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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. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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Should you drink alcohol if you have stage 4 colon cancer?

Should you drink alcohol if you have stage 4 colon cancer?

It's up to you: Your cancer is shortening your life. If you find alcohol enjoyable, and you would like to have some, I don't see a reason to deprive yourself. Just make sure your doctor knows and gives you some guidelines about how much is safe, as it could affect how your body metabolizes other medications you are taking. Drinking alcohol in moderation will not change your prognosis. ...Read more

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I don't drink alcohol at all and still have rectal bleeding, could I have colon cancer?

I don't drink alcohol at all and still have rectal bleeding, could I have colon cancer?

Maybe: Rectal bleeding is never normal. It always needs to be checked out by a physician. There are many causes of rectal bleeding. It could be something as simple as a hemorrhoid or something as serious as colon cancer. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol increase the risk of colon cancer?

Does drinking alcohol increase the risk of colon cancer?

It depends: Some studies suggest a link between an increased consumption of alcohol and colorectal cancer. A study analyzing the korean population showed a higher rate of colon cancer in people who consumed alcohol regularly. In a north carolina study the opposite appeared to be true - alcohol consumption seemed to decrease the rate of colon cancer. Basically, there there is no strong evidence either way. ...Read more

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My dad has stage 4 colon cancer, he hasn't eaten in 5 days, he's drinking fluids, sleeping 80% of the day, and has bad jaundice. How much longer?

My dad has stage 4 colon cancer, he hasn't eaten in 5 days, he's drinking fluids, sleeping 80% of the day, and has bad jaundice. How much longer?

Terminal Cancer: Let me say how very sorry I am about your father. It seems like he does not have a lot of time left. It is impossible for us to say how long. This is a question that is best left with his treating physicians who know his case best. Love him and be with him. My best to you and your family. ...Read more

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Following colon cancer surgery, is it safe to undergo chemo treatments when the liver isn't 100% healthy? Liver damaged slightly due to past drinking, no alcohol consumed for over 25 years now. Always healthy and strong. Exercise and healthy diet always.

Following colon cancer surgery, is it safe to undergo chemo treatments when the liver isn't 100% healthy? Liver damaged slightly due to past drinking, no alcohol consumed for over 25 years now. Always healthy and strong. Exercise and healthy diet always.

Probably yes: Chemotherapy for colon cancer is typically a regime abbreviated to folfox. There is an agent which has some liver toxicity but is generally safe. You will be closely monitored while on chemotherapy. And the oncologist will take into account your liver function and history before stsrting therapy. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could colon cancer be caused by over alcohol use?

Please tell me, could colon cancer be caused by over alcohol use?

Yes: Both alcohol and tobacco are associated with a number of gastrointestinal cancers including colon cancer. However, almost all colon cancer starts in polyps, and colonscopy can detect and remove them. See your doctor and discuss with him/her, and if you are drinking to excess, get help with stopping/reducing. If there is a family history of colon cancer, you are even more at risk. ...Read more

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How is it possible to have stage 4 colon cancer with no symptoms?

How is it possible to have stage 4 colon cancer with no symptoms?

Information: Unfortunately many cancers, particularly those in the abdomen, do not cause symptoms until they are far advanced. ...Read more

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What does stage 4 colon cancer mean?

What does stage 4 colon cancer mean?

It has spread: Stage 4 colon cancer involves spread to distant organs; commonly it spreads to the liver, lungs, bones, abdomen cavity. Though these patients can have long-term survival for years in most cases it is incurable. ...Read more

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How likely is recovery from stage 4 colon cancer?

How likely is recovery from stage 4 colon cancer?

Stage IV means: Distant metastases, usually to liver or lungs. Treatment will require surgery to remove the primary cancer and some form of treatment for the mets. Surgery if technically possible, chemotherapy, or radiation are mainstays of treatment of distant mets. Discuss with your surgeon and oncologist all the options available. Complete recovery might not be possible. ...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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What are the options for a stage 4 colon cancer after reoccurrence of cancer?

It all depends: It all depends on where the cancer is now, the symptoms of the patient and in how many different places it is. Chemotherapy, radiation and surgery could all be a possibility but it all depends on the characteristics of the patient. A medical oncologist should be involved to make help the decisions.
All the best,
ariel. ...Read more

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Oncologist recommended chemo pills & IV at same time for stage 4 colon cancer for 63 yr old female. Pros/cons?

Every medication: Or treatment has benefits and risks. Your oncologist has recommended this course of treatment based upon his extensive knowledge, education, and experience, and determined that this is the best course alternative. It is not a simple decision to recommend a course of treatment of a malignancy. If you have any doubts, you can always get a second opinion, but it sounds right to me. ...Read more

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How helpful are radio active beads for stage 4 colon cancer and what number should the liver result be (is 2 ok)?

How helpful are radio active beads for stage 4 colon cancer and what number should the liver result be (is 2 ok)?

More info please: There are more then one kind of radioactive microsphere for treatment of hepatic metastases. Because liver metastases are often the most life limiting issue in stage IV crc, local catheter directed cancer therapies can be very effective. This should be reviewed by a multidisciplinary team to advise you best. Vascular and interventional radiologists are the only providers who in fact perform the tx. ...Read more

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Is it possible for stage 4 colon cancer patient that is spread to liver as well have no classic symptoms of colon cancer existance?

Is it possible for stage 4 colon cancer patient that is spread to liver as well have no classic symptoms of colon cancer existance?

