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Dr. Mark Pack Dr. Pack
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Is colon cancer fatal?

Dr. Mark Pack Dr. Pack
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Is colon cancer fatal?

Not Necessarily: It depends on the stage at diagnosis and the treatment obtained. ...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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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 colon cancer preventable?

Is colon cancer preventable?

For the most part.: Early detection via colonosocpy, not ignoring symptoms such as bleeding, change in bowels, anemia, unintentional weight loss, and not assuming all rectal bleeding is from hemorrhoids are some ways to reduce your chances and maybe prevent colon cancer from developing. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer curable?

Yes: Yes. Many people are cured with colon cancer. If found early surgery alone may be curable. If more advanced (eg, lymph node involvement or metastatic = spread to areas outside of colon), then chemotherapy may be needed. While less likely, even a few % of people with metastatic colon ca may be cured. ...Read more

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Is colorectal cancer always fatal?

Is colorectal cancer always fatal?

No: Most early colon cancers have a very high success rate of long term survival rate. More advanced cancers that spread to other sites do not have the same success rates, but can still live for years. ...Read more

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Is metastatic colon cancer curable?

Is metastatic colon cancer curable?

Possible: But less than 20% survive 5 years. Depends on where the metastases are and how numerous and size. Solitary liver mets without evidence elsewhere in the body can be cured with a liver resection. Diffuse mets to numerous body parts rarelyare curable. ...Read more

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Is stomach cancer deadly?

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Is stomach cancer deadly?

Yes: Yes it is especially true in the advanced stage . For a very early stage- curative surgery is the best way to go-but again also will depend on the surgeon's skill and experience. ...Read more

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Is pancreatic cancer always fatal?

Is pancreatic cancer always fatal?

No, but it's serious: Pancreatic cancer is often fatal because it is not caught early. If the cancer is small and can be completely removed, it can be cured. We have better chemo drugs and better surgeries, but still, 5 years after diagnosis only about 5% of patients are alive. Patients with small tumors have better chances than those with large tumors with spread to lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Is metastic colon cancer spread to liver treatable?

Is metastic colon cancer spread to liver treatable?

Yes: NOT "curable" but definitely treatable...Direct perfusion anti-neoplastic drugs for one approach and possible immune therapy on the "horizon" ...A positive attitude is necessary and helpful.. METASTATIC .CANCER IS A CHRONIC DISEASE! ...Read more

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Large intestinal cancer. Is that colon cancer?

Large intestinal cancer. Is that colon cancer?

Yes: The large intestine and the colon are words to describe the same anatomic structure in the abdomen. ...Read more

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Is intestinal cancer treatable?

Is intestinal cancer treatable?

Often: Treatment and curability depends upon the stage of disease at the time of diagnosis. If caught early, these tumors are quite curable. If more advanced, they are all treatable, but the capacity for cure of more advanced lesions is dependent on several factors. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Can be: The fastest-growers are the ones that follow genetic pathways associated with the lynch loci. They may not even be preceded by a polyp -- colonoscopy can be clean one year, and a year later, there's a cancer. That's actually quite fast as cancers go. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is liver metastases from colon cancer a death sentence?

Is liver metastases from colon cancer a death sentence?

It could be commuted: Until recently, colon cancer metastases in the liver were invariably fatal within a few years. However, there are some new biotechnology findings that suggest this may no longer always be the case. Your oncologist would be the person to ask. ...Read more

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Is urethra cancer fatal?

Depends upon stage.: Cancer of the urethra is not a very common malignancy but can happen. If a urethral cancer is small and has not spread (low stage), then the cancer may be treated by local therapy and cured. If a urethral cancer is large, deeply invasive and has spread to lymph nodes or other organs (higher stage disease), then it could be a serious problem. Stage is the most important prediction for outcome. ...Read more

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How is colon cancer inherited?

How is colon cancer inherited?

Genes: Most colon cancers are not inherited. However, there is a subset which is associated with inherited genetic abnormalities such as hereditary polyposis a this hereditary non polyposis gene (hnpp). There are also syndromes that make you susceptible to a variety of different cancers including colon cancer such as lynch syndrome. ...Read more

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Is non-small lung cancer fatal?

Is non-small lung cancer fatal?

Depends on stage: The long term prognosis of lung cancer depends on the stage of the cancer. The stage (1-4) depends on the size of the tumor and whether it has spread outside of the lung to lymph nodes, the lining of the chest wall (pleura) or other organs (liver, brain, etc). Some of this information may be determined by x ray test (ct scan, pet scan) and some may require biopsies to determine. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer genetic?

Is colon cancer genetic?

Sometimes: Some colon cancers are related to specific genetic mutations but the majority are not. ...Read more

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Is bowel cancer hereditary?

Is bowel cancer hereditary?

Somehow yes: There is some genetic predisposition in families with hx. Of colorectal cancer. Diet also plays a rol ( low fiber diet increases cancer). Familiar poliposis increases chances of colon cancer. Colon polyps may degenerate in cancer. Small intestine cancers are rare and difficult to find. In general there are families affected by cancers and families affected by atherosclerosis but both together too. ...Read more

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Is pancreatic cancer curable?

Is pancreatic cancer curable?

Sometimes: Typical pancreatic cancer (adenocarcinoma) is sometimes, but only rarely, curable. It is usually diagnosed in an advanced state making cure with surgery less likely. If relatively localized, chemotherapy and radiation therapy can improve survival time. ...Read more

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If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

Bag is rarely needed: Colostomy( external bag ) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery. It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack Dr. Pack
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Is colon cancer fatal?

