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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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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 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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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?

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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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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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 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

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


Dr. John Landi
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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