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Is it unusual for colon cancer to spread to the lungs?

Is it unusual for colon cancer to spread to the lungs?

No: After the liver, the lungs are the most common distant site of colorectal metastases. In selected patients, removal of such lesions may be indicated and lead to increased survival. ...Read more

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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 it possible for the cancer to spread beyond kidneys?

Is it possible for the cancer to spread beyond kidneys?

Kidney Cancer : If you are referring to primary kidney cancer, depending on the size of the tumor and whether it has penetrated a blood vessel, or lymph node, it is possible to spread to adjacent tissues or more distant sites, such as the liver and lungs. Even if it does, as a stage iii or IV tumor, in addition to your surgery, there are chemotherapy, radiation, biological and targeted therapies available. ...Read more

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How common is it for bladder cancer to spread to the brain?

How common is it for bladder cancer to spread to the brain?

Not common: Bladder cancer typically spreads to regional lymph nodes around bladder first. At advance stages, it may progress and spread to other abdominal organs (liver, prostate, vagina, uterus, urethra, etc.) but typically not brain. ...Read more

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How likely is it for breast cancer to spread to the ovaries?

How likely is it for breast cancer to spread to the ovaries?

In late stages: It is likely to spread when there is abdominal metastasis ( peritoneal ) but not common way of metastasis to ovary with out involving other organs like liver lung etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible for breast cancer to spread to bones even if it didn't reach the blood system or any lymph nodes?

Is it possible for breast cancer to spread to bones even if it didn't reach the blood system or any lymph nodes?

Possible: Hi ASandler, Typically, cancer spreads through the bloodstream (hematogenous spread) or the lymphatics as you stated. However, direct invasion is also possible. ...Read more

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How likely is it for someone to survive brain cancer and tuberculosis in the lungs?

How likely is it for someone to survive brain cancer and tuberculosis in the lungs?

Tb chances are good: It is quite unlikely to have both conditions at the same time. This makes therapy more challenging but doable. Cure from tuberculosis should be expected. The main concern here is the brain cancer. For the most common adult brain cancer, survival is about a year, give or take a few months. ...Read more

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Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon cancer so hard to treat?

Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon cancer so hard to treat?

Colon ca mets: To live is hard to treat because many times the metastasis is on multiple lobe of the liver and cannot be surgically removed. Surgeon only do surgery with the intention of cure if they can remove the metastasis completely. If surgery is not possible you should still consider chemotherapy. The quality of life is still pretty good even if not cured. ...Read more

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Once cancer has developed to stage 4, when it spread to different organs and chemo is given, does this remove cancer or is the organ itself cancerous?

Once cancer has developed to stage 4, when it spread to different organs and chemo is given, does this remove cancer or is the organ itself cancerous?

The organ is Ok: Cancer involved different organs as isolated scattered tumor nodules. With a good/effective chemo, the tumor nodules shrink and can sometimes disappear completely. The remaining organ is healthy and functions normally once cancer has been killed by the chemo. ...Read more

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How common is it for a malignant tumor to metastasize from the lung to the brain through the bloodstream?

How common is it for a malignant tumor to metastasize from the lung to the brain through the bloodstream?

Very: About 60, 000 americans each year have a primary lung cancer that's spread to the brain by the time it kills them. Radiaton may help, but the prospect of death by squeezing the brain out of the base of the skull is only one of the many horrors of lung cancer. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is it when prostate cancer spreads to the abdomen?

How harmful for your health is it when prostate cancer spreads to the abdomen?

Suggest treatment: Hello Maria, I hope I can be of help. Cancer spread is always serious, but in the case of prostate cancer treatments are available and should be discussed with the patients doctor or a Urologist or Oncologist. Best wishes, Dr. Long ...Read more

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Is it possible to survive bowel cancer with metastasis to pelvis?

Is it possible to survive bowel cancer with metastasis to pelvis?

Metastatic disease: While i always say that anything is possible- however, unforunately, when a cancer has spread beyond the primary organ- stage IV disease- it is an incurable disease , although in many cases is still treatable. Realistically, a 5 year survival rate for stage IV colon cancer is around 5%. The median overall survival would be around 2-3 years. ...Read more

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Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

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Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

Lung cancer: The different cell types of lung cancer have the propensity to spread to different organs either due to blood stream patterns, adjacent anatomy or the affinity of these other organs to receive and grow these cancer strains. It turns out that the brain is one of those susceptible organs. ...Read more

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Is it possible to recover from metastatic colon cancer?

Is it possible to recover from metastatic colon cancer?

Possible: If a met is localized to one or two areas in the liver, or other organ, and can be removed, there can be a cure. Chemotherapy is used after surgery in that case. In general we have advanced in our ability to control mets from colon cancer with chemotherapy and immunotherapy. It all depends on the details and the response to treatment. ...Read more

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What happens if recurrent bile duct cancer has spread to the bone it is difficult to treat?

