Is metastatic colon cancer curable?

Possible. But less than 20% survive 5 years. Depends on where the metastases are and how numerous and size. Solitary liver mets without evidence elsewhere in the body can be cured with a liver resection. Diffuse mets to numerous body parts rarelyare curable.
Rarely. Unfortunately metastatic (stage 4) colon cancer is rarely curable. That being said many patients will achieve long periods of remission/survival with combinations of surgery and chemotherapy. The overall 5yr survival rate however remains less than 10%. This emphasizes the need to follow through with screening colonoscopies as early stage colon cancer is highly curable. .

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What exactly is metastatic colon cancer?

Cancer that spread. Metastatic means that the colon cancer has spread to other parts of your body. This can happen when the cells get into your blood or the lymph system and travel to other places. Cancer cells can also spread to nearby tissue or organs via direct contact. The most common places for colon cancer to spread to are: lymph nodes, liver, lungs, and the peritoneum (a membrane in your abdominal cavity). Read more...

Is it possible to recover from metastatic colon cancer?

Certainly recover... But at this stage, we do not have the ability to cure the disease. With many of the modern therapies available, we are able to extend a good quality of life for a significant proportion of people with metastatic colon cancer. Read more...
Possible. If a met is localized to one or two areas in the liver, or other organ, and can be removed, there can be a cure. Chemotherapy is used after surgery in that case. In general we have advanced in our ability to control mets from colon cancer with chemotherapy and immunotherapy. It all depends on the details and the response to treatment. Read more...

What to do if I have stage four metastatic colon cancer. What are the best foods for me to eat?

Eat healthy, ask you. Ask your oncologist. There is no special diet once you already have cancer as it is a matter of keeping your weight at normal level. It does not matter much as to what you eat after cancer has already developed. Read more...

Is colon cancer stage 3b pt4a pn1c, no lymph nodes involvement curable?

Yes. Stage 3b usually means lymph nodes are involved, so i think your information might not be entirely accurate. However, even stage 3b colon cancer can be treated with surgery and chemotherapy and the chances of cure are good. Read more...
Discussion needed. Stage iii colon cancer does have a well defined 5-year survival rate with appropriate chemotherapy. However the chances that there is tumor spread are there, and close follow up needs to be done. These are all discussion that should really be held with your surgeon or oncologist. Read more...

Is there a connection between metastatic colon cancer and difficulty walking?

Can be serious. Metastatic colon cancer often involves the bones, including the vertebrae that protect the spinal cord and provide support to your body. If you are having difficulty walking, the worst case scenario is having a metastatic lesion involve a vertebral body, and possibly causing nerve damage by compressing the spinal cord. As this can be very serious, you should consult your oncologist immediately. Read more...
Perhaps. Metastatic colon cancer can go to the brain or spine and thus cause difficulty walking, but it, or the treatment for it, can also cause electrolyte disturbances that can affect your brain, balance as well. So if it is happening to you or yours, call your doctor please. Read more...

What is the normal dose for Xeloda (capecitabine) for stage IV metastatic colon cancer?

Individualize dose. Xeloda (capecitabine) can be used as a single agent to treat stage IV metastatic colorectal cancer. The usual dose is 1250 mg/m2 twice daily orally for 14 days, followed by a 7-day rest period for a total cycle time of 21 days. Adjuvant treatment is recommended for a total of 6 months (8 cycles). Doses may be altered for individual situations with reduced doses for patients with kidney problems. Read more...

What stage colon cancer is it if 9 out of 16 lymph nodes involved and is it curable with chemotherapy?

Stage 3c. Distant metastasis has to be ruled-out because otherwise it will become stage 4. Read more...
Stage lll. In general, regional lymph node involvement is stage 3. There are subclassifications that occasionally change. Check the american cancer society website for colorectal cancer staging for the latest info. Sorry you or your family/friends have this, and best of luck with the treatment. Remember, statistics can help, but you are not a statistic, hence there is always hope. Read more...

Would Xeloda (capecitabine) be as effective for metastatic colon cancer taken one week on one week off?

Yes. There are different schedules for giving xeloda (capecitabine). The key is to give it in a way that's effective, but also decrease possible side effects. The "typical" schedule for Xeloda (capecitabine) is to take it twice daily for two week followed by a week off. However, the build-up of drug in the body causes more side effects than taking the drug twice daily for one week followed by a week off. And it works as well! Read more...