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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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What are the four stages of cancer?

What are the four stages of cancer?

Cancer stages 0-5: In general there are 5 stages - each cancer has its own staging system Stage 0 - precancerous - has not spread to nearby tissues Stage I - In general is a small cancer and has not grown deeply into nearby tissues Stage II - In general is larger or has grown more deeply in nearby tissues, may involve lymph nodes Stage III - Like stage II but even more advanced Stage IV - Has spread to other organs ...Read more

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What will doctor do 4 early stage lip cancer?

What will doctor do 4 early stage lip cancer?

Lip cancer: It depends on what kind of cancer it is. The most common forms of cancer on the skin of the lip are squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas. Early stage lip cancer is treated by surgery to remove the tumor and a band of normal adjacent tissue. This may require a reconstructive procedure to restore the lip to normal function but may leave a cosmetic issue. Radiation treatment may be indicated also. ...Read more

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What is stage four cancer?

What is stage four cancer?

Cancer spread: There are 4 stages of cancer. Stage 4 means the cancer has spread from the starting organ into another organ. Examples: breast cancer into bone, colon cancer into liver. Stage 4 cancers are usually not cured surgically and often require chemotherapy. The goal of treating stage 4 cancer is to prolong life and ease suffering. Rarely some stage 4 cancers are cured...Think lance armstrong! ...Read more

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What are symptoms of stage four cancer?

What are symptoms of stage four cancer?

Depends: Each common cancer has a staging system depending on how far it has spread, and in turn, the symptoms depend on exactly where the tumor has spread and what it's doing. There's no telling. A stage IV lung cancer in the liver will behave much differently than a stage IV lung cancer in the chest wall. ...Read more

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Can stage four cancer develop in three months?

Yes: Certainly, for the brain this can develop. If a person has a lower stage cancer, for example of the lung or breast, once it has gone to the brain, it by definition is stage 4. This can evolve very rapidly and certainly within 3 months. ...Read more

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How long will you have to live if you have stage four cancer?

How long will you have to live if you have stage four cancer?

No way to say: It depends entirely on the type of cancer. Stage 4 means the cancer has spread through the body. If it's pancreas, you're talking a few weeks. Other cancers that have spread widely can be cured or controlled with radiation and chemotherapy. Cancer is many different diseases. ...Read more

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What can I do if my friend has stage four cancer, how long do you have live?

What can I do if my friend has stage four cancer, how long do you have live?

Depends on type: Would have to have more info on type of cancer and location. Typically stage 4 suggests the cancer has spread beyond its initial location. ...Read more

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Couging up blood by a perso with stage four colan cancer?

Couging up blood by a perso with stage four colan cancer?

Call your oncologist: Depending on the patient's current treatment, hemoptysis could be due many things, including an infection like pneumonia or, more worrisome, cancer spreading to the lungs. ...Read more