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Is stage 4 colon cancer terminal?

Is stage 4 colon cancer terminal?

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

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 stage 4 colon cancer terminal?

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

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What actually makes stage 4 colon cancer terminal? Is it organ failure?

What actually makes stage 4 colon cancer terminal? Is it organ failure?

Varies widely with: The individual yet correct & if fatal, one of more organ system functions become so compromised that staying alive becomes increasingly fragile and any number of otherwise easily handled variables result in death. Additionally, with awareness of ↑ing debility, decreasing options, often pain with very advanced disease, the internal will to live fades & dying appears the better option. ...Read more

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Is there a law that helps me because I have to take time off work to help my father who has stage 4 terminal lung cancer?

Is there a law that helps me because I have to take time off work to help my father who has stage 4 terminal lung cancer?

Ask social worker: Sorry about your mom. There are both federal and state laws that may apply. Ask your employer or your mom's social worker (if on hospice or palliative care they can also provide or refer to one) about information and how to apply for fmla (the family medical leave act) and also about any state laws/regulations that may apply. ...Read more

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How bad is stage 4 cancer?

How bad is stage 4 cancer?

Verybad: Stage IV of what organ? In general it is end stage terminal cancer, how ever some cancers like lymphomas, testicular tumors etc when detected late will respond well to chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Can stage 4 cancer mean u will die soon?

Can stage 4 cancer mean u will die soon?

Not necessarily: Stage 4 cancer is a late stage cancer which has spread inside the body. But the survival is quite varied and it depends on which type of cancer it is. For many cancers we have good treatments and patients can live for several months to several years. Cancers like colon, breast and kidney can be controlled for 2-5 years even in stage 4. Others can be fatal over a period of few months. ...Read more

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How long do you have to live in stage 4 cancer?

How long do you have to live in stage 4 cancer?

Quite variable: Stage IV cancer generally means that the cancer has spread from its organ of origin to other organs. How long you have to live depends on where the cancer originated. For example, stage IV breast or colon cancer is much more easily treated than stage IV pancreatic or gallbladder cancer. So you need additional information to fully answer your question. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you live with stage 4 cancer?

Depends: Depends greatly on the type of cancer. A few stage IV cancer patients can be cured (lymphoma or testicular) some others can live for many years (er positive breast cancer) and yet others die very quickly. Also depends on the general health of the patient. ...Read more

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How long can it take for a healthy person to develop stage 4 cancer?

How long can it take for a healthy person to develop stage 4 cancer?

Hard to Know: Many healthy people get cancer. Stage IV just means that the cancer has spread around the body away from where it started (metastases). Some cancers spread around the body very early and the tumor where it started might be small and asymptomatic by the time that the metastases are detected. Fast growing cancers probably start 2-6 mo before diagnosis. Slow ones probably take a few years. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my wife has survived stage 4 cancer is there any organization that will do something for her?

What do you suggest if my wife has survived stage 4 cancer is there any organization that will do something for her?

Need more info: First of all, her doctor is a good source of information. The American Cancer Society has a great website with resources, help, and support. Without knowing more about what kind of cancer she had, how long ago, what kind of treatment she was given, and what her most recent exams and scans show, it's hard to know what advice to give you. I also am not sure what "something" you want done for her? ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many mutations does a stage 4 cancer have?

Can you let me know how many mutations does a stage 4 cancer have?

Not relevant: Stage 4 suggests that the cancer is metastatic or widespread. It is a clinical description to help determine prognosis and sometimes treatment options. Mutations are what happens to dna of normal cells that turn them into cancer. There can be many mutations, even in early cancer, but all it takes is one mutation. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get nutrition into someone (the best foods or types of foods) with stage 4 cancer with very little appetite?

What is the best way to get nutrition into someone (the best foods or types of foods) with stage 4 cancer with very little appetite?

Be wise: Ask guidance from your physician about the big picture. If there is a mechanical barrier to eating (esophageal or throat cancer, or bowel obstruction), feeding may not be possible. At the end of life, many people do not wish to eat. It's likely your loved one will be gone soon, and perhaps sharing time, warmth & love together is more important than "getting nutrition into" them. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom has stage 4 cancer?

What do you suggest if my mom has stage 4 cancer?

Cancer of....?: Treatment and prognosis of stage 4 cancers depend on the kind of cancer and the general health. She should see an oncologist. ...Read more

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How dangerous is an infection to a person with stage 4 cancer?

