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What does stage 4 colon cancer mean?

What does stage 4 colon cancer mean?

It has spread: Stage 4 colon cancer involves spread to distant organs; commonly it spreads to the liver, lungs, bones, abdomen cavity. Though these patients can have long-term survival for years in most cases it is incurable. ...Read more

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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 does stage 4 uterine cancer mean?

What does stage 4 uterine cancer mean?

Cancer has spread: Stage 4 of most cancers means that it has spread beyond the organ involved and regional lymph nodes to other organs. This is true for uterine cancers. ...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 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 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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Does a knot on your body have to mean cancer?

Does a knot on your body have to mean cancer?

No: There are plenty of benign bumps as well. Your physician can examine and perhaps biposy it. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does a triple cancer mean?

Please tell me what does a triple cancer mean?

Triple negative?: I'm betting that this is a report on a breast cancer that lacks each of three markers for treatability by particular interventions. If this is not correct, please write back and direct your question to our oncologists. ...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