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What actually makes stage 4 colon cancer terminal ? Is it organ failure ?

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine
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In brief: Varies widely with

the individual yet correct, one of more organ system functions become so compromised that staying alive becomes increasingly fragile and any number of otherwise easily handled variables result in death.
Additionally, with awareness of ?ing debility, decreasing options, often pain with very advanced disease, the internal will to live fades & dying appears the better option.

In brief: Varies widely with

the individual yet correct, one of more organ system functions become so compromised that staying alive becomes increasingly fragile and any number of otherwise easily handled variables result in death.
Additionally, with awareness of ?ing debility, decreasing options, often pain with very advanced disease, the internal will to live fades & dying appears the better option.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Not always fatal

Distant mets characterizes stage IV colon cancer.
In many instances there is a solitary lesion to lung or liver. These can be resected and in selected instances, chemoembolization to liver or hyperthermic peritoneal chemotherapy used for control of distant sites. With introduction of chemo-immunotherapy a higher degree of cure can be anticipated in not too distant future.

In brief: Not always fatal

Distant mets characterizes stage IV colon cancer.
In many instances there is a solitary lesion to lung or liver. These can be resected and in selected instances, chemoembolization to liver or hyperthermic peritoneal chemotherapy used for control of distant sites. With introduction of chemo-immunotherapy a higher degree of cure can be anticipated in not too distant future.
Dr. Myron Arlen
Dr. Myron Arlen
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