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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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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 could you live for with undiagnosed cancer?

How long could you live for with undiagnosed cancer?

Idk,depends: It depends on many things- on the type of cancer- slowly growing, fast growing, what is your overall condition, etc. God only knows how long we are going to live for. So, enjoy your life and do the best you can everyday. ...Read more

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How long can you live with ovarian cancer?

How long can you live with ovarian cancer?

It depends: Ovarian cancer that is caught early enough can be cured with surgery and you can live a normal life. Ovarian cancer that can't be cured can be treated repeatedly. Many women live for years with ovarian cancer with intermittent treatment, but each case is different. This is something you should ask your oncologist to be very honest about. ...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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If left untreated, how long does a person have to live with colon and lymph node cancer?

If left untreated, how long does a person have to live with colon and lymph node cancer?

Can't tell: ...But if the cancer has not spread beyond the lymph nodes, it is still curable. We respect patient's decisions regarding treatment choices but i wonder why someone in these circumstances would prefer to go untreated. If this is about you, please think about it well. ...Read more

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How long can you live with colon cancer early stage?

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 do you usually live with heart cancer?

How long do you usually live with heart cancer?

Not long: True "heart cancer" is very rare. It is also called myocardial sarcoma. If it can be removed completely, it can be cured. However, it's often not possible to remove it, and in most cases it has already spread. It that's the case, it usually grows quickly. Chemotherapy is not helpful. Most people die within 6 months. I'm sorry to give you such bad news, but it's only fair for you to know. ...Read more

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How long can someone live with untreated colon or stomach cancer?

How long can someone live with untreated colon or stomach cancer?

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 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 can you live with treated cancer?

How long can you live with treated cancer?

Depends on stage: Deoending on stage and tumor type, if a primary is resected and no mets present one can be cured. If a pancreatectomy is performed and no nodal disease present the survival is no better than 10% at 2 years. If a breast cancer is resected with bone mets, when treated one can survive more than 5 years. In general lymphomas have a cure rate near 90%.with anti CD20 drugs ...Read more

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How long can you live with gastric cancer in 4th stage, if it has spread to liver, lungs, and pancreas?

How long can you live with gastric cancer in 4th stage, if it has spread to liver, lungs, and pancreas?

Not long: The prognosis is very poor, however life expectancy is ver hard for docs to predict. Life span will depend on responsiveness to treatment and performance status of the patient, but with disease like you describe, i would e pect 6 months or less. ...Read more

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How long do I have to live with stage IV untreated cervical cancer?

How long do I have to live with stage IV untreated cervical cancer?

It depends on the si: The site of metastases determines the prognosis and survival. Most patients will live from one to two years depending on where the cancer has spread to. Once the vital organs like liver or lungs are involved then it is likely to be about one year or less. You should actually consider taking treatment with chemotherapy which is quite well tolerated and can extend life for another one or two years. ...Read more

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How long can you live if your malignant melanoma is treated before it spreads?

How long can you live if your malignant melanoma is treated before it spreads?

Cure possible: It can be cured. Make sure you are being managed by a dermatologist with cancer experiencce. ...Read more

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How long would someone have to live if their cancer is metastasis?

How long would someone have to live if their cancer is metastasis?

It varies : This is often a very difficult, if not impossible, question to answer for patients. Knowing someone's cancer type and stage and overall health, we can look at statistics of comparable patients and provide estimates of response to therapy, but this is, at best, an educated guess. Statistics are for populations, not for individuals--what does someone look like who has "70% survived" a cancer? ...Read more

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How long can you live with adrenal cancer?

How long can you live with adrenal cancer?

Tough disease: Adrenal cancer tends to be an aggressive type. Additionally, unlike breast & colon cancer, there aren't many effective drugs to treat it. Consequently, the survival for patients with adrenal cancer tends to be rather low. That being said, there are rare cases that can be completely removed with surgery and controlled for many years. ...Read more

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How long can a person have to live without being treated for breast cancer?

How long can a person have to live without being treated for breast cancer?

?????: This is hard to say. It depends on what stage breast cancer you are dealing with. Breast cancer is one of the most treatable cancers. Before you decide not to pursue treatment, i recommend you get a 2nd opinion to evaluate your options. You may need a different approach and a new team that you feel more comfortable with. Get more info before you throw in the towel. ...Read more

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How long can someone live of they have liver cancer?

How long can someone live of they have liver cancer?

Depends on factors: There are a several factors which contribute to survival rate in all cancers, including liver cancer. Is it metastatic or primary? What is the general health of the patient? Does it involve regional blood vessels? What is the tumor type? So, seek the advice of a trained liver surgeon and an oncologist, and be your best advocate. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long can you survive if you have breast cancer?

How long can you survive if you have breast cancer?

Depends: There are different factors calculated -most importantly the stage of the cancer, the biology/molecular of the cancer, the treatment, response to therapy etc. Other things like age, overall health conditions, your decision are also important and affect on your prognosis and how long you are going to survive. It varies from just a few months to being cured. It is all individualized. D/w your md. ...Read more

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How long can I survive with undiagnosed possible stomach cancer?

How long can I survive with undiagnosed possible stomach cancer?

Unknown: Considering your condition is "undiagnosed" you may not even have stomach cancer. It could be an ulcer, gastric reflux, ulcerative colitis, or Chron's Disease, to name a few other options. These are all treatable. Rather than scare yourself into thinking the worst, have a medical exam and get treated for the actual problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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. Qamar Khan
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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