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How fast does colon cancer spread?

How fast does colon cancer spread?

Unpredictable: Colon cancer spread to local lymph nodes and then on to other organs such as liver, lungs, bones. It can spread through the blood vessels or locally to other organs such as kidneys, prostate, etc. Rate of spread is unpredictable at present and likely depends on growth factors, cancer differentiation, and unknown factors. Of cancers that comeback after surgery, most (80%) do so within 3 years. ...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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How fast does colon cancer spread? I have experienced blood in my stool, when I wipe, for the past year and a half. It happens once or twice about eve

How fast does colon cancer spread? I have experienced blood in my stool, when I wipe, for the past year and a half. It happens once or twice about eve

Unpredictable : Colon cancer can spread quickly to the whole body or, most of the times, takes time to spread around. Also, people are diagnosed at different stages of the disease and it is hard to predict when it actually started. It is best diagnosed by a colonoscopy and biopsy of any suspicious mass. ...Read more

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How fast will colon cancer spread in 2 weeks?

How fast will colon cancer spread in 2 weeks?

Not fast: Cancer is thought to spread over several weeks-months of time, not days to weeks. As such, the commission on cancer has guidelines for treatment that cover 7-21 days from presentation to treatment. That is not to say that there are not unusual cases of cancer that seem to be remarkably aggressive, colon cancer is usually not one of them. ...Read more

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How fast can ascending colon cancer (stage 1) spread? To where?

How fast can ascending colon cancer (stage 1) spread? To where?

Usually contained: Stage i ascending colon cancer is usually very easily treatable. Stage i means that it has not spread beyond the colon which is great news. If it ever does move, it usually moves to the lymph nodes, liver and lung. This would be detectable by regular scans after the colon tumor has been surgically removed. ...Read more

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How fast does colon cancer progress? Dad (50 years old)was recommended colonoscopy 8 months ago. He never went. Little worried.

How fast does colon cancer progress? Dad (50 years old)was recommended colonoscopy 8 months ago. He never went. Little worried.

Varies: On average, it takes about 10 years from the initiation of damage to invasive colon cancer, but there is considerable variation. Your dad my not have colon cancer, Colonoscopy is for early detection and prevention of colon cancer and it is a good idea for your dad to have it done. ...Read more

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How fast does colon cancer grow. CT Scans 2 1/2 years apart both negative. Would there have been some change by this point? Pcp says IBS.

How fast does colon cancer grow. CT Scans 2 1/2 years apart both negative. Would there have been some change by this point? Pcp says IBS.

It depend: First CT scan is not the best way to discover or screen or rule out colon cancer so negative CT scan does not mean anything as far as colon cancer concern colonoscopy is the best way to screen colon cancer
you are kind of young for colon cancer most likely your colon problems are caused by something else like IBS
good luck
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How does colon cancer spread?

Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes are the way colon cancer cells usually escape the colon. It can grow through the colon into the surroundings. Finally, it can move from lymph nodes into the blood stream that flows to the liver. When the colon is examined, and if lymph nodes are involved, chemotherapy is recommended. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Can be: The fastest-growers are the ones that follow genetic pathways associated with the lynch loci. They may not even be preceded by a polyp -- colonoscopy can be clean one year, and a year later, there's a cancer. That's actually quite fast as cancers go. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Where does colon cancer spread to?

Where does colon cancer spread to?

Colon ca mets: Most commonly to the liver. Then to the lungs. Rectal cancer may spread to lung before spreading to liver. ...Read more

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How long does it take colon cancer to spread?

How long does it take colon cancer to spread?

Variable. : It depends on the level of aggressiveness of the cancer cell which is extremely variable. Please check out www.Michaelsmission. Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. ...Read more

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How do I know if colon cancer has spread in my body?

How do I know if colon cancer has spread in my body?

See a doctor: Numerous test including ct scans and pet scans can determine if there is any evidence for metastatic disease. See your oncologist for the best advice. ...Read more

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How fast would colon cancer grow in a 62-year-old man?

How fast would colon cancer grow in a 62-year-old man?

Variable: It depends more on the cell type of the cancer than the person's age. Usually colon cancers grow fairly slowly, but some can have a more aggressive cell type. ...Read more

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Once colon cancer reaches the lymp nodes goes it spread more quicly?

Once colon cancer reaches the lymp nodes goes it spread more quicly?

It can: The more correct way of looking at this is if colon cancer is found in the lymph nodes at the time of surgery, this suggests that surgery alone may not be able to prevent the disease from spreading elsewhere. Chemotherapy may be needed and also a careful search should be done to see if the cancer has already spread to other places like the liver. ...Read more

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Is endometriosis that spread to or in the colon considered regular colon cancer?

Is endometriosis that spread to or in the colon considered regular colon cancer?

No.: Colon cancer usually starts in the inner part of the colon. Endometriosis implants on the colon, but is not invasive or life threatening. ...Read more

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If colon cancer was there several can chemotherapy actually cause cancer to spread? As all was fine before chemo (no distant spread)?

If colon cancer was there several can chemotherapy actually cause cancer to spread? As all was fine before chemo (no distant spread)?

Cancer metastatisis: It's very unlikely that chemotherapy would cause your cancer to spread. Chances are micro metastatic disease existed earlier and has just now become evident. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for colon cancer to spread to the lungs?

Is it unusual for colon cancer to spread to the lungs?

