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How Long Can Colon Cancer Go Undetected
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
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
???: Why? Even patients with advanced cancer can be treated successfully for control of symptoms and sometimes do well for over a year. Progressive ovarian cancer can be quite unpleasant so i'm not sure why it would be left untreated. Of course, if the patient has already received multiple chemos, it would be a different situation. To answer your ?, it depends but probably not for long. ...Read more
Hard to know: Most ovarian cancers are already stage 3 or 4 when they are diagnosed so we really don't know how long it took them to get there. In retrospect, many women have had symptoms for many months before their diagnosis. There may also be an asymptomatic stage that could last for months or even years before the symptoms begin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
More data needed.: One needs to know more. If resectable, then a resection and such could fix this issue. If it cannot be removed for some reason, then it varies on the ability to give nutrition. In most cases, if unresectable and this question is being asked about a loved one with advanced disease, it is best to fine a palliative care specialist who can address the problem. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many months: These are widely different cancers with differing life expectancies. Life expectancy also depends upon the stage of the cancer at time of diagnosis. At advanced stages, life expectancy is short and measured in weeks or months. In early stages, life expectancy could reach as long as a year or more. More information regarding the type and stage would be needed to give you the best answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For months and years: Especially chlamydia infections can make so subtle symptoms that women don't see a doctor, and may be diagnosed when the damage is done: scarred fallopian tubes that set them up for tubal pregnancies or not being able to get pregnant at all. ...Read more
Depends: Fundamental rule once detected must be removed as soon as possible , if general condition permits, . Some polyps like villous adenomas already will have atypical changes or early cancer , if larger than 2 cm will have 40% chance, other types may take months to couple of years for malignant transformation , no one will wait and see. Early colon cancer is curable, removal of polyp will prevent ca. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A long time: Most patients have a viral like illness at the time of infection followed by months or years without any symptoms what so ever. If you have placed yourself at risk the best advice I have is to get tested. ...Read more
The spread in months: Well it depends on the aggressiveness of the tumor itself since the grading of the tumor is variable. It will be counted in months and not years. In addition the size of the tumor the bigger in size it gets the more likelihood of spread to armpit lymph glands. ...Read more
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