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What happens when you leave colon cancer untreated and it begins to bleed?

What happens when you leave colon cancer untreated and it begins to bleed?

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

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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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ALT reading -50 ALP reading -140 Bilirubin 74 Is this suggestive of liver failing Metastic colon cancer ?

ALT reading -50
ALP reading -140
Bilirubin 74

Is this suggestive of liver failing 

Metastic colon cancer ?

Liver function: The enzymes (ALP & ALT) are indicative of only mild liver dysfunction. The rising bili suggests that some degree of bile obstruction may be occurring. This could be due to the mechanical obstruction of small ducts by metastatic disease. But the liver has a large degree of reserve capacity, so full liver failure is unlikely to be final cause of death even with very bulky mets. ...Read more

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Colon cancer pt with 1 met in liver , 1 nod?

Colon cancer pt with 1 met in liver , 1 nod?

Curable: Those cases are potentially curable with liver resection with a 5 yr survival of 25-40% Need to go to a specialty ctr ...Read more

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How long does it take colon cancer to spread to liver?

How long does it take colon cancer to spread to liver?

Highly variable: Impossible to say as sometimes I have seen small colon cancers spread & seen large colon cancers not spread to other organs. Each person is different & each person's cancer can behave differently depending on cell type & genetics. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is liver and colon cancer?

How harmful for your health is liver and colon cancer?

Depends: While colon cancer that has spread distantly is considered stage IV (of 4) and has the worst prognosis, there are patients with isolated metastasis to the liver who do quite well with surgical resection with or without chemotherapy. We find that 40% of those with resectable liver tumors can live over 5 years. Consider evaluation at a cancer center with a surgical oncologist or hpb surgeon. ...Read more

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Can chemo for colon cancer damage the liver?

Can chemo for colon cancer damage the liver?

It may: Almost all chemotherapeutic drugs have unwanted effects on other organs, including the liver. ...Read more

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Is metastic colon cancer spread to liver treatable?

Is metastic colon cancer spread to liver treatable?

Yes: NOT "curable" but definitely treatable...Direct perfusion anti-neoplastic drugs for one approach and possible immune therapy on the "horizon" ...A positive attitude is necessary and helpful.. METASTATIC .CANCER IS A CHRONIC DISEASE! ...Read more

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What causes belching when you have colon cancer spread to the liver?

What causes belching when you have colon cancer spread to the liver?

Not specific: Belching relayed to swallowing air, or some gastric irritation, or outflow obstruction with relief of stomach gas by belching instead if forward peristalsis. ...Read more

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Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon cancer so hard to treat?

Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon cancer so hard to treat?

Colon ca mets: To live is hard to treat because many times the metastasis is on multiple lobe of the liver and cannot be surgically removed. Surgeon only do surgery with the intention of cure if they can remove the metastasis completely. If surgery is not possible you should still consider chemotherapy. The quality of life is still pretty good even if not cured. ...Read more

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What's the percentage of having a liver metastase later in a stage 3b colon cancer?

What's the percentage of having a liver metastase later in a stage 3b colon cancer?

See below: People with stage 3b colon cancer, even after removal and chemotherapy, still have about a 30-40% chance of return of cancer. The liver is a common site. ...Read more

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How common is liver or colon cancer at age 20? Never smoke or drink, very fit and otherwise healthy. Male.

How common is liver or colon cancer at age 20? Never smoke or drink, very fit and otherwise healthy. Male.

Rare: Unless you have a familial hereditary colon ployposis or other increased risk factors, colon cancer would be rare. Liver cancer is even more rare in us unless you have liver cirrhosis or exposure to hepatitis virus. ...Read more

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My fathers colon cancer spread to the liver with several lesions on the liver. He now has larger lesions with one measuring 9.6 CM x8.5 cm. Prognosi?

My fathers colon cancer spread to the liver with several lesions on the liver. He now has larger lesions with one measuring  9.6 CM x8.5 cm.  Prognosi?

Poor: This is stage 4. For patients with colon cancer and liver lesions that could be totally resected, the 5 year overall survival can be 20% or more. Unfortunately in your father cases, the liver lesions are unlikely resectable. The 5 year overall survival for stage 4 is 6%. ...Read more

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Im 16 is it possible for me to get pancreatic, liver, colon cancer?

Im 16 is it possible for me to get pancreatic, liver, colon cancer?

It is possible: But unlikely. Pediatric cancer is not common, with approximately 12k new diagnoses in the us each year. A majority of patients have leukemia, lymphoma, or CNS tumors. Other tumors are more rare. Tumors of the organs you describe are exceptionally rare in kids outside the presence of a familial cancer syndrome. If you have genuine concern about this, is speak with your parents or your doctor. ...Read more

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Is liver metastases from colon cancer a death sentence?

Is liver metastases from colon cancer a death sentence?

It could be commuted: Until recently, colon cancer metastases in the liver were invariably fatal within a few years. However, there are some new biotechnology findings that suggest this may no longer always be the case. Your oncologist would be the person to ask. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving colon cancer that has spread to liver, kidney and lungs?

What are the chances of surviving colon cancer that has spread to liver, kidney and lungs?

Poor: When one finds metastasis to multiple sites from a primary colon cancer the lesion was probably detected late in its development. If the patient is in good condition the primary if not resected should be removed. Chemo with FOLFOX and possibly avastin (bevacizumab) should be attempted. Kidney lesions are extremely rare but can respond to chemo and if causing complication should be resected. ...Read more

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Colon cancer with cancer in liver, lungs sacrum and spine?

Colon cancer with cancer in liver, lungs sacrum and spine?

Stage of cancer: This sounds very serious. Cancer is staged to help understand the treatments and expectations for success with treatment, part of the risk/benefit analysis. Stage 4 is cancer that has spread or progressed significantly outside the organ where it started. Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 have diminishing expectations for treatment success. Take a friend with you to next appointment. You have choices. Be well. ...Read more

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Can TACE be done on the liver for liver mets if there are peritoneal mets for metastic colon cancer ?

Can TACE be done on the liver for liver mets if there are peritoneal mets for metastic colon cancer ?

Yes: But probably not advised since peritoneal mets are more rapidly fatal than liver mets. Has your oncologist suggested intra-abdominal installation of chemotherapy This article may help http://jjco.oxfordjournals.org/content/31/12/571.full ...Read more

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How long does one typically have with stage 4 liver cancer that has spread from colon cancer?

How long does one typically have with stage 4 liver cancer that has spread from colon cancer?

It varies a lot: There is good treatment for stage 4 colon Cancer. Most people live for 2-3 years when they take chemotherapy. If the liver tumor is small it can even be removed with surgery. Tell us about the dates of your diagnosis and what type of chemotherapy you have used and for how long? Then we can give you a better estimate of expected survival. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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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. Austina Cho
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more