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Stage 4 rectal cancer two spots in lung and one on ovary doc wants to do chemo why when I read survival rate is very low for stage 4 that has spread.

Stage 4 rectal cancer two spots in lung and one on ovary doc wants to do chemo why when I read survival rate is very low for stage 4 that has spread.

Quality of life: If what you are describing is the case, then you cannot expect a cure, but chemo may give you an extra year or two of reasonably good health. Is there something you want to do? If not, I'd be surprised and frankly disappointed. A frank discussion is in order with your physicians and those who love you. Then whatever decision you make will be the right one. ...Read more

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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If I have colon or rectal cancer that has spread to the liver, should I have chemotherapy first?

If I have colon or rectal cancer that has spread to the liver, should I have chemotherapy first?

Find a good team: Colorectal cancer with spread to the liver is a hotly debated and controversial topic. Multiple variables include - the location of the tumor, the symptoms it is producing, the location of the liver mets and their potentail for surgical removal. You need an experienced team that deals with this commonly (surgical and medical oncologists, maybe rad onc, as well). Good ct/pet is vital. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with stage 4 rectal cancer at age of 85.Bleeding from rectum with clots. If unable to stop bleeding, approximately how long to live?

Diagnosed with stage 4 rectal cancer at age of 85.Bleeding from rectum with clots. If unable to stop bleeding, approximately how long to live?

Depends: It is difficult to speculate how long someone lives without knowing the full details of your disease and factors about yourself. Even if stage iv, treatments that can improve your quality of life are very viable options. This can include radiation therapy to help control bleeding, etc. For cancer, it is best to have a multidisciplinary team (doctors from different specialities) weigh in. ...Read more

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Stage 4 rectal cancer two spots in lung and one on ovary. What is survival rate, someone answer me honestly! Stop beating around the bush.?

Stage 4 rectal cancer two spots in lung and one on ovary. What is survival rate, someone answer me honestly! Stop beating around the bush.?

Rectal cancer: There are many factors to consider to determine the prognosis of stage IV rectal cancer. The age at diagnosis, sex, race, grade of the tumor, known metastasis, and what form of surgery or other treatment has already been done all affect what the long-term prognosis is. Your best bet is to discuss your particular situation with your oncologist, who can give you the best advice. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if my husband has rectal cancer (stage 4) he had a stoma now but still has drainage that sometimes is awful?

I assume he: Was un-resectable and received a diverting colostomy. The reamaining rectum with the tumor will cause a discharge that may smell badly. I asssume he has or will receive radiation to the tumor along with chemotherapy which may help to control the local disease but will not prolong his life but may make the quality of life a bit better if given by qualified oncologist.
Comfort is the key here. ...Read more

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What are the signs of progression for liver cancer and rectal cancer?

What are the signs of progression for liver cancer and rectal cancer?

Assume you mean: Colorectal cancer metastatic to liver? A common progression pattern for those that fail. Most are assymptomatic detected by imaging, but progression can lead to liver failure, jaundice and ascites. Some limited metastasis can be treated surgically, with intra-arteial therapy with chemo or radioactive beads. Liver failure can lead to coma and GI bleeding du to varices as well. ...Read more

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Just been told rectal cancer stage 4 spot on ovary and two in lung. What is survival rate, please be honest with me, have a child and need to prepare?

Just been told rectal cancer stage 4 spot on ovary and two in lung. What is survival rate, please be honest with me, have a child and need to prepare?

Wish you wellness: And to get over it soon, hard to give you an estimate with limited information on this limited platform, staging of your disease would be performed by the treating team, mainly the oncologist, the radiotherapist and possibly the surgeon, is it an end-stage disease, don't think so, several treatment protocols are available, and major strides have been reached in treatment of cancer, all the best ...Read more

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A friend of mine was just diagnosed with rectal cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer. What is his life expectancy?

A friend of mine was just diagnosed with rectal cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer. What is his life expectancy?

Grave Situation: Of course we cannot even begin to guess at this tragic situation. I would defer to the physicians providing him care. But, as you have surmised it may not be long for him. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of phase four rectal cancer?

What is the life expectancy of phase four rectal cancer?

For five years: Overall 5 year survival rate for stge IV colorectal cancer is about 38%. That is, 38% of people live for 5years after diagnosis. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get rectal cancer?

Relatively, yes: Colon and rectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the United States. It is the 2nd leading cause of cancer related deaths. Estimates for 2012 are 103, 170 colon & 40, 290 rectal cancer. Overall there is a 1 in 20 lifetime risk of developing colon or rectal cancer. Rectal cancers alone are relatively common. In comparison, rectal cancer is as common as leukemia (44, 600). ...Read more

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Can I get rectal cancer at the age of 20 years?