What happens if recurrent bile duct cancer has spread to the bone it is difficult to treat?

Very difficult: Bile duct cancers behave in a similar fashion to pancreatic cancer. When localized to the common duct and resected, the patient has a chance, especially post RT with gemcitabine. When the tumor spreads to bone Im not sure that combo chemo with any of the available monoclonal can demonstrate any effect on survival. ...Read more

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Is throat cancer curable if it has spread to the liver?

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Is throat cancer curable if it has spread to the liver?

I wish I could say..: I wish i could say yes. But, unfortunately the answer is no. When the throat cancer has spred to the liver that is a stage IV disease and is an incurable disease. It is stil a treatable disease. Please discuss detail treatment plan with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for colon cancer to spread to the lungs?

No: After the liver, the lungs are the most common distant site of colorectal metastases. In selected patients, removal of such lesions may be indicated and lead to increased survival. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving colon cancer that has spread to liver, kidney and lungs?

What are the chances of surviving colon cancer that has spread to liver, kidney and lungs?

Poor: When one finds metastasis to multiple sites from a primary colon cancer the lesion was probably detected late in its development. If the patient is in good condition the primary if not resected should be removed. Chemo with FOLFOX and possibly avastin (bevacizumab) should be attempted. Kidney lesions are extremely rare but can respond to chemo and if causing complication should be resected. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a 78 year old, Stage 4 colon cancer spread to liver and lungs? Having chemotherapy (tablets) but losing weight.

What is the life expectancy of a 78 year old, Stage 4 colon cancer spread to liver and lungs? Having chemotherapy (tablets) but losing weight.

Life expectancy: At 78, with stage IV colon cancer, the survival is about 4-6 months without treatment. With the new treatments combining chemo with biological drugs, survival times are in the range of 24-30 months. With a less aggressive treatment I estimate an AVERAGE survival of 9-12 months. Keep in mind these estimates are just a ball park figure, keep things one month at a time. ...Read more

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My uncl has colon cancer that has spread to his liver and now his lungs. He also has CHF and had half of his colon removed. What is his survival rate?

My uncl has colon cancer that has spread to his liver and now his lungs. He also has CHF and had half of his colon removed. What is his survival rate?

Unfortunately: Not too much , not in years , make him comfortable, now the quality of life is important i end stage cancer disease, not just the patient , family also must participate in the decisions. ...Read more

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Life expectancy of previously never sick, active healthy 67 year old after colon cancer surgery +12 rounds chemo, 6 months later spread to liver&lung?

Life expectancy of previously never sick, active healthy 67 year old after colon cancer surgery +12 rounds chemo, 6 months later spread to liver&lung?

Your best bet: Is to review a question like this with your medical oncologist. There are many different factors that contribute to survival statistics and you want to make sure you're being provided with accurate information. This requires a more complete understanding of your medical/oncologic history. ...Read more

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Father got diagnosed w/ stage 4 colon cancer. Spread to liver, lungs, and brain. Currently at city of hope. Recommend a good place in LA areas? Help!

Father got diagnosed w/ stage 4 colon cancer. Spread to liver, lungs, and brain.  Currently at city of hope. Recommend a good place in LA areas? Help!

Here R some options: City of Hope is a good Cancer Center. Alternative institutions include USC- Cancer Center, UCLA cancer Center and many oncologists in private practice. search under Medical Oncologists in your area and make a call/s to find out if another medical oncologist would accept your father for treatment of his metastatic Colon cancer. This is a disease for which good treatments are available ...Read more

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Why do lungs fill with fluid in end stage colon cancer?

Why do lungs fill with fluid in end stage colon cancer?

Edema : The end stages of many cancers involve fluid in the lungs which can make breathing difficult. There are many reasons; sometimes the cancer has spread to the lungs but not always. Malnutrition and the general body wasting of cancer also plays a role. ...Read more

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How to identify the risk factors(determinants) of lung cancer, aids, &colon cancer?

How to identify the risk factors(determinants) of lung cancer, aids, &colon cancer?

Lifestyle choices: Cigarette smoking, promiscuous unprotected sex, and low fiber diet or positve family history are simple answers for your listed afflictions, respectively. Screening tests for lung cancer (CT chest), and colon cancer (colonoscopy) are available. Check the American Cancer Society website to determine if you fit the appropriate category to have these exams. ...Read more

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Colon cancer with cancer in liver, lungs sacrum and spine?

Colon cancer with cancer in liver, lungs sacrum and spine?

Stage of cancer: This sounds very serious. Cancer is staged to help understand the treatments and expectations for success with treatment, part of the risk/benefit analysis. Stage 4 is cancer that has spread or progressed significantly outside the organ where it started. Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 have diminishing expectations for treatment success. Take a friend with you to next appointment. You have choices. Be well. ...Read more

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Chances of metastasis to lung of stage II colon cancer?

Chances of metastasis to lung of stage II colon cancer?