No: After the liver, the lungs are the most common distant site of colorectal metastases. In selected patients, removal of such lesions may be indicated and lead to increased survival. ...Read more

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Is metastic colon cancer spread to liver treatable?

Is metastic colon cancer spread to liver treatable?

Yes: NOT "curable" but definitely treatable... Direct perfusion anti-neoplastic drugs for one approach and possible immune therapy on the "horizon" ... A positive attitude is necessary and helpful. METASTATIC.CANCER IS A CHRONIC DISEASE! ...Read more

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How long does it take colon cancer to spread to liver?

How long does it take colon cancer to spread to liver?

Highly variable: Impossible to say as sometimes I have seen small colon cancers spread & seen large colon cancers not spread to other organs. Each person is different & each person's cancer can behave differently depending on cell type & genetics. ...Read more

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How fast can colon cancer be spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?

How fast can colon cancer be spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?

It is relative.: This depends upon the stage of cancer at diagnosis. Colon cancer is staged by the dukes' system. Stages a and b have no lymph mode involvement and so no spread is likely. Stage c patients do better if <5 nodes are involved so those are likely to be slower than those with >5 nodes. Stage d means distant metastasis (organs involved). It is hard to say since people come in at diferent stages. ...Read more

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What type and stage could be predicted of a colon cancer that is around 8 CM and not spread to lymph nodes?

What type and stage could be predicted of a colon cancer that is around 8 CM and not spread to lymph nodes?

Stage 1 or 2: A colon cancer that is confined to the bowel wall, irrespective of size is stage 1 or formerly duke's a. If it grows through the bowel wall, it is stage 2 or the old duke's b. If lymph nodes are involved, it is stage 3 or the old duke's c. Stage 4 or the old duke's d has spread to distant sites. Your described case could be stage 1 or 2. ...Read more

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What causes belching when you have colon cancer spread to the liver?

What causes belching when you have colon cancer spread to the liver?

Not specific: Belching relayed to swallowing air, or some gastric irritation, or outflow obstruction with relief of stomach gas by belching instead if forward peristalsis. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving colon cancer that has spread to liver, kidney and lungs?

What are the chances of surviving colon cancer that has spread to liver, kidney and lungs?

Poor: When one finds metastasis to multiple sites from a primary colon cancer the lesion was probably detected late in its development. If the patient is in good condition the primary if not resected should be removed. Chemo with FOLFOX and possibly avastin (bevacizumab) should be attempted. Kidney lesions are extremely rare but can respond to chemo and if causing complication should be resected. ...Read more

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Can colon cancer spread to adrenal gland?

Can colon cancer spread to adrenal gland?

Yes: However, a solitary adrenal mass seen on imaging without other evidence of metastases in a patient with a colon cancer primary is almost certainly a cortical adenoma. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer spread to neck if lymph nodes are negative?

Very unlikely: Colon cancer that does not involve lymph nodes should not have neck lymph node involvement. If you recently had surgery you probably had a central catheter placed in your neck for IV administration. This may be the lump you are feeling. Make sure you talk to your doctor at the next visit to have a look. You could also have swelling from the endotrachral tube. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a 78-year-old man with stage 3 colon cancer which has not spread?

Variable: There is >50% chance that your colon cancer is cured with surgery already, in which case your life expectancy should be like a normal healthy person. You may benefit from treatment using adjuvant chemotherapy, if your tumor had spread/involved the lymph nodes in the abdomen. Check with your doctor and let us know how many nodes were involved with your tumor? ...Read more

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Can colon cancer spread to an aortocaval node? This was note few months after surgery by a pet scan.

Can colon cancer spread to an aortocaval node? This was note few months after surgery by a pet scan.

Yes: Colon cancer can indeed spread to that lymph node, as well as to others. Also, PET scans can give false positive results. Confer with your doctor. ...Read more

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I was wondering for my 17 year old what would be the chances of surving colon cancer? If it spread to the spleen what stage would it be? Will he die?

I was wondering for my 17 year old what would be the chances of surving colon cancer? If it spread to the spleen what stage would it be? Will he die?

Why do you ask?: First, it's extremely uncommon for a 17-year old to have ordinary colon cancer unless there's a pre-existing multiple-polyps syndrome. Second, colon cancer almost never spreads to the spleen. Something is not right here. You need to find out exactly what's happening before you make any plans. I hope you get this solved. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My fathers colon cancer spread to the liver with several lesions on the liver. He now has larger lesions with one measuring 9.6 CM x8.5 cm. Prognosi?

My fathers colon cancer spread to the liver with several lesions on the liver. He now has larger lesions with one measuring 9.6 CM x8.5 cm.  Prognosi?

Poor: This is stage 4. For patients with colon cancer and liver lesions that could be totally resected, the 5-year overall survival can be 20% or more. Unfortunately in your father cases, the liver lesions are unlikely resectable. The 5-year overall survival for stage 4 is 6%. ...Read more

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Can my sister survive colon cancer that has spread to her stomach?

Can my sister survive colon cancer that has spread to her stomach?

Possibly.: Once cancer has spread outside the place it started, it is much harder to cure. If the cancer can be surgically removed from her stomach, or if it disappears with chemotherapy, it's possible she could be cured. But it's more likely the cancer will only be kept in check by treatment and not cured. I'm sorry to give you this news. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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. Tanya Russo
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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