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How long can colon cancer go untreated once u first have symptoms of it...like partial obstruction and pain?

How long can colon cancer go untreated once u first have symptoms of it...like partial obstruction and pain?

Varies: It depends on the location of the cancer. Cancers on the right side cause anemia before causing obstruction. Cancers on the right side are more likely to cause obstruction. Either of these symptoms is not an early sign. It also depends on the biologic characteristic of the tumor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex. ...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 long can I live with colon cancer?

How long can I live with colon cancer?

Depends on stage etc: Will depend on the stage, age, respond to therapy, other biomarkers /prognostic markers/ biology of the cancer, your overall condition etc. According to the seer- 5 year survival rate for localized (confined to primary site) is 89.9%; with regional (spread to regional lymph nodes) - is about 69.6% and with distant (cancer has metastasized) is about11.9%. Discuss in detail with oncologist. ...Read more

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How long does colon cancer take to grow?

How long does colon cancer take to grow?

Varies. ~10yrs: In general, we think about 10 years. Hence the "standard" colon screening recommendation (by colonoscopy) of every 10 years if the colon is well prepped and without pre-cancerous polyps. Colon cancer can grow faster especially in some familial syndromes. Individuals with polyps may and likely do need more frequent followup. Recs individualized by the GI physician. ...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 long does it take a colon cancer to grow?

How long does it take a colon cancer to grow?

Roughly one year: The immunogenic tumor protein, a post translational modification of MUC5ac is found in most colon Ca. When polyoma enters bowel to form a field effect, one site will develop a Ca. If resected and premalignant normal appearing cells which express MUC 5ac are left behind, suppression is eliminated and one of the foci, staining + for MUC5ac will grow and replace anastomosis in about 1 yr. ...Read more

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How long does it take stage four colon cancer to develop?

How long does it take stage four colon cancer to develop?

Many years: Patients can present with stage-4 colon cancer. This takes many years (10+) years to evolve. But early colon cancer treated with surgery can alter relapse as stage -4 disease. This can happen in a shorter time, anywhere from one to 5 years.. ...Read more

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How long does colon cancer take to move from stage to stage?

It depends: Every tumor is different in it's rate of growth an even it's potential to spread so there is no hard and fast rule to answer this question. ...Read more

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How long could colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage?

How long could colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage?

Years....we think.: Every individual tumor is different. The "teaching" is it takes 5 years for a polyp to undergo malignant change (turn into cancer) from there, it depends on location, age and many other factors we don't yet understand. Colon cancer can be indolent (slow growing) or aggressive. It depends on the individual cancer, and everyone is different. ...Read more

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How long can you live with untreated colon cancer? How do you die?

How long can you live with untreated colon cancer? How do you die?

Why?: The answer depends on the type of tumor, stage at which it is present and whether there are metastases. Why wait to see how long you will live? Go get yourself examined properly.
If it is early and still left untreated one can live for years or if advanced may only have survival in terms of months. Early diagnosis and treatment is best! ...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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Are there long-term effects of colon cancer?

Are there long-term effects of colon cancer?

Maybe: Colon cancer is dangerous unless treated and surgically removed, and can spread to lymph nodes or other organs such as the liver. It can grow and block the intestine, or bleed slowly and cause anemia. Once it is treated, if found early, there may be little or no long term problems. ...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 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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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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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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On average, how long does it take for a polyp to form and then turn into colon cancer?

On average, how long does it take for a polyp to form and then turn into colon cancer?

Years: It generally takes years for a polyp to form and then later become cancerous. This is why screening colonoscopy is only needed every 10 years if normal. ...Read more

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How long can oxyplatin and ralitetrexed improve survival by approx for metastic colon cancer?

How long can oxyplatin and ralitetrexed improve survival by approx for metastic colon cancer?