Can I get rectal cancer at the age of 20 years?

Unlikely: A few people have genetic disorders and may develop colon/rectal cancer at an early age, otherwise it is uncommon before the age of 40 or so. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get rectal cancer, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get rectal cancer, or is it unusual?

Yes: Colon rectal cancer is 2nd common cancer. So it is quite common in both men and women. ...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?

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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How frequently is bleeding associated with rectal cancer?

How frequently is bleeding associated with rectal cancer?

Too many: Variables such as age, frequency, amount and other symptoms to answer this. That being said most rectal bleeding is not due to cancer in general. Mark my words, no amount of bleeding should be ignored. See your doctor and get a referral to a colon and rectal surgeon or GI doctor and be safe. ...Read more

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How does surgery for stage 1 rectal cancer work?

Through abdomen/anus: 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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Anyone have rectal cancer removed without a colostomy?

Anyone have rectal cancer removed without a colostomy?

Sometimes: It depends on exactly where the cancer is located, and you need a surgeon experienced in this technique. ...Read more

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Does anal fissure leads to rectal cancer?

Does anal fissure leads to rectal cancer?

Not likely.: Anal cancer can result from chronic irritation from condyloma acuminata, perianal fissures/fistulae, chronic hemmorrhids, leukoplakia, and trauma from anal intercourse. This presents with a triad of bleeding, pain, and perianal mass. Anal fissures, by themselves, do not lead to cancer, but if they are caused by some chronic process (anal intercourse), the epithelium react and can become cancer. ...Read more

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What is stage 1 rectal cancer treatment risk?

What is stage 1 rectal cancer treatment risk?

Can need colostomy.: Athis is where the cancer does not go past the muscle layer. Surgery can treat 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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Are colon cancer and rectal cancer the same thing?

Are colon cancer and rectal cancer the same thing?

Somewhat: Colon cancer and rectal caner are usually an adenocarcinoma. They are both located in the large intestine. The difference is that they are treated differently. Sometimes rectal cancer is first treated with radiation and chemotherapy before surgery. Colon cancer often does not use radiation therapy. Both cancers use surgery to remove the cancer. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for metastatic rectal cancer?

What are the treatments for metastatic rectal cancer?

Chemo or Surgery: There are more options today. Rectal cancer metastatic to liver or lungs can be surgically removed if there are a limited number of tumors not affecting the liver or lung blood supply. Widespread rectal cancer is best treated with chemotherapy. In special circumstances, metastases can be treated with highly focused radiation or drugs can be injected into the tumor to shut down their blood supply. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is rectal cancer affected by stool?

Can you tell me how is rectal cancer affected by stool?

Rectal cancer: Cancer is very fragile. Anything hard enough rubbing on the cancer can cause bleeding. If one has rectal cancer- it can cause blockage / cause constipation/ change in bowel movement. And if a hard stool rubs on the large cancer tissue-the stool may cause the cancer to bleed. ...Read more

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Should women be concerned about colon and rectal cancer?  

Should women be concerned about colon and rectal cancer?  

Yes: Women over 50, those with a family history of colon-rectal cancer, those with inflamatory bowel disease (crohns, ulcerative colitis), and a history of colon polyps have a higher than avetage risk and need to be screened more aggressively. ...Read more

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When should you be concerned about colon and rectal cancer?

Age 50: The incidence of colorectal cancer goes up after age 50 which is why routine colonoscopy is recommended to begin at that age. The exception would be if you have a strong family history of colon cancer. In that circumstance your physician might decide to begin screening at an earlier age. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get hernia after surgery for rectal cancer?

Is it possible to get hernia after surgery for rectal cancer?

Yes: Incisional hernias are possible after any kind of abdominal or pelvic surgery. ...Read more

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Does everyone who gets colon or rectal cancer get polyps first?

Most do.: Most colorectal cancers arise in adenomatous polyps, which are the type of polyps that are examined for and removed in colonoscopy. Data now shows that removal of colorectal polyps decreases coloretcal cancers as well as the risk of dying from a colorectal cancer. Less frequently, colorectal cancers can be founs that do not arise from polyps. This most often happens in inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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Rectal cancer symptoms only 18. Was a bump near, not on anus now gone?

Rectal bump: A perianal bump in as young person is hard to determine, particularly since it has self resolved.
Could you have had a boil?
was it a blister?
Young person, if you are not bleeding, no pain, bump is resolved, healthy.
Ia will not worry.
Should it recur please see your physician. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Bernard Seif
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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


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