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Can your colon cancer come back after 5 years of being in remission?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgery - Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

A majority of colorectal cancers, if they recur, recur within 3-5 years, but it is possible to recur later as well.
The other possibility is development of new cancers or polyps, which is why surveillance/screening colonoscopy may be warranted. Ask your doctor/surgeon for more information.

In brief: Yes

A majority of colorectal cancers, if they recur, recur within 3-5 years, but it is possible to recur later as well.
The other possibility is development of new cancers or polyps, which is why surveillance/screening colonoscopy may be warranted. Ask your doctor/surgeon for more information.
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes. Any cancer can come back at any time.
Cancer doesn't listen to doctors or textbooks very well. However, for most cancers, including colon cancer, being 5 years out ned (no evidence of disease) is a practical definition of cure. Likelihood of recurrence is low.

In brief: Yes

Yes. Any cancer can come back at any time.
Cancer doesn't listen to doctors or textbooks very well. However, for most cancers, including colon cancer, being 5 years out ned (no evidence of disease) is a practical definition of cure. Likelihood of recurrence is low.
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Dr. Sewa Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes it can, rarely

Late relapses(after 5 years) are uncommon but not unheard of.
So it is not a total surprise.

In brief: Yes it can, rarely

Late relapses(after 5 years) are uncommon but not unheard of.
So it is not a total surprise.
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