It varies: An average response to chemotherapy for Colon cancer lasts 9 to 12 months (range from 6 months to 2 years).
But it depends on how many tumors you have and their original size and the degree of tumor regression (shrinkage). Some tumors can regress nicely and may even go away, in which case you can gain some years of life and an occasional Cure is even possible. Ask your doctor to further address thi ...Read more

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If a scope shows that I have colon cancer after 6 months of low iron and other symptoms, what are my chances of survival if I've had it for that long?

DEPENDS: The prognosis for colon cancer does not depend on the length of time that you have had symptoms. It does depend on size and depth of the tumor, if it has spread to lymph nodes or other places and genetics of the cancer itself. Some patients have very advanced tumors with no symptoms while some have symptoms and have a very curable cancer. ...Read more

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Will long term constipation cause colon cancer?

Will long term constipation cause colon cancer?

Inlikely: Constipation itself does not lead to colon cancer. That being said the acute development of constipation that doesn't resolve with dietary modification and stool softener a can signify the development of a colon cancer and should always be evaluated by a gastroenterologist. ...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 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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Flaxn oil and cotage cheese protocole. How long he take to cure colon cancer or bowl cancer please?

Flaxn oil and cotage cheese protocole. How long he take to cure colon cancer or bowl cancer please?

It won't: This stuff is made up and you are being played for a sucker. Forgive my frankness. If you are truly a cancer patient, the disease is cruel enough. Charlatans and crackpots who publish these imaginary "cures" simply add to the cruelty -- and in the end, when it fails, they may even blame you. It's vicious. Please don't fall for this stuff. ...Read more

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Can long term consumption of psyllium husk help prevent colon cancer?

The idea: Is appealing, in that it promotes regularity, and a theory of duration of carcinogens as cause of colorectal cancer makes sense. However, I do not know that there are objective, controlled data, i.E one group got it, the other group a placebo, and follow up for many years. ...Read more

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On average how long does colon cancer take to metastasize from when it first started forming? I'm just curious.

On average how long does colon cancer take to metastasize from when it first started forming? I'm just curious.

Variable: Nobody knows this answer, because some patients have metastasis at diagnosis, and some don't, even with the same tumor size. I would think it would be measured in weeks to months however, maybe even years for some. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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If someone got colon cancer and never got treatment of any sort, how long before they would show signs of being sick and how long would they live for?

A long time,,: This disease takes a while to develop like 20-30 years, unless it's associated with one of the polyp syndromes that cause it to appear much earlier. Usually it presents in the sixth decade of life (50-60) as fatigue and or change in bowel habits and abdominal discomfort. By this time it's usually advanced and 5 year survival is compromised. That's why colonoscopy is done for polyps at 50. ...Read more

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I've been having long sometimes smelly flatulence problems since yesterday and it won't go away. Could this mean I have colon cancer? 19 year old/Male

I've been having long sometimes smelly flatulence problems since yesterday and it won't go away. Could this mean I have colon cancer? 19 year old/Male

Common causes first: This might be a sign of a transient food intolerance, with such a short history.
Early stage of stomach flu/gastroenteritis can present like this.
If symptoms continue with diarrhea, blood in stools, poor appetite and severe colicky abdominal pain for more than a week, you need to have it assessed.
Family history of such illness is useful history. ...Read more

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If IRE (nano knife)is done for colon cancer mets, can person get long term remission?

If IRE (nano knife)is done for colon cancer mets, can person get long term remission?

Palliation possible: IRE (irreversibleelectroportation) a minimally invasive procedure, soft tissue tumor cells are killed by electrical thermal energy, sparing close by vital structures like blood vessels Fair remission is possible by reducing tumor load on host, preventing pressure on vital organs etc ...Read more

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How long does one typically have with stage 4 liver cancer that has spread from colon cancer?

It varies a lot: There is good treatment for stage 4 colon Cancer. Most people live for 2-3 years when they take chemotherapy. If the liver tumor is small it can even be removed with surgery. Tell us about the dates of your diagnosis and what type of chemotherapy you have used and for how long? Then we can give you a better estimate of expected survival. ...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


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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