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Doctor insights on: Stage 3 Rectal Cancer Prognosis

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What is stage 3 rectal cancer recovery?

What is stage 3 rectal cancer recovery?

Lymph node disease: Stage 3 rectal cancer describes cancer that has spread to lymph nodes. Stage 3 rectal cancer is treated with surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotehrpay. The order of these treatments mary vary somewhat. Recovery from surgery generally takes about 4 weeks. The course of chemotherapy and radiation is usually 6 months. ...Read more

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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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How does surgery affect people who have stage 3 rectal cancer?

How does surgery affect people who have stage 3 rectal cancer?

Depends: On where in the rectum the tumor is and what specific surgery is performed, i need more information to adequately answer this question. ...Read more

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Does stage 3 rectal cancer cause serious longterm effects on continence?

Does stage 3 rectal cancer cause serious longterm effects on continence?

Depends: On how low in the rectum the cancer is and what modes of treatment are proposed or undertaken. If it is low it may indeed affect continence and a permanent colostomy may be indicated. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for stage 3 rectal cancer that doesn't affect continence?

Is there a cure for stage 3 rectal cancer that doesn't affect continence?

Location dependent: The closer rectal cancer is to the anus, the more likely it can affect muscle control of continence. Most surgeons will offer chemotherapy and radiation before surgery for stage 3 rectal cancer. After the tumor shrinks, surgery can be easier in terms of location from the anal sphincter muscles. Incontinence is not an expected result in most cases. ...Read more

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How do other illnesses affect stage 3 rectal cancer? Eg, ibs, chron's

How do other illnesses affect stage 3 rectal cancer? Eg, ibs, chron's

Depends: Other diseases generally do not affect the prognosis. Complications and recovery may be higher and longer depending on how debilitated the patient is from these conditions when treatment is rendered for the cancer. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy of stage 3 colo-rectal cancer with no radiation or chemo & no oncologist?

What is life expectancy of stage 3 colo-rectal cancer with no radiation or chemo & no oncologist?

Why?: Depends on the number of nodes involved and other factors but in average would be 40-50%. The question would be: why aren't you getting chemo? Current standards recommend post operative chemo for patients with stage iii colon cancer and pre or post chemo and radiation for stage ii or iii rectal cancer. If you are not getting chemo by choice, please reconsider. Either way best of luck. ...Read more

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How does rectal cancer affect the body?

How does rectal cancer affect the body?

Depends: Early on there may be no effect. As the disease progresses undiagnosed, you may develop a change in bowels, blood in stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy, loss of stamina, bowel obstruction, shortness of breath, anemia, early diagnosis in high risk patients or regular colonoscopies is the best way to avoid all of the above. ...Read more

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Is it common for people with rectal cancer to die quickc?

Rectal Ca: May rarely progress and cause death quickly, but it usually presents in a highly treatable form (bleeding draws attention), therapy depends in closeness to anal/spincter muscles, invasion into/thru bowel wall, and nodes. Even with liver and lung metastasis, life can usuallybe prlonged. So quick death would be an exception and unusual. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Rectal Cancer (Definition)

Cancer by definition is the growth in size and number in an unregulated manner of a cell line that has developed a mutation. The mutation is passed through the offspring which accumulate more and more mutations. The defining factor is that the cells act immortal as compared to normal cells that have a programmed lifespan. In the rectum this can occur in the cells that ...Read more


Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more