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How long could bowel cancer take to progress from stage1to stage 4?

How long could bowel cancer take to progress from stage1to stage 4?

Likely years: Usually colon cancer grows slowly and can be several years of growth from small to larger size. But each person is different and not all colon cancers act the same. ...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 a person have small bowel cancer before it causes symptoms?

How long can a person have small bowel cancer before it causes symptoms?

Varies: Some small bowel cancers, e.g., lymphomas may cause obstruction when the size approaches the lumen diameter; others like neuroendocrine tumors are usually slow growing may cause symptoms only on producing metastases. In general tumors spend about half their life before those become clinically manifest, therefore most cancers are there for years before being detected. ...Read more

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How long on average do people with bowel cancer that has spread to the liver usually live for?

How long on average do people with bowel cancer that has spread to the liver usually live for?

Depends: Without treatment, months. If the cancer responds to chemotherapy, then can be years. If it does not respond, months. If the area in the liver can be removed, then survival potentially can be prolonged. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My dads been diagnosed with bowel cancer that has spread to his lungs and stomach. He's 77 years old and want to know how long he's got?

My dads been diagnosed with bowel cancer that has spread to his lungs and stomach. He's 77 years old and want to know how long he's got?

Metastatic cancer: it is difficult to estimate how long one should expect to survive with metastatic cancer. Many factors influence this, such as the type and extent of the tumor and the patient's underlying medical health, and there are many new treatments which can extend life with metastatic bowel cancer. Best bet is to discuss this with his oncologist. Stay strong. ...Read more

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This morning i had a bowel movement that was about 12 inches long. Is this a sign of colon cancer?

This morning i had a bowel movement that was about 12 inches long. Is this a sign of colon cancer?

Not a specific sign: But any change in bowel habits is a warning sign. Have your doctor check your stool for occult blood. If that is positive, you need to have a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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My uncle has been diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer spread to the liver an d the 2 large lesions in the brain , could you tell me how long ?

My uncle has been diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer  spread to the liver an d the 2 large lesions in the brain , could you tell  me how long ?

Poor prognosis: Unfortunately, your uncle has poor prognosis. However, it is next to impossible for doctors to predict exactly someone's survival. It is all statistics and also depends on how healthy your uncle generally is and how he responds to treatment. Also is it small bowel or large bowel? ...Read more

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My husband had stage one colon cancer doc has removed most of his colon and intestine does have a bag how long will he live?

My husband had stage one colon cancer doc has removed most of his colon and intestine does have a bag how long will he live?

Good Prognosis: Stage i colon cancer means it is localized cancer confined to bowel wall, no lymph node spread , survival rate o f90%., do no worry and have regular check ups including endoscopy. ...Read more

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Mom is having colon cancer surgery at age 63. How long before bowels move and she can eat?

Mom is having colon cancer surgery at age 63. How long before bowels move and she can eat?

Depends on recovery: After colon cancer surgery, most people are able to start an oral diet in 24-36 hours, are on a regular diet by postop day 4 or 5, and have a bowel movement by day 4 or 5 as well. Of course, there is a range of acceptable. Also, these approximate ranges can vary significantly in complicated situations. Best of luck to your mother; she has a good advocate in you. ...Read more

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Is bowel cancer lethal?

Is bowel cancer lethal?

Depends: It depends. See my prior answer on colon cancer. The "bowels" can include more than colon cancer, but depending on the stage and other factors gi/bowel/colon cancer can be cured. ...Read more

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Is bowel cancer hereditary?

Is bowel cancer hereditary?

Bowel Cancer: Bowel cancer can be associated with a hereditary disease - familial adenomatous polyposis - an, in addition, there are families in which bowel cancer runs, striking members at an earlier age than the usual 50+ onset. If there is colo rectal cancer in your family, it is best to undergo a simple screening test at your age, even though you are below the age when colorectal cancer usually strikes. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...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