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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 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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Is rectal cancer curable?

Is rectal cancer curable?

Yes: If caught early, can be successfully treated with local excision or neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiation followed by surgery. The key is early diagnosis! all bleeding should be thoroughly evaluated and appropriate screening with colonoscopies can prevent more advance and incurable colorectal cancers! ...Read more

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How do you prevent rectal cancer?

How do you prevent rectal cancer?

Surveilance: The only proven effective method of reducing the incidence of colorectal cancer is surveillance colonoscopy with the removal of suspiciousmpolyps. ...Read more

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What is metastatic rectal cancer?

Tumor has spread: 'Metastatic' refers to a cancer that has spread to another site away from where it started. This happens when cancer invades blood vessels and lymphatics, allowing the cancer cells to spread and deposit in other organs. So ' metastatic rectal cancer ' means a tumor that started in the rectum is now outside the rectum, in other organs (liver is most common). ...Read more

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Is there a cure for rectal cancer?

Is there a cure for rectal cancer?

Yes: Depends on the extent or stage of the rectal cancer. Many options available, but it is definitely curable. ...Read more

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Is stage 1 rectal cancer very serious?

Is stage 1 rectal cancer very serious?

It can be..: This is where the cancer does not go past the muscle layer. Surgery can cure this but there are risks. Surgery can be through the abdomen with or without surgery on the anus. The first way might need a temporary or permanent colostomy, an opening for expulsion of waste. The other way requires a permanent colostomy. Surgery may be done that just involves the anus, but that risks recurrence. ...Read more

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What kind of doctors treats rectal cancer?

Several: Rectal cancer treatment generally includes radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery. This is achieved through a coordinated approach by a radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, and rectal surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the early signs of rectal cancer?

What are the early signs of rectal cancer?

Bleeding is hallmark: Symptom of rectal cancer. But by the time there is bleeding, it is usually advanced. This is why you should have your doctor examine your rectum, test stool for occult blood, and even do endoscopy if there is any suspicion of rectal cancer. ...Read more

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How common is stage 1 rectal cancer in women?

How common is stage 1 rectal cancer in women?

Low but rising: Rectal cancer rates are low in the young age groups but recent seer data analysis suggests that the rate of rectal cancer in people under 40 is rising. The recommendation for patients in the under 40 age group is to not ignore rectal bleeding or pain or change in bowel habits and to have a physician evaluate any such symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate stage 2a rectal cancer?

What is the survival rate stage 2a rectal cancer?

See below: About 67% of stage 2a rectal cancer patients survive five or more years. See this site for more info. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/detailedguide/colorectal-cancer-survival-rates. ...Read more

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Can changing what you eat help with rectal cancer?

Can changing what you eat help with rectal cancer?

Before or atfer?: Not after it is diagnosed. It can be prevented or its risk reduced by taking high fiber diet. But once it is already diagnosed, changing diet does not change anything. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Rectal Cancer (Definition)

Growth in size and number in an unregulated manner of a cell line that has developed a mutation, in this case it occurs in the cells that ...Read more