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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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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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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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What is terminal Colon cancer?

Stage IV: When the cancer has metastasized to other organs and there is no controlling it by medical or surgical means ...Read more

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How long does colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage? How long have you had it by the time you can see it?

How long does colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage? How long have you had it by the time you can see it?

A long time: Colon cancer is unusual in that it follows the "polyp-to-cancer" sequence. Colon cancer does NOT develop with a single genetic mistake from normal to full blown cancer like many others (breast, prostate). The process usually takes an average of 12 years. From stage to stage is probably a couple of years, The recent hullaballoo at the VA demonstrated that even a one year wait may not matter! ...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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I'm just wondering, if you have colon cancer do you feel hungry all the time?

I'm just wondering, if you have colon cancer do you feel hungry all the time?

Information: Usually not. Actually it is the opposite. Cancers of the colon ofte suppress the appetite. ...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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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

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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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I want know the doubling time of colon cancer colo 320 dm in hours?

I want know the doubling time of colon cancer colo 320 dm in hours?

How much time is: Needed to double size, is difficult to tell, as so many other factors are invoked, in reported, slow growing tumor it is 620 days. All cancer cells do not grow in lab colo 320 ; 321 a type of ' line of colon cancer cells used to study effect of medications, cell death (apoptosis), in chemo- prevention of cancer as seen garlic has, diallyl sulfate which causes apoptosis of colo 320 cell. ...Read more

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Does 29 years old can have colon cancer and diverticulitis the same time?

Does 29 years old can have colon cancer and diverticulitis the same time?

Possible: Yes there is possibility. Please see gastroenterologist to be evaluate via colonoscopy. There are certain hereditary colon cancer that may associated with early age. ...Read more

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

Incurable not termin: The disease is incurable, but not all people with incurable diseases are terminally ill. The latter term describes people rapidly approaching death. That is characterized by dramatic weakness, fatigue, often weight loss. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you live with colon cancer stage four and luekemia?

For what length of time can you live with colon cancer stage four and luekemia?

Everyone is unique: Most survival data is based on populations - 10s or 100s of patients with a similar disease who are tracked over time. That give percentages/probabilities/averages.

However, every patient is unique, as medical professionals are finding out using genetics and personalized medical treatment. The listed diseases are very serious - be active in care decisions and do what is best for the patient. ...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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Can colon cancer stop causing pain at a given spot and start causing pain at another spot? Will local pain at cancer location increase with time?

Can colon cancer stop causing pain at a given spot and start causing pain at another spot? Will local pain at cancer location increase with time?

See below: It is highly unlikely that you have colon cancer at your age. See this site for information on this topic.
http://www. Webmd. Com/colorectal-cancer/guide/understanding-colorectal-cancer-symptoms
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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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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Age 79, male, colon cancer Pt3n1b, surgery finished. Chemotherapy or radiotherapy recommended? Or both?

Age 79, male, colon cancer Pt3n1b, surgery finished. Chemotherapy or radiotherapy recommended? Or both?

More info: The molecular and some of the subtle microscopic features must also be considered. Then the odds with and without different modalities can be reviewed. It will be your choice. ...Read more

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Can pain caused by colon cancer switch locations? For some time period its in the sigmoid, then in transverse, etc. (pain is felt only at one part)?

Can pain caused by colon cancer switch locations? For some time period its in the sigmoid, then in transverse, etc. (pain is felt only at one part)?

See below: 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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Mother has colon cancer (aged 57 at the time, irreversible colostomy) and I have Crohn's (aged 25, diagnosis 2010). How often should I get colonoscopy?

Mother has colon cancer (aged 57 at the time, irreversible colostomy) and I have Crohn's (aged 25, diagnosis 2010). How often should I get colonoscopy?

Probably q 3yrs: Colon cancer arises in bowel under several circumstances. Polyps found on colonoscopy contribute to 10-20% of malignancies. The others arise denovo in a field effect secondary to a virus or carcinogen. Another factor is inflammatory changes initiating malignant transformation. As such patients with Crohn's are at risk for developing colon cancer, which at present is best found by colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Do thin ribbon like stool mobements in case of colon cancer continue all the time or is it ab on and off thing?

Do thin ribbon like stool mobements in case of colon cancer continue all the time or is it ab on and off thing?

Ribbon like: Stool which is INTERMITTENT are DUE TO SPASM of the lower bowel (old term ="spastic colon") now this is a part of the diagnosis of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) which is a DIAGNOSIS of EXCLUSION (other GI problems MUST BE RULED OUT) SO STOP worrying about the "big C" and get yourself checked out by your PCP and at your age a COLONOSCOPY, may be recommended!
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...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.

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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Can you successfully treat a recurrent colon cancer? This is my mothers third time. Had all lymph nodes removed after first surgery I

Colon cancer: It appears your mother's colon cancer has been recurrent over a period of years, meaning it is not likely to cure her microscopic disease. That said, her disease can be managed for as long as individual foci can be targetted and more widespread disease cannot be controlled. There is no exact timeline on that, but regular follow up with her doctors should monitor her status/control/progression. ...Read more

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Person is 91yrs old has colon cancer, took 6wks of chemo and dr said no more. What do we expect and what symptoms will she have she has colon cancer and lesions on her liver as well as having cancer in the uretha when she finished her 6wks of chemo she

Person is 91yrs old has colon cancer, took 6wks of chemo and dr said no more. What do we expect and what symptoms will she have she has colon cancer and lesions on her liver as well as having cancer in the uretha when she finished her 6wks of chemo she

Palliative care: We're working to improve palliative care for patient. S early palliative supportive care has shown greater quality of life. Patients with less aggresive care (chemo) at the end-of life have shown to survive 2-3 months longer. Palliative care is not end-of life. It's focused on comfort, pain control, support and a better transition to end-of-life. Most patients prefert to pass at home and not alone. ...Read more

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Oncologist recommended chemo pills & IV at same time for stage 4 colon cancer for 63 yr old female. Pros/cons?

Oncologist recommended chemo pills & IV at same time for stage 4 colon cancer for 63 yr old female. Pros/cons?

Every medication: Or treatment has benefits and risks. Your oncologist has recommended this course of treatment based upon his extensive knowledge, education, and experience, and determined that this is the best course alternative. It is not a simple decision to recommend a course of treatment of a malignancy. If you have any doubts, you can always get a second opinion, but it sounds right to me. ...Read more

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On two occasions, I had smelly stools, bright red streaks in stools, and this time, rectal pain. Colon cancer??

On two occasions, I had smelly stools, bright red streaks in stools, and this time, rectal pain. Colon cancer??

Stool: Many things can cause it including hemorrhoids and IBS. Definitely check it out with a GI as soon as possible. ...Read more

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If you had colon cancer would blood be in your stool all or most of the time? I've had blood in my stool like 2 times in the last year, nothing else.

If you had colon cancer would blood be in your stool all or most of the time? I've had blood in my stool like 2 times in the last year, nothing else.

Not necessarily: Blood in the stool may be as benign as a fissure, hemorrhoids or it could be some form of colitis or even colon cancer. The best way to determine is to see a gastroenterologist for thorough exam, possibly a colonoscopy. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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. Dariush Saghafi
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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