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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

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