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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. 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


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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 as risk of relapse is high in first 2 yrs. It is not standard. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for stage 3 colon cancer ?

What is the treatment for stage 3 colon cancer
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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. ...Read more

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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, 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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My dad is 90. Was diagnosed with colon cancer last june. It was stage 3 and still localized. How long would he be able to live? He wants no treatment.

My dad is 90. Was diagnosed with colon cancer last june. It was stage 3 and still localized. How long would he be able to live? He wants no treatment.

Varies alot: I assume your father had the cancer removed surgically. If so, he might have been cured of colon cancer. At the age of 90, and depending on his overall health, chemotherapy would not likely add much to the chance of being cured. I would estimate that he has about a 50% chance of not having a recurrence of his colon cancer, and dying of other causes or "old age". ...Read more

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Stage 2 a colon cancer patient can live long and healthy life after complete treatment and cure?

Stage 2 a colon cancer patient can live long and healthy life after complete treatment and cure?

Still good prognosis: Stage ii still confined to wall of colon , most of the centers close 90% 5 yr survival rates along with chemo. Will have healthy normal life. ...Read more

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Stage 2 a colon cancer patient can live long and healthy life after complete treatment and cure?

Yes, absolutely: The majority of stage 2 colon cancer patients are cured with the surgery alone. A smaller group of stage 2 colon cancers have already spread, but are not evident in the specimen or during the imaging. So the answer to your question is yes, they can, but close follow up is a must. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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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. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more