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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. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...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?

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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For what length of time can you live being elderly stage 4 colon cancer and renal failure and sepsis?

For what length of time can you live being elderly stage 4 colon cancer and renal failure and sepsis?

Sounds like serious: Illness. Of the conditions you mentioned, sepsis is probably the worst, because it means uncontrolled infection throughout the body. Next is renal failure, but dialysis can reverse some of the effects of it. Stage 4 colon cancer means widespread disease, so prognosis is poor. To have all of these conditions at one time in one person is quite ominous. ...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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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 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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If you had stage 4 colon cancer can you live longer can you live longer than 5 years?

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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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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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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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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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more