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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.

Dr. Barry Rosen
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If have stage 3b colon cancer and refuse to do port treatment and will only do pills how does it affect your chances?

If have stage 3b colon cancer and refuse to do port treatment and will only do pills how does it affect your chances?

Please reconsider: A central IV port is no big deal. Regardless of the stats, why toss out this option (a mainstay of Rx) even before giving it a try? Please remember this can be a really nasty disease and I'd like to see you fight it with all you've got. I would hate to have you regret tying one hand behind your back years from now.
I personally have been fighting cancer for 20 years and I like the challenge.

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What other treatment that folfox for 6 months do you reccomend for someone with a stage 3b colon cancer T4, n1c without lymph nodes involvement? Any o

What other treatment that folfox for 6 months do you reccomend for someone with a stage 3b colon cancer T4, n1c without lymph nodes involvement? Any o

Tough one: Well if it is n1, than lymph nodes are positive. If n0 that means lymph nodes are clear or negative. I think folfox 6 months is usually given for stage 3 (lymph node +) disease. Ilook at age, family history, grade of tumor, lvi, oncotype recurrence score if MMR +, perforation or not and if pt really high risk, than 2 years of Xeloda (capecitabine) as risk of relapse is high in first 2 yrs. It is not standard.

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What is the best treatment for colon cancer?

What is the best treatment for colon cancer?

Surgery+/-ChemoRx: The cornerstone of therapy is surgical resection of the part of the colon. The stage of the cancer is dependent upon the surgical findings (depth of cancer, lymph node evaluation), which will guide the decision regarding chemotherapy. Very rarely, radiation therapy will be recommended for more advanced colon cancers.

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What kinds of treatment are available for colon cancer?

What kinds of treatment are available for colon cancer?

Many: Colon cancer is so common that many medical trials have been performed which help doctors know better how to treat this disease. Depending upon the patient and stage of cancer, surgery, radiation, and various chemotherapies may be of benefit. You oncology team who know your specific situation can give more specific recommendations.

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for colon cancer?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for colon cancer?

Many options: Colon cancer is best treated in a multidisciplinary fashion according to location and stage at diagnosis. Most treatments are iv, but several oral agents are used as part of treatment regimens including Capecitabine (xeloda), and some targeted agents in trials. Treatment in early stages or selected patients with stage IV disease also involves surgery and may involve radiation.

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What are the treatment options for colon cancer. Is it fully treated. Thanks?

What are the treatment options for colon cancer. Is it fully treated. Thanks?

Depends: This depends on so many things, where it is, how invasive, what type of cancer, metastasis, patient health, etc. I do not mean to make light of it any way and I hope you are not dealing with it. While some may have successful treatments, it is very hard to say on any prognostic factors without a lot of detail in this specific circumstance. I know this does not clarify much, but hope it helps.

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Why do people become upset when I say if I get colon cancer im most likely going to refuse treatment?

Why do people become upset when I say if I get colon cancer im most likely going to refuse treatment?

See below: Probably because more than likely if you get colon cancer it'd be curable with treatment. So you'd be choosing not to treat a curable condition, in effect making a curable disease terminal.

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What is the treatment for stage 3 colon cancer?

What is the treatment for stage 3 colon cancer?

Surgery and? Chemo: The first step is to remove the tumor and lymph nodes to see if tumor has spread to these. Since you know it is stage iii this must have already be done. We know in patients with the disease spread to nodes around the tumor, it is more likely to recurr. The addition of chemotx reduces this risk. Talk to an oncologist about the risks and benefits of the chemo. Most patients should recieve it.

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What is the treatment for hereditary colon cancer?

What is the treatment for hereditary colon cancer?

Depends: There are a number of inherited defects that may lead to colon cancer. In some cases, e.g. Apc, a prophylactic colectomy is advisable. In most cases the treatment is the same as for sporadic cancer.

