How effective are Cetuximab injections for treating colon cancer?

Some response. Erbitux was one of the first monoclonals develoed. It targets epidermal growth Factor 1 and is used in metastatic colon Ca that has the wild mutated KRAS. The best response is like Herceptin (trastuzumab) where this epidermal growth factor 2 mAb requires added chemo. As such when Colon Ca is treated with Erbitux + chemo there is an improvement in response for a number of months. No cures have been seen.

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She is 59sept end 2013 we came to know tht she is having colon cancer stage 3.Then 6cchemos were given n in CT no improvement. Cetuximab goi survival?

Be patient. Colon cancer is a preventable disease and the only treatment for it is surgery chemotherapy can help when the cancer is spread but containing the cancer is the key simply be patient and follow the doctor instruction and pray for the best. Read more...

Colon cancer fluid filled in stomach can anyone tell survival period? 2nd line chemo going on...Cetuximab n folfri

Confused??? I do not know what you mean by colon cancer fluid in stomach are you talking about ascites which is a free fluid in the abdomen or there is an abnormal connection because of the cancer between the colon and the stomach either way this is an advance cancer if surgery is not an option chemotherapy do not do much for colon cancer simply follow your doctor instruction and hope for the best. Read more...

How effective are Irinotecan injections for treating colon cancer?

Pretty good. Usually they're part of a protocol. If I were offered this as adjuvant Rx and it was affordable from my end, I'd probably go ahead if it was offered by an ethical oncologist. I'd quit if it was clearly not helping. Read more...

How effective are Leucovorin injections for treating colon cancer?

Not anti tumor. Leukovorum is used as an adjuvant or modifier of single or combinations of chemotherapeutic agents. It helps to prevent the toxic side effects of a number of chemotherapeutic agents including methotrexate. It also can be used to treat anemia caused by a lack of folic acid. It is added to combination of drugs employed in the supportive care of patients with colon cancer but does not have anticancer effects on diseases such as colon cancer, . Read more...

How effective is regorafenib for colon cancer mets?

Regorafenib. ...is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor which has been shown to have some activity against metastatic colon cancer. When used as part of a colon cancer treatment regimen by an oncologist, it has been shown to increase overall survival. It does have some worrisome potential side effects, however. It would certainly be worthwhile to discuss this with your oncologist. Good luck. Read more...
Depends. One study showed a response rate of 40%. "Response" in this context, means the tumor shrunk. It is rare for tumors to disappear on regorafenib. Clinical benefit depends to a great extent on the overall fitness of the patient (performance status), extent of disease, and number of prior therapies. Courage and faith, Marilyn994, and my best wishes for you. Read more...

How effective is a colectomy for treating colon cancer?

Essential. The only way colon cancer can be cured is by colectomy with removal of adjacent lymph nodes. The primary lesion is polyclonal and continues to produce subsets each capable of a different path of metastasis. If there is a liver or lung lesion they are clonal and cant spread. Leaving a primary can in time result in different paths of spread that may be uncontrollable. Read more...

How effective is chemotherapy for treating colon cancer?

Improves survival. Chemo may help improve survival but does not result in cure. It is used pre operatively as neo adjuivant chemo to help improve resection or as adjuvant after surgery to help prolong survival. It is best employed in combination chemo such as FOLFOX to optimize response. Read more...

How effective is a proctocolectomy for treating colon cancer?

Very effective. In order to potentially cure a colorectal carcinoma by surgery, one must resect the bowel, the mesocolon/mesorectum and get proximal and distal margins around the tumor. If the lesion is very low in the rectum or rectosigmoid and getting below the lesion virtually compromises the levator ani sphinctor muscles then procto colectomy is employed. Read more...