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Stages Of Colon Cancer Defined
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
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
1 through 4: The stage of colon cancer is based upon the depth of penetration of the cancer thru the colon wall, the presence or absence of lymph node involvement, and the presence of cancer elsewhere in the body (metastatic disease). The stage is associated with prognosis and guides our recommendations regarding chemotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Colon cancer stage depends on how deep the cancer invades through the intestinal layers, if the cancer spread to lymph nodes, or if the cancer spread to other organs. Pathology helps determine the stage after surgical removal. Stage 1 best over 90% survival, stage 2 about 80% survival, stage 3 about 60% survival & stage 4 about 40% survival. Numbers very rough and each person responds differently. ...Read more
How is colon cancer diagnosed? What is the prognosis? What tests are used to determine the different stages of colon cancer
Biopsy: Colon cancer is diagnosed by a biopsy sample during colonoscopy. Pathology helps determined the stage after surgical removal of the cancer. Ranges from best stage 1 with small early cancer, to most advanced stage 4 when cancer has spread to other organs. Sometimes a ct scan or pet scan may be used to see if the cancer has spread to other sites. ...Read more
Survival, but.....: Used to be, the short answer was simply survival risk with stage 1 having the best prognosis and stage IV the worst. While stages 1/2 still have the highest survival rates but improved surgical techniques and chemotherapy and i'd add lifestyle changes, have leveled the playing field greatly. Colon cancer, even advanced is often quite treatable. ...Read more
How long does colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage? How long have you had it by the time you can see it?
A long time: Colon cancer is unusual in that it follows the "polyp-to-cancer" sequence. Colon cancer does NOT develop with a single genetic mistake from normal to full blown cancer like many others (breast, prostate). The process usually takes an average of 12 years. From stage to stage is probably a couple of years, The recent hullaballoo at the VA demonstrated that even a one year wait may not matter! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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