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Is colon cancer curable?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes. Many people are cured with colon cancer.
If found early surgery alone may be curable. If more advanced (eg, lymph node involvement or metastatic = spread to areas outside of colon), then chemotherapy may be needed. While less likely, even a few % of people with metastatic colon ca may be cured.

In brief: Yes

Yes. Many people are cured with colon cancer.
If found early surgery alone may be curable. If more advanced (eg, lymph node involvement or metastatic = spread to areas outside of colon), then chemotherapy may be needed. While less likely, even a few % of people with metastatic colon ca may be cured.
Dr. Michael Thompson
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Definitely

Curability depends on the stage.
For early cancers (stage 1 and 2), cures are seen in most patients (> 70-80%). In regionally spread cancers (stage 3), up to 40-70% of patient can be cured. Even some patients with stage 4 cancer can have long periods of survival (more than 5 years).

In brief: Definitely

Curability depends on the stage.
For early cancers (stage 1 and 2), cures are seen in most patients (> 70-80%). In regionally spread cancers (stage 3), up to 40-70% of patient can be cured. Even some patients with stage 4 cancer can have long periods of survival (more than 5 years).
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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Dr. Daniel Popowich
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Yes

The vast majority of colon cancers are curable if found early and tested appropriately.
Start with a colonoscopy.

In brief: Yes

The vast majority of colon cancers are curable if found early and tested appropriately.
Start with a colonoscopy.
Dr. Daniel Popowich
Dr. Daniel Popowich
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