How long can you live with untreated colon cancer? How do you die?

Why? 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!
Why Not Rx? The natural history of untreated colon cancer can include obstruction, perforation, and/or bleeding; any and all of these can lead to death, typically within years after the cancer first starts to grow. On a systemic level, colon cancer may spread to vital organs such as the liver and lung, which may lead to death over the same time course.
Variable; multiple. It is difficult to predict how long one will live with untreated or treated cancer. If counted from the time of diagnosis, a person could live a few years, depending on the site and type of cancer. A person could die from colon cancer due to obstruction of colon, metastases to other organs, e, g., liver and liver failure, cachexia and infections.

Related Questions

How long can colon cancer go untreated once u first have symptoms of it...like partial obstruction and pain?

Varies. 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.
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How long can you live with colon cancer early stage?

Depends. Early stage 1 or 2 colon cancer, if treated with surgical excision, has very high successful treatment chances. Long term survival to a full normal age can occur with early successful treatment. Read more...
As long as anyone. Early stage colon cancer, when found and treated appropriately, has an excellent 5 year survival rate (how we doctors compare 'cure' rates) . Of course, the devil is in the details, and how 'early' is early? Stage 1 colon ca has a cure rate >90% with appropriate surgery and doesn't need chemo, so obviously early detection is the key to better survival! Read more...

How many people die from colon cancer every year?

About 50K. According to the american cancer society statistics from 2011 estimates about 101, 000 new cases of colon cancer in the United States and about 49, 000 deaths due to either colon or rectal cancer. Read more...

Afraid to death I have colon cancer?

Let's talk about it. Either you do or you don't. You can find out by getting colonoscoped. You're old enough that this should be available. Grit your teeth and resolve you'[l accept whatever finding the test gives. Read more...

How long can I live with colon cancer?

Survival varies. Survival rate statistics vary based on the stage of diagnosis. These are only estimates, not truly how long you will live. All of this should be discussed in detail with your physicians. Read more...
Depends on stage etc. Will depend on the stage, age, respond to therapy, other biomarkers /prognostic markers/ biology of the cancer, your overall condition etc. According to the seer- 5 year survival rate for localized (confined to primary site) is 89.9%; with regional (spread to regional lymph nodes) - is about 69.6% and with distant (cancer has metastasized) is about11.9%. Discuss in detail with oncologist. Read more...

I'm afraid to death I have colon cancer?

It depends. Hi yv3tt3. Colon cancer is often diagnosed when a person has symptoms such as bleeding from the rectum or a significant change in bowel habits. Sometimes people will experience abdominal pain as well. If you have any of these symptoms, your doctor may want to order a ct scan or a colonoscopy. Thanks for using health tap! Read more...

How long does it take colon cancer to spread?

Variable. . It depends on the level of aggressiveness of the cancer cell which is extremely variable. Please check out www.Michaelsmission.Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. Read more...