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Untreated Colon Cancer Life Expectancy
Yes and no: If you a have a true familial form (generally this means multiple 1 st degree relatives have it. Usually happens at an earlier age) then yes the course of disease is similiar. If by familial you mean 1 relative had it, then no it is variable and progress differently. ...Read more
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
Variable: There is >50% chance that your colon cancer is cured with surgery already, in which case your life expectancy should be like a normal healthy person. You may benefit from treatment using adjuvant chemotherapy, if your tumor had spread/involved the lymph nodes in the abdomen. Check with your doctor and let us know how many nodes were involved with your tumor? ...Read more
Stage 4 mastatic colon cancer, multiple tumors and organs removed (2 surgeries) an inoperable tumor and c diff. 54 yr old woman. Life expectancy?
Life expectancy, diagnosed 7/15/11 stage IV colon cancer, cancer has spread to the vagina. The tumor recently grew 20%. What treatments available?
Check out website: Please check out www. Michaelsmission. Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. ...Read more
What is the life expectancy of a 78 year old, Stage 4 colon cancer spread to liver and lungs? Having chemotherapy (tablets) but losing weight.
Life expectancy: At 78, with stage IV colon cancer, the survival is about 4-6 months without treatment. With the new treatments combining chemo with biological drugs, survival times are in the range of 24-30 months. With a less aggressive treatment I estimate an AVERAGE survival of 9-12 months. Keep in mind these estimates are just a ball park figure, keep things one month at a time. ...Read more
My mum, 67, was diagnosed with colon cancer with liver metastases, lesions in lungs and kidneys. Starting folfox tomorrow?? Life expectancy?
Need to assess for Kras and Nras mutation IF she is wild type she should receive FOLFIRI and Erbitux
If she has mutation the treatment of choice FOLFOX and Avastin
Life expex 22 - 26 months... If responsive disease can be extended with other agents and survival can extend several years.
New agents add to OS sequencing of therapy is important to extend Overal survival ...Read more
What is the life expectancy for stage 4 colon cancer with small liver/lung mets, partial sbo, and plueral effusion -no more treatments and on hospice?
On Hospice: Unfortunately, based on your description, it sounds like less 6 months. ...Read more
Complications: The natural course of untreated colon cancer includes local and systemic effects. Local effects may include bleeding, perforation, intestinal obstruction, and growth into adjacent organs. Systemic effects include spread to other organs such as the liver and lungs. Of course, the best time to treat a cancer is as soon as it is diagnosed. ...Read more
The answer depends on the type of tumor, stage at which it is present and whether there are metastases. Why wait to see how long you will live? Go get yourself examined properly.
If it is early and still left untreated one can live for years or if advanced may only have survival in terms of months. Early diagnosis and treatment is best! ...Read more
How long can colon cancer go untreated once u first have symptoms of it...like partial obstruction and pain?
It depends on the location of the cancer. Cancers on the right side cause anemia before causing obstruction. Cancers on the right side are more likely to cause obstruction. Either of these symptoms is not an early sign. It also depends on the biologic characteristic of the tumor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
What is the life expectancy of a 78 year female with colon cancer that has methasized to the liver and ovary with no treatment?
Not good: A good prognosis calculator is available at the MD Anderson website, but please note that among criteria used, functional or nutritional status as well as comorbidities are not factored in and sometimes they make a big difference. She will most likely qualify for hospice services, prognosis estimated at 6 months if there is noticeable decline. ...Read more
Life expectancy of previously never sick, active healthy 67 year old after colon cancer surgery +12 rounds chemo, 6 months later spread to liver&lung?
Your best bet: Is to review a question like this with your medical oncologist. There are many different factors that contribute to survival statistics and you want to make sure you're being provided with accurate information. This requires a more complete understanding of your medical/oncologic history. ...Read more
Like anyone else...: I have colon cancer. It has been successfully operated and removed. I didn't need chemo. Half of my colon is gone and I use the bathroom a bit more often than before. I otherwise eat and drink what I wish to have. I perform all my usual daily activities, surgery, on call, office hours etc. Function will be mostly determined by tumor burden and any spread. More advanced cases may be more limited. ...Read more
Long time: Colon cancer that is treated with out surgery, example colon cancer removed by colonscopy usually will have very good results. If a colon cancer is not treated it can obviously lead to spread and metastasis. You can calculate life span based on the stage of the cancer and how it is or is not treated. ...Read more
If I have polyps in the colon, aged 26- would there be an extremely high incidence of colon cancer later in life?
Perhaps??: There are many types of polyps, some common at younger ages, and not all polyps lead to cancer! Just having a benign hyperplastic polyp at age 26 probably doesn't influence your colon cancer risk at all! But other polyps are much more worrisome, so find out what kind you had, and discuss your personal risk with your doctor, knowing that surveillance should greatly reduce your chance of cancer. ...Read more
What is a "low residue" diet for diverticulitis, and will it increase my chances of getting colon cancer later in life?
No: A low fiber diet is used to treat acute diverticulitis and is low in fiber foods such as grains, fruits, vegetables. It is only used for a finite period of time to allow healing of the inflammation. I high fiber diet is recommended for diverticulosi and may have protective features regarding colon cancer prevention. ...Read more
Does having an adenomatus colonic polyp in one's late 20s indicate a significantly increased chance of colon cancer later in life?
Why would tumour markers for colon cancer indicate end of life when one tumour shrunk and another grew slightly. What would cause tumour marker increa?
Tumor marker for colon cancer had a limited use as far as screening or detecting cancer
but if patient had elevated CEA the tumor marker before surgery and the level went down after then re-elevated CEA could mean recurrent cancer until proven otherwise
but id does not mean end of life or it could not be treated
only in that special scenario should be taking seriously
your surgeon will tell you. ...Read more
Depends on polyp: Some polyps are not precancerous and thus have no bearing on future development of colon ca. Others are, however, and your doctor should discuss your risk with you depending on what was found. You can relax somewhat, knowing that regular screening has been shown to dramatically lessen your risks of future colon cancer! ...Read more
18 yr and have been having diarrhea have been under lots of stress went to dr she says she would bet her life on it that im ok. Do I have colon cancer?
Very highly unlikely:
Please listen to your doctor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
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
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
20yo, with no family history of colon cancer, have soft stool for nearly my whole life, lately feeling a light pressure my lift hip area, afraid it cancer?
Don't worry: Your concerns about the possibility of cancer are unfounded. Colon cancer usually presents in someone over age 50 with a change in bowel habits, decreased caliber of stools, detection of occult blood in the stool, or iron-deficiency anemia. Colon cancer doesn't usually present as some sort of pain. ...Read more
Unpredictable: Colon cancer spread to local lymph nodes and then on to other organs such as liver, lungs, bones. It can spread through the blood vessels or locally to other organs such as kidneys, prostate, etc. Rate of spread is unpredictable at present and likely depends on growth factors, cancer differentiation, and unknown factors. Of cancers that comeback after surgery, most (80%) do so within 3 years. ...Read more
Blockage/Bleeding: Depending on their size and location, colon cancers may cause the above problems. The bleeding tends to be very slow, like a dripping faucet, and may not be evident by sight. Obstruction can cause a change in bowel habits (constipation, pencil-thin stools) and/or bloating. Like any cancer, there is the potential to spread to other organs, which may cause fatigue, loss of appetite, wt loss, etc. ...Read more
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