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Colon Cancer Survival Rate
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
Colon cancer : It depends on the whole scenario. Some things to be taken account are sites of recurrence extend of recurrence whether containable by surgical removal , your age and other medical comorbidities. Your oncologist will be the best person to answer this question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a scope shows that I have colon cancer after 6 months of low iron and other symptoms, what are my chances of survival if i've had it for that long?
DEPENDS: The prognosis for colon cancer does not depend on the length of time that you have had symptoms. It does depend on size and depth of the tumor, if it has spread to lymph nodes or other places and genetics of the cancer itself. Some patients have very advanced tumors with no symptoms while some have symptoms and have a very curable cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a CEA lab result of a 4.4 a good indicator for stage 4 colon cancer that perhaps the cancer has not spread that much? Better survival rate?
No: Cea (carcinoembryonicantigen) is a protein that is released by some tumors into the bloodstream. It is useful for follow-up of cancer after treatment, ie, if the cea is elevated before treatment and returns to normal after treatment, we are optimistic that the cancer was well-treated. If it then becomes elevated, we must search for recurrence. In your case, it is impt to know the # pre-rx. ...Read more
Having rectangle stool. Had clean colonoscopy 20 months ago with good prep. What are the chances colon cancer would be causing this?
Low Chance ; BUT: At 40, a colonoscopy which shows no cancer less than 2 years ago is reassuring. Regardless, ASK your doctors advice about these new symptoms. Anorectal diseases such as hemorrhoids and fissures can cause changes to bowel caliber, but a thorough evaluation of the area needs to be done. While colon cancers are uncommon to grow in such a short span, it is not impossible. In short, see your doctor!! ...Read more
If i've been told there's a pretty good chance I have colon cancer would that be the reason when i go to the restroom that my legs always go numb?
Maybe: First off, if you've been told you probably have colon cancer, check it out right away, get treated. Numbness after going to the restroom suggests you are sitting in one position too long. This can occur if you have a partial blockage from a cancer which makes it hard to eliminate the feces. It could also be totally unrelated perhaps some spinal problem. As always, let your physician evaluate. ...Read more
It varies: An average response to chemotherapy for Colon cancer lasts 9 to 12 months(range from 6 months to 2 years). But it depends on how many tumors you have and their original size and the degree of tumor regression(shrinkage). Some tumors can regress nicely and may even go away , in which case you can gain some years of life and an occasional Cure is even possible. Ask your doctor to further address thi ...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
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