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Metastatic Colon Cancer To The Omentum
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
Cancer that spread: Metastatic means that the colon cancer has spread to other parts of your body. This can happen when the cells get into your blood or the lymph system and travel to other places. Cancer cells can also spread to nearby tissue or organs via direct contact. The most common places for colon cancer to spread to are: lymph nodes, liver, lungs, and the peritoneum (a membrane in your abdominal cavity). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be serious: Metastatic colon cancer often involves the bones, including the vertebrae that protect the spinal cord and provide support to your body. If you are having difficulty walking, the worst case scenario is having a metastatic lesion involve a vertebral body, and possibly causing nerve damage by compressing the spinal cord. As this can be very serious, you should consult your oncologist immediately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Individualize dose: Xeloda (capecitabine) can be used as a single agent to treat stage IV metastatic colorectal cancer. The usual dose is 1250 mg/m2 twice daily orally for 14 days, followed by a 7-day rest period for a total cycle time of 21 days. Adjuvant treatment is recommended for a total of 6 months (8 cycles). Doses may be altered for individual situations with reduced doses for patients with kidney problems. ...Read more
Would Xeloda (capecitabine) be as effective for metastatic colon cancer taken one week on one week off ?
Yes: There are different schedules for giving xeloda (capecitabine). The key is to give it in a way that's effective, but also decrease possible side effects. The "typical" schedule for Xeloda (capecitabine) is to take it twice daily for two week followed by a week off. However, the build-up of drug in the body causes more side effects than taking the drug twice daily for one week followed by a week off. And it works as well! ...Read more
Yes, it can be an op: This pill is often used in Japan. So it is not popular in the US. Moreover, it is better to be treated with a combination of 2 or 3 medicines that are proven useful in the treatment of metastatic colon Cancer. I would advise you to seek a second opinion so that you can make sure that your treatment is not substandard. ...Read more
My sister is on chemotherapy (folfox for metastatic colon cancer). Recent blood test shows high WBC (14, 000) and platelets (429). Is this okay?
No worries.: High WBC can be due to many causes: infection, stress, steroid use, dehydration, or the use of growth factor (such as neupogen). If there is no evidence of infection, then there is nothing to worry about. High platelet count is not uncommon since it is a body's reaction to stress of any cause (platelet is an acute phase reactant). Again, nothing to worry about. All the best, hk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer