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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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What are the symptoms of nearing the end of life with advanced colon cancer.?

What are the symptoms of nearing the end of life with advanced colon cancer.?

Palliative care : When curative measures have been exhausted, your focus should be on quality of life and comfort. Palliative care and hospice specializes in aggressive comfort care and can make the end of life period more enriching. ...Read more

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Why would tumour markers for colon cancer indicate end of life when one tumour shrunk and another grew slightly. What would cause tumour marker increa?

Why would tumour markers for colon cancer indicate end of life when one tumour shrunk and another grew slightly. What would cause tumour marker increa?

TUMOR MARKER: Tumor marker for colon cancer had a limited use as far as screening or detecting cancer but if patient had elevated cea the tumor marker before surgery and the level went down after then re-elevated cea could mean recurrent cancer until proven otherwise but id does not mean end of life or it could not be treated only in that special scenario should be taking seriously your surgeon will tell you. ...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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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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Is there any cure for stage IV colon cancer?

Is there any cure for stage IV colon cancer?

Cancer management: Short of a miracle (always possible), there is no 'cure' of stage IV colon cancer by man. However, management of the symptoms and sequelae can increase your quality and enjoyment of life, and increase disease free intervals so that you might have more 'good days.' i cannot stress enough the importance of rest, proper nutrition, positive outlook and attitude, and surround with supportive people! ...Read more

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What can I do if my mom is dying of stage IV colon cancer, how do I cope?

Grief: Is she working with palliative care/ hospice? If so, they usually have a social worker or grief couselor that can help the family. Take care. ...Read more

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How can I support my mother who is suffering from stage IV colon cancer?

How can I support my mother who is suffering from stage IV colon cancer?

Help cancer patients: Also: if you can do it, go to doctor visits with her. Ask questions, take notes. The treatments for colon cancer often make it difficult to eat well. Help your mom find foods she can tolerate; see a nutritionist. Use both an oncologist and a gastroenterologist. The latter helps manage the function of the GI tract after chemo. Try to make fun memories; help her prepare a will if she needs one. ...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 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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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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Is it possible to go from no colon cancer to stage IV cancer with mestastasis within 9 months ?

Is it possible to go from no colon cancer to stage IV cancer with mestastasis within 9 months ?

Colon cancer: usually takes years to develop, but rapid progression is possible with very aggressive variants. ...Read more

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If you have ben diagnosed with adenocarcinoma colon cancer stage IV what is the outlook? Is there a cure? How will this affect the quality of ones l

If you have ben diagnosed with adenocarcinoma colon cancer stage IV what is the outlook?  Is there a cure?  How will this affect the quality of ones l

Outlook can be good: Eventhough stage iv, meenng metastatic disease, is not curable; the outlook can be good since there are good chemotherapy for this disease as well as other local aggressive treatments that are effective against this disease. The mainstay of treatment for stage IV remains chemo and local aggressive treatments like surgery, radiosurgery, rfa etc can be used when appropriate. ...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

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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. Creighton Wright
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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