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How long does someone in stage 4 colon cancer have to live?

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How long does someone in stage 4 colon cancer have to live?

Postby richardo » Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:57 am

My dad was just diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. I've done some research and read a few answers here on yahoo. Everyone is saying that this is "a death sentence". I was wondering if anyone knows how long the average life expectancy is of someone with stage four colon cancer...it has spread to the liver and lungs as well.
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Postby meredith » Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:01 am

I dont like putting a date on these kinds of situations, but unfortunately this type of Cancer can be particularly savage and can be quite swift, in as far as some as the cases i have seen and been involved with, (i am a community care worker) Some i have been involved with, can hold on for 3 or 4 years if they are quite healthy, if not they can go as quickly as 6 months from diagnosis.......I apologize for being the bearer of bad news, but the best you can do for your dad is to be there for him, allow him that time to greive, the greiving process is goind to take him through some pretty strong emotions, so you are really going to need to be there for him during this stage, even if you are dealing with your own issues in regards to grief..... and to be close to all of his family, hold his hand when he wants to, and just let him know you love him......other than that i can offer some website that will also give you some pointers as to how to deal with this issue.

They are.......Paliative care explained...involves grief processes and how to deal with death.....
http://www.disability.vic.gov.au/dsonline/dsarticles.nsf/(Pages)/Palliative_care_explained?OpenDocument

Grief and bereavement
http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/179_06_150903/mad10520_fm.html
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Postby torence » Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:12 am

nobody can answer this question like a doctor, especially HIS doctor.

and i'm truly sorry to hear about this. take care.
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Postby maximilian13 » Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:16 am

You should really join the forum on www.cancer.org (American Cancer Society).

I have no idea if your dad has had surgery, or radiation, or what chemo's he's on. Probably 5FU, Oxaliplatin, Avastin, or Camptosar.

Depends on his age and general health. Colon/rectal cancer quite commonly, metastacizes (spreads) to the lung, liver. If lesions can be contained, the function of that organ will continue.

Also, look at www.accuray.com for information on Cyberknife. It's a very targeted form of radiation and offers some patients who were told they were inoperable, some hope.

Even the best doctors in the most well known cancer centers, aren't aware or well versed in this and other technologies, so please continue your research.
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Postby peppino » Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:25 am

remember that everyone is individual so there may well be no right answers. Talk to your dads doctor, his support nurse, the macmillan nurse or phone BACUP and ask them. They may not be able to give you definitive answers but they will certainly be able to help. Good luck.
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Postby howard » Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:41 am

Do a colon cleanse
Colon Cleanse
http://www.soundfeelings.com/free/colon_cleansing.htm#recipe



Take a look at the site below which explains many misunderstood things about the cancer industry, and has some natural cures too.

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http://dgwa1.fortunecity.com/body/cancer.html
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Postby fridgeir » Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:46 am

My aunt had colon cancer 2 years ago. She recently found out that it has spread to her lungs. She is in Stage 4. The doctors have told her that without treatment, she will die. With treatment, she has a 30-40% survival rate. There are several new experimental treatments for colon cancer that she has been looking into. One is called "CyberKnife." The other one is using stem cells. I know how scary this diagnosis is for you and your family. Don't give up. There are options.
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Postby emile98 » Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:54 am

My aunt had colon cancer 2 years ago. She recently found out that it has spread to her lungs. She is in Stage 4. The doctors have told her that without treatment, she will die. With treatment, she has a 30-40% survival rate. There are several new experimental treatments for colon cancer that she has been looking into. One is called "CyberKnife." The other one is using stem cells. I know how scary this diagnosis is for you and your family. Don't give up. There are options.
Varies per person. Ask his doctor. You might want to try this. This has only been confirmed with prostate cancer but doctors are pretty sure and will soon test it with other cancers. If he eats a diet of fruits and vegetables with whole wheat and low protein and low fat, the cancer might progress slower. it won't stop it but he might live longer.
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Postby chonen » Wed Sep 07, 2011 8:01 am

Sorry but it is time for him to get things in order, make his peace, pack up and say goodbye.
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