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Inoperable Stage 4 Colon Cancer
Not good, but: Each person is unique. Discss this question w/ the doctors involved in treatment. It's not good, but there are certainly cases that will do better than others. All life ends. Stage 4 cancer is quite advanced and life expectancy is shortened significantly. Overall health can matter a lot for how long and how good. ...Read more
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
Stage 4 mastatic colon cancer, multiple tumors and organs removed (2 surgeries) an inoperable tumor and c diff. 54 yr old woman. Life expectancy?
My dad has stage IV colon cancer with advanced liver mets..inoperable,non curative,on chemo &now coughing a little blood..is the cancer advancing?
I : I wish there were a reliable cure for stage IV colon cancer, but unfortunately there is not, and vitamin b17 is most definitely not one. Vitamin b17 is another name for laetrile. This named was coined in the 50's in an attempt to overcome drug regulations and increase sales based on the popularity of vitamins. Laetrile, or amygdalin as it is also called, is not a vitamin by any definition of the biochemical term. There is no scientific evidence that laetrile or vitamin b17 has any anti-cancer benefits. I share many patients with naturopathic oncologists who prescribe nutritional and herbal therapies, but i've yet to see any of them consider laetrile effective. In the very special circumstance when a stage IV colon cancer patient has only a small number of metastasis in the liver only, there is a possibility of being cured by a combination of surgery and other therapies. Most of the time in stage IV disease, the cancer has spread widely in the body and it is impossible for the body or doctors to get rid of every last bad cell. There are however, many new and effective treatments that have significantly lengthened the amount of time patients with this disease can live and with a good quality of life. Some of these treatments are chemotherapy. Many people forget that one of the most effective chemotherapy drugs for colon cancer, irinotecan (camptosar), is a slightly modified form of a compound originally found in the bark of the "happy tree" (camptotheca) which grows in southern china. Other effective treatments are special purified antibodies (which are part of our immune system). One class of these antibodies attack specific changes in the cancer cells that distinguish them from normal cells and can stop the cancer cells from growing so fast. Another class of these antibodies help stop the cancer cells from hijacking the normal body to build new blood vessels to feed the cancer. More information can be found via the links below. I wish you or your loved on the best in their struggle with colon cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: There are multiple options depending on the particulars of locations of the tumors, prior therapy, and your health status. Treatments may include surgical resection, chemo/targeted therapy, ablations, embolizations, radiation. Seek out a multidisciplinary team including experienced surgical, medical and radiation oncologists. Consider joining a clinical trial if available. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
By love &support: Stage IV is bad but not hope less , need to keep tumor under control . Good palliation is possible, adjuvant ( additional ) chemo various combination of 4or 5 available chem.Agents like, folfox , flfiri capfox etc in addition radiation, resection of liver tumor will be done some times, follow your oncologist advise will do pretty well, if want can use various health supplements good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If symptoms appeared and you have been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, how lng did you had the cancer since it started in your colon?
Many years : it usually takes 10-15 years for a polyp to grow into a cancer including stage IV cancer - but much of this also has to do with the person's age, family history and other factors. some cancers can certainly be a lot aggressive than others. but definitely a number of years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Find resources!: Make sure you have the information you need--and realize it might be different than what your spouse needs. Make sure you take care of yourself and have your own supports--it's a lot of work to be the spouse of someone with stage 4 colon cancer and you need to care for yourself to do the best job for your spouse! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It all depends: It all depends on where the cancer is now , the symptoms of the patient and in how many different places it is. Chemotherapy, radiation and surgery could all be a possibility but it all depends on the characteristics of the patient. A medical oncologist should be involved to make help the decisions. All the best, ariel. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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