Colon cancer: Yes very common. That is the reason we do colon screening to get the small cancers out before they spread. Trust everyone gets this done as recommended in your health care system to prevent this preventable tragedy. ...Read more

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Brother diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer mestastic to the liver- report reads "tumors on liver too numerable to count", he's on chemo, his chances?

Not good.: Chemotherapy regiments, including targeted therapy, have improved response rates, including regional chemotherapy into the hepatic artery via a pump or with microspheres, all of which may prolong survival and improve quality of life. ...Read more

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Is there any help for someone in stage 4 colon cancer?

Is there any help for someone in stage 4 colon cancer?

Yes: There are multiple options depending on
the particulars of locations of the tumors, prior therapy, and your health status. Treatments may include surgical resection, chemo/targeted therapy, ablations, embolizations, radiation. Seek out a multidisciplinary team including experienced surgical, medical and radiation oncologists. Consider joining a clinical trial if available. ...Read more

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How should I cope when a spouse has stage 4 colon cancer?

How should I cope when a spouse has stage 4 colon cancer?

Find resources!: Make sure you have the information you need--and realize it might be different than what your spouse needs. Make sure you take care of yourself and have your own supports--it's a lot of work to be the spouse of someone with stage 4 colon cancer and you need to care for yourself to do the best job for your spouse! ...Read more

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Can b17 cure cancer? Asked for someone with stage 4 colon cancer.

I: I wish there were a reliable cure for stage IV colon cancer, but unfortunately there is not, and vitamin b17 is most definitely not one. Vitamin b17 is another name for laetrile. This named was coined in the 50's in an attempt to overcome drug regulations and increase sales based on the popularity of vitamins. Laetrile, or amygdalin as it is also called, is not a vitamin by any definition of the biochemical term. There is no scientific evidence that laetrile or vitamin b17 has any anti-cancer benefits. I share many patients with naturopathic oncologists who prescribe nutritional and herbal therapies, but I've yet to see any of them consider laetrile effective.

In the very special circumstance when a stage IV colon cancer patient has only a small number of metastasis in the liver only, there is a possibility of being cured by a combination of surgery and other therapies. Most of the time in stage IV disease, the cancer has spread widely in the body and it is impossible for the body or doctors to get rid of every last bad cell. There are however, many new and effective treatments that have significantly lengthened the amount of time patients with this disease can live and with a good quality of life. Some of these treatments are chemotherapy. Many people forget that one of the most effective chemotherapy drugs for colon cancer, irinotecan (camptosar), is a slightly modified form of a compound originally found in the bark of the "happy tree" (camptotheca) which grows in southern china. Other effective treatments are special purified antibodies (which are part of our immune system). One class of these antibodies attack specific changes in the cancer cells that distinguish them from normal cells and can stop the cancer cells from growing so fast. Another class of these antibodies help stop the cancer cells from hijacking the normal body to build new blood vessels to feed the cancer.

More information can be found via the links below. I wish you or your loved on the best in their struggle with colon cancer. ...Read more

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Does stage 4 colon cancer cause dehydration?

Does stage 4 colon cancer cause dehydration?

Dehydration: Colon cancer that leads to diarrhea or loose stool can lead to dehydration ...Read more

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What are the survivor rates for stage 4 colon cancer?

What are the survivor rates for stage 4 colon cancer?

Relatively low: If resectable, survival is about 25% at 5 years. Even if unresectable, I have many patients who are alive years after diagnosis with the use of chemo and avastin (bevacizumab). ...Read more

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How effective is y90 radiation for treating stage 4 colon cancer in combination with chemo?

How effective is y90 radiation for treating stage 4 colon cancer in combination with chemo?

Very good palliation: Y90 microspheres are very good at relieving pain or progression of liver metastasis from colon primaries. While this may improve survival chemotherapy addresses the disease in other parts of the body. Y90 is infused specifically into the liver and associated with good efficacy whith few side effects. ...Read more

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My mom stage 4 colon cancer we were told manageable she'll be ok. She died. Should he have told us no problem she'll be fine? I

My mom stage 4 colon cancer we were told manageable she'll be ok. She died. Should he have told us no problem she'll be fine? I

No dr: Can see everything in the future Possibly you should have been told more is dr knew more. Possibly dr was as taken as by surprise as were you ...Read more

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Is liver resection possible for brother w/stage 4 colon cancer mest to liver w/lots of tumor.

Is liver resection possible for brother w/stage 4 colon cancer mest to liver w/lots of tumor.

Possibly: Removal of liver metastases can sometimes be helpful for patients with colon cancer. A remarkable amount of cancer can be removed usually after there has been some response to chemotherapy. If surgery is not recommended alternatives such as radioembolization, chemoembolization, radiosurgery, or rfa or cryoablation may be considered. Get with an experienced team to determine the best course! ...Read more

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My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and a colostomy bag was necessary. What exactly is that?

My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and a colostomy bag was necessary. What exactly is that?

Form of diversion: Staging of colon cancer and colostomy unrelated. The use of a colostomy is when the removed colon and tumor usually approximate the anal region and resuturing of the proximal bowel cant be accomplished to reestablish continuity of bowel. On this basis the proximal end of the divided bowel is brought out on the skin but can be managed by irrigation and a patch rather than a bag. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and a colostomy bag was necessaryquestion about it?

What do you suggest if my mom diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and a colostomy bag was necessaryquestion about it?

What is question?: Stage 4 colon cancer means that the cancer has spread to distant sites. Chemotherapy is usually considered. I don't know what you question is but your mother should be under the care of a good medical oncologist. Stage 4 is very serious but not necessarily hopeless. Good luck! ...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


Dr. Shari Jackson
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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