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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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What is the life expectancy of a 78 year old, Stage 4 colon cancer spread to liver and lungs? Having chemotherapy (tablets) but losing weight.

What is the life expectancy of a 78 year old, Stage 4 colon cancer spread to liver and lungs? Having chemotherapy (tablets) but losing weight.

Life expectancy: At 78, with stage IV colon cancer, the survival is about 4-6 months without treatment. With the new treatments combining chemo with biological drugs, survival times are in the range of 24-30 months. With a less aggressive treatment I estimate an AVERAGE survival of 9-12 months. Keep in mind these estimates are just a ball park figure, keep things one month at a time. ...Read more

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Father got diagnosed w/ stage 4 colon cancer. Spread to liver, lungs, and brain. Currently at city of hope. Recommend a good place in LA areas? Help!

Father got diagnosed w/ stage 4 colon cancer. Spread to liver, lungs, and brain. Currently at city of hope. Recommend a good place in LA areas? Help!

Here R some options: City of Hope is a good Cancer Center. Alternative institutions include USC- Cancer Center, UCLA cancer Center and many oncologists in private practice. Search under Medical Oncologists in your area and make a call/s to find out if another medical oncologist would accept your father for treatment of his metastatic Colon cancer. This is a disease for which good treatments are available ...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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How long does one typically have with stage 4 liver cancer that has spread from colon cancer?

How long does one typically have with stage 4 liver cancer that has spread from colon cancer?

It varies a lot: There is good treatment for stage 4 colon Cancer. Most people live for 2-3 years when they take chemotherapy. If the liver tumor is small it can even be removed with surgery. Tell us about the dates of your diagnosis and what type of chemotherapy you have used and for how long? Then we can give you a better estimate of expected survival. ...Read more

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Stage 4 mastatic colon cancer, multiple tumors and organs removed (2 surgeries) an inoperable tumor and c diff. 54 yr old woman. Life expectancy?

Stage 4 mastatic colon cancer, multiple tumors and organs removed (2 surgeries) an inoperable tumor and c diff. 54 yr old woman. Life expectancy?

In general...: Stage 4 colon cancer patients have only a 5% 2 yr survival rate. There's no way to better define an individual's life expectancy. Good luck to all involved. ...Read more

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My mum, 67, was diagnosed with colon cancer with liver metastases, lesions in lungs and kidneys. Starting folfox tomorrow?? Life expectancy?

My mum, 67, was diagnosed with colon cancer with liver metastases, lesions in lungs and kidneys. Starting folfox tomorrow?? Life expectancy?

Not enough: Need to assess for Kras and Nras mutation IF she is wild type she should receive FOLFIRI and Erbitux

If she has mutation the treatment of choice FOLFOX and Avastin

Life expex 22 - 26 months... If responsive disease can be extended with other agents and survival can extend several years.

New agents add to OS sequencing of therapy is important to extend Overal survival ...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 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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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?

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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Can someone with stage 4 colon cancer with liver mets lives long after sucessful treatments.

Can someone with stage 4 colon cancer with liver mets lives long after sucessful treatments.

It is possible: Several factors regarding colon cancer liver metastasis predict long term survival. Where the mets present when the original tumor was discovered? How many mets are present? Is the CEA level over 200? How large are the liver mets? How many lymph nodes were positive from the colon specimen? Can all of the liver lesions be removed or ablated? Are there metastasis present elsewhere ie: the lungs. ...Read more

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Can a person live up to 5 years with stage IV colon cancer? 1 liver met and 1 node. Primary removed last year

Can a person live up to 5 years with stage IV colon cancer? 1 liver met and 1 node. Primary removed last year

Yes, possible: 25% to 40 % is 5 years survival for Stage IV colon cancer. With aggressive treatment by resection of involved liver and chemotherapy even getting better results in recent years than couple of decades ago. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure stage IV colon cancer that has limited number of mets to lung and liver?

Is it possible to cure stage IV colon cancer that has limited number of mets to lung and liver?

Hmmmm: You know, the terms "stage iv" and "cure" are not usually put in the same sentence by oncologists because in theory, most stage IV cancers are incurable. That said, I have seen a handful of patients who had a limited number of metastases to the liver or lung and are in remission years later after aggressive surgery and chemo. Don't lose hope. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can a person live up to 5 years does it make a difference if you were diagnosed stage IV colon cancer than if were stage III but now hav a liver met?

No diff: The prognosis of someone diagnosed today with a liver metastasis of a colon cancer diagnosed a few years ago is not different from that of someone presenting today with newly diagnosed liver mets and primary colon cancer. Five year survival is not the rule, unfortunately, but I have seen many patients whose life exceeded five years after such a diagnosis. Treatment is improving rapidly. ...Read more

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My mother has stage IV colon cancer that has mestitized to the liver. She has 15 tumors in liver with spots in her lungs and lymph nodes. Prognosis?

My mother has stage IV colon cancer that has mestitized to the liver. She has 15 tumors in liver with spots in her lungs and lymph nodes. Prognosis?