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What treatment to expect with adenocarcinoma colon cancer?

What treatment to expect with adenocarcinoma colon cancer?

Surgery, chemo: Depending on the stage, an operation is usually necessary to remove the diseased portion of the colon along with its nearby lymph nodes. Then, depending on if the cancer has spread to those lymph nodes impacts whether you will also need chemotherapy. If the cancer has already spread beyond the colon, sometimes you start with chemo.

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Are there any alternatives to chemotherapy treatment for metastic colon cancer?

Are there any alternatives to chemotherapy treatment for metastic colon cancer?

Yes: While chemo like FOLFOX is transiently effective, more immunotherapeutic agents are showing good responses. Avastin (bevacizumab) a vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor and Erbitux effecting epidermal growth factor 1 are working well as is the newer Neo-102 against the immunogenic protein. Chemo in conjuction with the biologics (immunochemo) is the best combo.

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What is a good treatment for colon cancer stage 4?

What is a good treatment for colon cancer stage 4?

Chemo: Stage 4 colon Ca best handled by assuring that the primary is removed so other sites of spread don't appear. Systemic chemo then used for primary control but if lesions are in one area such as liver or lung, those sites approached if lesions small and resectable. If liver lesions get numerous then chemo embolization or Yt microspheres used. Thorascopic resection employed with some lung lesions.

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What is a good treatment for colon cancer stage 4?

What is a good treatment for colon cancer stage 4?

Well: Well, Across the board, Stage IV colon cancer is not a good thing to have. Statistically, the main survival with chemotherapy is about 2-3 years unfortunately. I have patients that are alive and relatively well on palliative chemotherapy after many more years. Every case is different and many options exists depending upon where the metastasis is located at. Usually Chemotherapy is the main treatme

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What is the best natural treatment for colon cancer?

What is the best natural treatment for colon cancer?

See your doctor: There are no natural treatments for colon cancer which are proven beneficial. Cure rates with surgery (and chemotherapy or radiation as needed) are very good except in advanced disease.

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Please help! What is the best treatment for colon cancer stage 4?

Please help! What is the best treatment for colon cancer stage 4?

Mostly chemo: Plus or minus avastin, (bevacizumab) but not with curative intent. Occasionally a patient may have an isolated metastasis than can be removed surgically and then get chemo. Those patients have better odds.

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What follow ups are needed for colon cancer patients after treatment?

What follow ups are needed for colon cancer patients after treatment?

See your doctor: Have regular follow up with your family doctor and oncologist. Blood tests and yearly colonoscopy may be recommended. Sometimes ct scan is used if indicated. Please follow your doctor's recommendations, who will help direct you to the best tests for your specific condition.

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What are the odds of colon cancer recurrence after successful surgical treatment?

Depends: The answer to this question is highly dependent on the stage of the colon cancer when you had the surgery. Earlier stages have a low chance of recurrence, and those that may have spread deeper or to lymph nodes have a higher chance of recurrence. Chemotherapy is combined with surgery in some cases of colon cancer.

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Third infussion of oxyplatin stopped half way (half administered), can the treatment still Work? Metastic colon cancer

Third infussion of oxyplatin stopped half way (half administered), can the treatment still Work? Metastic colon cancer

It can: It can, but usually they want maximal effect because there is no guarantee the chemo will work discuss the issue with your oncologist.

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Colon cancer pt. Surgery done. Aortocaval node contains a met. Is this dangerous? Can it cause issues? What best treatment for it?

Colon cancer pt. Surgery done. Aortocaval node contains a met. Is this dangerous? Can it cause issues? What best treatment for it?

If + is stage 4: With nodal disease a PET scan essential to RO other lesions. If solitary and hasn't responded to chemo then surgical reesection is important because of growth and invasion of aorta. We have resected portions of aora for such lesions. Newer therapy after chemo include mAbs like Neo 102 on FDA study. For chemo failure colon CA

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