How dangerous is an infection to a person with stage 4 cancer?

What kind?: Almost any infection in a person with stage 4 cancer is bad, just that some are worse than others. ...Read more

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Why chemotherapy unable to cure stage 4 cancer even if the tumor is cleared?

Why chemotherapy unable to cure stage 4 cancer even if the tumor is cleared?

Many tumors are: Quite responsive to systemic therapy, and even disappear. Unfortunately, there are residual resistant cells that lurk beneath detection, and they re-emerge with time. Small cell lung cancer is the classic tumor that acts this way. So, the answer is resistant clones, not able to be eradicated with current therapy. ...Read more

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Does happy life really able to make patient with stage 4 cancer lives longer after having chemotherapy?

Does happy life really able to make patient with stage 4 cancer lives longer after having chemotherapy?

Maybe: A positive attitude is just as important to treatment as is the treatment in my opinion. I think the body recovers faster if hope is not lost. ...Read more

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Stage 4 cancer of the esophagus survival rate? Any hope?

Stage 4 cancer of the esophagus survival rate? Any hope?

Poor: Unfortunately, stage 4 cancer of the esophagus has a very poor prognosis. Most will not survive a year, even with chemotherapy and radiation. ...Read more

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Does apricot seeds help in controlling cancer? If yes, what kind of apricot seeds should be taken? Asking this to help my mom in stage 4 cancer.

Does apricot seeds help in controlling cancer? If yes, what kind of apricot seeds should be taken? Asking this to help my mom in stage 4 cancer.

No. I don't think so: I am sorry for your mom's condition. Unfortunately based on 200 references with 63 original articles and updates- the claims that laetrile or amygdalin have beneficial effects for cancer patients are not currently supported by sound clinical data. There is a considerable risk of serious adverse effects from cyanide poisoning after laetrile or amygdalin, especially after oral ingestion. ...Read more

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Is it possible for organs just stop working with stage 4 cancer of bone and liver?

Yes: With widespread cancer that has spread to several parts of the body including liver and bones, one could have multi-organ failure leading to death. ...Read more

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My mum 67 was diagnosed with metastatic caecal adenocarcinoma, aggressive stage 4 cancer. She's on folfox. Life expectancy??

My mum 67 was diagnosed with metastatic caecal adenocarcinoma, aggressive stage 4 cancer. She's on folfox. Life expectancy??

Varies from months/y: The overall survival of stage 4 colon cancer varies from 1 to 3 years. Most patients have at least 2 years if their tumor responds to chemo. If you tumors regresses after chemo, it may even be surgically removable in which case long term survival (even a cure) can be possible. Ask more questions to your treating oncologist. ...Read more

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My Dad originally had oesaphageal cancer, he received chemo before surgery but it didn't work. He now has stage 4 cancer in the lungs & major organs..

My Dad originally had oesaphageal cancer, he received chemo before surgery but it didn't work. He now has stage 4 cancer in the lungs & major organs..

Sounds like: A serious problem. Esophageal cancers have poor prognosis in general, because they are difficult to detect early and spread easily to adjacent and distant organs. ...Read more

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Stage 4 cancer that has spread to liver lungs and brain. What is live expectancy.?

Stage IV lung cancer: Straight to the point...There is nothing that will change or delay the inevitalbe. Everyday is a blessing and is precious and you should treat it as such. The text books will say six months or less but it is usually a lot less. Some patients will last a few days and others will take a few weeks depending on their overall strength. They are only traveling the path we all will soon follow. ...Read more

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If someone had stage 4 cancer and it spread to lungs and chest. Etc. Wouldn't a chest X-ray show something?

Depends: It would be great if the answer was a definitive yes. And, though the way you describe it, it seems likely, but it depends on the type of cancer, the extent of involvement, and the size of metastases. Also, if there are obscuring findings, like a diffuse pneumonia, it might be difficult to pick up on x-ray. ...Read more

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My best friend. 51 yrs old was diagnosis today with stage 4 cancer. Lung. Inoperable. Spread to adrenals. Bloodstream and more. How long can she live?

Stage 4 lung cancer: I'm sorry to hear about your best friend. Stage 4 lung cancer non-small cell type nowadays with all the advances we have made in modern chemotherapy and targeted therapies, the average survival is about 12-15 months. The chances of making 2 years is about 20% and chances of making 5 years are less than 5 %. There are very few patients who survive long term. ...Read more