Low but not zero: Stage ii colon cancer means no lymph node involvement by definition, but inadequate lymph node sampling (surgical resection) may "understage" the cancer, so make sure enough ln were taken -minimum of 12! even with appropriate surgery, mets may still occur, although very unusual, so discuss with your treating docs. A pet/ct may give some reassurance so ask if this can be done. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure stage IV colon cancer that has limited number of mets to lung and liver?

Is it possible to cure stage IV colon cancer that has limited number of mets to lung and liver?

Hmmmm: You know, the terms "stage iv" and "cure" are not usually put in the same sentence by oncologists because in theory, most stage IV cancers are incurable. That said, I have seen a handful of patients who had a limited number of metastases to the liver or lung and are in remission years later after aggressive surgery and chemo. Don't lose hope. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I had colon cancer three years ago, now nodule on left lung. Could it be cancer again?

I had colon cancer three years ago, now nodule on left lung. Could it be cancer again?

Yes: Depending on the Dukes classification as to extent of tumor into bowel wall and number of lymph nodes involved the chances of a lung lesion being metastasis is a possibility. A PET/CAT will help identify the lesion as met or not. If neg. careful follow up and possible biopsy might be necessary. ...Read more

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Is a 0.5 CM lung nodule in colon cancer pt regarded a small ? Can it be ablated ?

Is a 0.5 CM lung nodule in colon cancer pt regarded a small ? Can it be ablated ?

Depends on what: the nodule is. If the nodule is a met from colon cancer, then ablating this apparent solitary nodule is not likely to affect the course of the disease. Calling is small or large is not relevant, the nature of the lesions needs to be ascertained. ...Read more

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I have a 4x3mm sub plural nodule lower right lobe w/family history of lung and colon cancer. Should I get further testing?

What were you told?: These little nodules are extremely common especially in areas where histoplasmosis is endemic, like my home in Kansas. If you look hard enough, probably a majority of folks have them. Unless your radiologist recommends an attempt at a biopsy, I'd forget about it or as maximum monitor it by imaging. There's really no test except biospy; and it's too small to hit easily with a needle. ...Read more

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If chemotherapy fails , and there is a tiny new lung nodule , 1 liver met and 1 node can anything b done in colon cancer pt aged 65?

If chemotherapy fails , and there is a tiny new lung nodule , 1 liver met and 1 node can anything b done in colon cancer pt aged 65?

Sometimes: Depending on co-morbidities and surgical risk, some studies have shown survival benefit with surgical resection of metastatic lesions. Consult with cancer surgeon. ...Read more

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Colon cancer 3yrs ago. Surgery, 2spots was in liver..Chemo for 2yrs.Now z tumor is 15 cm& 7.5 wiz spots in lungs!fatigue &dysfunction liver. What help?

Colon cancer 3yrs ago. Surgery, 2spots was in liver..Chemo for 2yrs.Now z tumor is 15 cm& 7.5 wiz spots in lungs!fatigue &dysfunction liver. What help?

NCI: It does not seem as though surgery is an option for you at this time. Body-wide treatment such as chemotherapy is going to be the preferred way to treat this. Seek care at a national cancer institute designated comprehensive cancer center. This will give you the best access to available clinical trials. Another option is to go to the website www.Cancer.Gov and click in the clinical trial link! ...Read more

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My mum, 67 , was diagnosed with colon cancer with liver metastases, lesions in lungs and kidneys. Starting folfox tomorrow?? Life expectancy?

Not enough: Need to assess for Kras and Nras mutation IF she is wild type she should receive FOLFIRI and Erbitux If she has mutation the treatment of choice FOLFOX and Avastin Life expex 22 - 26 months... If responsive disease can be extended with other agents and survival can extend several years. New agents add to OS sequencing of therapy is important to extend Overal survival ...Read more

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What is prognosis like for colon cancer pt with 1 liver met, 1 node and 0.5 lung nodule ? Primary was resected last year . Cea 10. Bloodwork normal?

What is prognosis like for colon cancer pt with 1 liver met, 1 node and 0.5 lung nodule ? Primary was resected last year . Cea 10. Bloodwork normal?

Prognosis: Prognosis is determined at time of diagnosis/treatment. Seems cancer is/was stage 4, which has a shorter prognosis than stage 1. If stage 4 is NEW, newly discovered liver metastasis, then prognosis will be negatively impacted compared to a year ago. Regardless of prognosis, talk with your docs. Take friend/family with you to appointments to help with understanding. Treatments exist. Be well. ...Read more

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In colon cancer person can a 0.5 CM lung nodule be a met? This was seen on a ct Scan .

In colon cancer person can a 0.5 CM lung nodule be a met? This was seen on a ct
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Afraid so: Given the circumstances you described the lung nodule would be presumed to be a met unless proven otherwise. Does the person have liver mets? If yes, then the lung nodule is more likely to be met. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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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