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Not Necessarily: It depends on the stage at diagnosis and the treatment obtained. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer stage 4 fatal? I have been denied surgery because my albumin is to low. I get really bad fevers at night but that's all.

Is colon cancer stage 4 fatal? I have been denied surgery because my albumin is to low. I get really bad fevers at night but that's all.

It is serious: Stage-4 cancer is an advanced stage of disease but not always fatal. Some pateints do survive this disease even in stage-4. But you need a good oncologist to treat you. I assume you have received some treatment with chemotherapy by now. Tell us more details about your chemotherapy. Take Tylenol(paracetamol) to control fever which can be caused by cancer especially if it has spread into your liver ...Read more

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Can this be colon cancer?

Can this be colon cancer?

Not enough info: Colon cancer can present with or without symptoms. Common symptoms include change in stool caliber/consistency, rectal bleeding or blood with bm, abdominal pain, anemia. If you have not been screened, you should consider the various screening options for colon cancer, includine a stool test to check for blood, colonoscopy, or sigmoidoscopy. If you are having bleeding, you need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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How to know if colon cancer ?

How to know if colon cancer ?

Get tested: There are many tests that have been developed to test either a patient with concerning symptoms or just as a routine screening exam in an a symptomatic patient. Each individual situation is different. Testing stool for blood or now genetic abnormalities, rectal exam, X-rays such as barium enema or ct scan virtual colonoscopy are examples. Best is colonoscopy as you can both look and do. ...Read more

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What is the cause of colon cancer?

What is the cause of colon cancer?

Multiple factors: Age over 50, chronic intestinal diseases, polyps, diabetes, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, heavy alcohol consumption and filly history of cancer can all increase your risk. Majority occur due to acquired defects in cells lining the intestines from a combination of one or more factors. Small minority are hereditary. ...Read more

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How to know if I have colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy + biopsy as indicated. If you do have risk factors, you should have your first screening colonoscopy at age 50. ...Read more

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What are the stages of colon cancer?

1 through 4: The stage of colon cancer is based upon the depth of penetration of the cancer thru the colon wall, the presence or absence of lymph node involvement, and the presence of cancer elsewhere in the body (metastatic disease). The stage is associated with prognosis and guides our recommendations regarding chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is colon cancer?

What sort of disease is colon cancer?

Cancer: Colon cancer is a cancer of the large intestine (colon). Surgery is generally required to remove the portion of colon involved with cancer. Colonoscopy is performed to prevent colon cancer. Polyps, small growths, , which can turn into cancer, are removed during a colonoscopy so they don't turn into a cancer. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of colon cancer

What are the symptoms of colon cancer

None at early stage: Early stage of colon cancer has no symptoms at all , that is the reason to have colonascopy, at the age of 50 and on, . Early detection assures the cure, as tumor advances change of bowel habit, bleeding, weight loss, bowel obstruction etc. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of colon cancer?

What is the symptoms of colon cancer?

More than one sympto: The symptoms are different/varied in each person. Rectal bleed is a common symptom. A change of bowel habits(constipation alternating with diarrhea), weight loss and abdominal pain are relatively common symptoms. What is your age??? ...Read more

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What stage colon cancer is pt4a pn1c?

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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What stage colon cancer is pt4a pn1c?

T4aN1c M?: Any evidence of spreading to other organ? If no spread- t4an1 means- stage 3b cancer. If evidence of sprading to other organ- it is a stage 4. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms for colon cancer?

What is the symptoms for colon cancer?

Colon Cancer: Possible Sx's /Signs of colon cancer: Blood in stool, change in feces (loose stool/ constipation/ etc.), abdominal pain, cramps, gas, weight loss, weakness, incomplete evacuation of bowel. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/colon-cancer/basics/symptoms/con-20031877 ...Read more

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What is the prevalence of colon cancer?

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What is the prevalence of colon cancer?

Colon Cancer: Review of literature shows: 132,700 new cases diagnosed each year in the US. 93,000 of these cases are colon cancer and the rest are rectal cancer. Colon and rectal cancer is common and lethal. Five years survival rate varies from 93% for stage I to 8.6% for stage IV. ...Read more

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What are the usual signs of colon cancer?

Depends: Colon cancer sometimes presents with symptoms, but often has no symptoms until later. This is why getting regular screening colonoscopies is recommended. If symptoms are present they can include blood in the stool, weight loss, change in caliber of the stool. Abdominal pain is less common. Since this cancer grows from a small polyp into cancer slowly, be proactive & get regular colonoscopies! ...Read more

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What are the usual signs of colon cancer?

What are the usual signs of colon cancer?

Depend of location: Women and men are equally affected by colon cancer. The symptoms depend of the localization of the tumor in the right or the left colon. Family history is important. The right colon cancer can grows without symptoms, it presents with asthenia, weakness and when checked anemia will be present, in the left side cancer presents with progressive const.Ipation. Colonoscopy at 50 y.O find curable cancer. ...Read more

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How should I know if I have colon cancer?

Only way: To know for sure is by colonoscopy. If you are not in a high risk group and have no symptoms such as abdominal cramping, blood in stool, or anemia, your chances of colon cancer before age 50 is pretty low. Talk to your doctor about getting proper tests. ...Read more

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How to figure out if I have colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: Over the age of 40 xolonoscopy every 5 yers is a good idea becuase colon cancer can be detected early and cured. Idead is to pick up polypoid lesion that has not invaded into muscularis. Other than for that the diagnosis in an asymptomatic patient is diffieucult. A new test is being developed to measure shed antigen into the stool. This occurs in the earliest lesion where no markers in blood. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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. Walter Husar
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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