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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 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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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 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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Is being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and being a diagnosed with stage 2 but having a recurrence later the same in terms if prognosis?

Is being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and being a diagnosed with stage 2 but having a recurrence later the same in terms if prognosis?

Prognosis is stage: It is stage-dependent. Once the Cancer has relapsed the prognosis is bad as the disease is typically fatal. As long as it remains stage-2, there is hope for a better prognosis as long as the disease is not visibly present. In one individual the prognosis and outcome is ultimately same although numerically speaking survival is longer as long as the Cancer has not shown up in the tests. ...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 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 long do you have with stage 4 colon cancer?

How long do you have with stage 4 colon cancer?

Varied: This is something to discuss with your oncologist. ...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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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.

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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How can I help my husband with stage 4 colon cancer. He's 59 yrs. Old?

How can I help my husband with stage 4 colon cancer. He's 59 yrs. Old?

By love &support: Stage IV is bad but not hope less, need to keep tumor under control. Good palliation is possible, adjuvant (additional) chemo various combination of 4or 5 available chem. Agents like, folfox, flfiri capfox etc in addition radiation, resection of liver tumor will be done some times, follow your oncologist advise will do pretty well, if want can use various health supplements good luck. ...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?

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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If you had stage 4 colon cancer can you live longer can you live longer than 5 years?

Yes: Some live 10+ years, some do not make it to 1year post-diagnosis. It depends on the nature of the tumor, where it has spread to, how much of it there is and in how many places, and how well it responds to treatment. Some stage 4 cancers can be removed entirely by surgery, but all require some form of chemotherapy for full treatment. Discuss with an experienced surgeon and oncologist! ...Read more

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In stage 4 colon cancer if appetite is poor / gone down, does this mean it's terminal?

In stage 4 colon cancer if appetite is poor / gone down, does this mean it's terminal?

In most progressive: Advanced diseases, apatite eventually ↓es. Few current treatments (unlike immune system) precisely target only Ca cells. Both Ca drives ↓ apatite, as do many Ca treatments, due to damage to healthy cells, yet there are always lots of individual variables. In any state of health, enough ↓ in nutritional intake makes it increasingly difficult to impossible to maintain body functions & stay alive. ...Read more

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If symptoms appeared and you have been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, how lng did you had the cancer since it started in your colon?

If symptoms appeared and you have been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, how lng did you had the cancer since it started in your colon?

Many years: It usually takes 10-15 years for a polyp to grow into a cancer including stage IV cancer - but much of this also has to do with the person's age, family history and other factors. Some cancers can certainly be a lot aggressive than others. But definitely a number of years. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any chance of getting rid of stage 4 colon cancer?

Please let me know if there is any chance of getting rid of stage 4 colon cancer?

If by getting rid..: ...You mean to cure, usually no. There are some rare situations in which there are only one or 2 metastases that can be treated successfully with surgery followed by chemo and even more rare cases in which chemo alone could make it happen (i've seen it) but as a rule, stage IV is incurable. That does not mean it cannot be treated, but treatment will not cure it. ...Read more

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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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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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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)?

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 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. Andrew Berry
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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


Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more