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Dr. Sewa Legha
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How long does it take stage four colon cancer to develop?

Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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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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Dr. Stephen Lloyd
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
41 years in practice
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How long does it take for stage1 colon cancer to develop into stage 4?

Dr. Stephen Lloyd
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
41 years in practice
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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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Dr. Stephen Lloyd
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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?

Dr. Stephen Lloyd
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
41 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Allyson Ocean
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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How long does it take colon cancer to spread?

Dr. Allyson Ocean
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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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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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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How long does it take colon cancer to spread to liver?

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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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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Dr. David Carl Houghton
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On average, how long does it take for a polyp to form and then turn into colon cancer?

Dr. David Carl Houghton
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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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Dr. Steven Chmielewski
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How long could colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage?

Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Board Certified, Diagnostic Radiology
25 years in practice
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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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Dr. Michael Thompson
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How long does colon cancer take to grow?

Dr. Michael Thompson
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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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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Dr. Edward Gold
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How long does colon cancer take to move from stage to stage?

Dr. Edward Gold
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
39 years in practice
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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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