relative has been experiencing it's possible his/her mental functioning could be impacted (delirium). This is treated by addressing the underlying medical causes, and hopefully previous functioning will return. ...Read more

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Why does end stage colon cancer cause hypercalcemia?

Why does end stage colon cancer cause hypercalcemia?

Several reasons: Calcium levels in blood are regulated by parathyroid hormone (pth). Some colon cancers make a substance similar to parathyroid hormone, which can increase calcium levels in the blood. Another possibility is that the cancer has spread to the bones, releasing calcium into the blood. ...Read more

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Why do lungs fill with fluid in end stage colon cancer?

Why do lungs fill with fluid in end stage colon cancer?

Edema : The end stages of many cancers involve fluid in the lungs which can make breathing difficult. There are many reasons; sometimes the cancer has spread to the lungs but not always. Malnutrition and the general body wasting of cancer also plays a role. ...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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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, 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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Approx how many mets and how big should they be to call colon cancer terminal ?

Approx how many mets and how big should they be to call colon cancer terminal ?

Not numerical: if there is any evidence of spread that cannot be removed surgically it is considered incurable and the treatments would involve chemotherapy, biological therapies and possibly radiation. ...Read more

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What would b classed as terminal colon cancer , ie how many tumors (mets) in the body, how big etc ?

Organ failure: Number and size of lesions does not determine terminal disease. Many colon lesions recurr in mid abdomen as extensive lesions producing bowel obstruction. Others present with multiple peritoneal seeding. When end organ failure develops that can't be relieved by colostomy or liver replaced to produce jaundice that can't be relieved by stent then patient is entering terminal state. ...Read more

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Third infussion of oxyplatin stopped half way ( half administered ), can the treatment still Work ? Metastic colon cancer

Third infussion of oxyplatin stopped half way ( half administered ), can the treatment still
Work ? Metastic colon cancer

It can: it can ,but usually they want maximal effect because there is no guarantee the chemo will work discuss the issue with your oncologist. ...Read more

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. Scott Keith
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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