Stage IV colon cance: Your mohter's cancer is stage iv.

Please refer to the table on this page for survival data:

http://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/detailedguide/colorectal-cancer-survival-rates

i am so sorry to hear that you are going through this terrible time. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a 78 year old man with stage 3 colon cancer which has not spread?

Variable: There is >50% chance that your colon cancer is cured with surgery already, in which case your life expectancy should be like a normal healthy person. You may benefit from treatment using adjuvant chemotherapy, if your tumor had spread/involved the lymph nodes in the abdomen. Check with your doctor and let us know how many nodes were involved with your tumor? ...Read more

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Life expectancy of previously never sick, active healthy 67 year old after colon cancer surgery +12 rounds chemo, 6 months later spread to liver&lung?

Your best bet: Is to review a question like this with your medical oncologist. There are many different factors that contribute to survival statistics and you want to make sure you're being provided with accurate information. This requires a more complete understanding of your medical/oncologic history. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for class 4 colon cancer spread to liver? Is chemotherapy an only option?

What is the treatment for class 4 colon cancer spread to liver? Is chemotherapy an only option?

No: If there are only a few cancer areas (nodules) surgery may be an option. Depends on the number and location of the cancerous nodules, a surgeon should review a CAT scan of the liver. ...Read more

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40 yrs, stage 4 colon cancer spread to supra clavicular & para aortic nodes. Healthy & feel great, take xeloda (capecitabine). Dr says prog 1 - 2 yrs. Do I have hope?

40 yrs, stage 4 colon cancer spread to supra clavicular & para aortic nodes. Healthy & feel great, take xeloda (capecitabine). Dr says prog 1 - 2 yrs. Do I have hope?

AlwaysAlwaysAlways!!: I have talked with a few "heroes" who went through some extreme situations. They overcame fear by sheer determination. It was always there, but they dealt with it by focusing on the next necessary thing-and the next and the next...I was speaking with THEM because they took care of business. I imagine those who did not return kept that going to just before the bitter end, when they then relaxed fully ...Read more

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Is metastic colon cancer spread to liver treatable?

Is metastic colon cancer spread to liver treatable?

Yes: NOT "curable" but definitely treatable...Direct perfusion anti-neoplastic drugs for one approach and possible immune therapy on the "horizon". ..A positive attitude is necessary and helpful. METASTATIC. CANCER IS A CHRONIC DISEASE! ...Read more

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What can be done for colon cancer spread to liver when patient has low ejection fraction heart?

What can be done for colon cancer spread to liver when patient has low ejection fraction heart?

Difficult: Sorry. It sounds like a difficult situation. Options may be chemotherapy, intra-arterial chemotherapy injected onto the liver, radiofrequency ablation performed in radiology, etc. Depends on size & location of tumor in the liver. Need to coordinate carefully with the treating physians, oncologist & cardiologist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My colon cancer spread to liver. I have to see a nephrologist due to kidney damage. If organ damage prevents future treatment, what's approx lifespan?

My colon cancer spread to liver. I have to see a nephrologist due to kidney damage. If organ damage prevents future treatment, what's approx lifespan?

Depends: It highly depends on the type of cancer, spread to other organs, your overall functional status and comorbidities that you suffer from. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Is a CEA lab result of a 4.4 a good indicator for stage 4 colon cancer that perhaps the cancer has not spread that much? Better survival rate?

Is a CEA lab result of a 4.4 a good indicator for stage 4 colon cancer that perhaps the cancer has not spread that much? Better survival rate?

No: Cea (carcinoembryonicantigen) is a protein that is released by some tumors into the bloodstream. It is useful for follow-up of cancer after treatment, ie, if the CEA is elevated before treatment and returns to normal after treatment, we are optimistic that the cancer was well-treated. If it then becomes elevated, we must search for recurrence. In your case, it is impt to know the # pre-rx. ...Read more

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How long does it take colon cancer to spread to liver?

Highly variable: Impossible to say as sometimes I have seen small colon cancers spread & seen large colon cancers not spread to other organs. Each person is different & each person's cancer can behave differently depending on cell type & genetics. ...Read more

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Are there any new cancer drugs for colon cancer spread to the liver? My father is very ill and needs help.

Consider new trials: If I were in your father's position, I would consider being in a research trial (if one is available) for metastatic colon cancer. None of the approved therapies for this is curative; they are all palliative. I would probably favor something with an immune-based approach rather than a cell poison, if any such trial is available. This is just a personal preference I'm voicing. ...Read more

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If colon cancer was there several years n now removed - why only after surgery a liver met appears? All prior scans were showing no distant spread?

If colon cancer was there several years n now removed - why only after surgery a liver met appears? All prior scans were showing no distant spread?

Not unusual.: It sometimes takes years for a metastasis in the liver or elsewhere to become large enough to be seen with the tests that we have available, such as CT scans or pet scans. If the metastasis is isolated and small, it may still be able to be treated. Be sure to discuss this in depth with your oncologist. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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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