Shane, I was diagnosed with colon cancer seventeen years ago! I had surgery to remove the tumor ... and another 14 inches or so of intestine. I did not require chemo or radiation. My mother had colon cancer when she in her early 80s and passed away at 96. An uncle of mine had his surgery for colon cancer around the same time I did ... and he's still alive and kickin'. If the cancer is detected early enough ... that is, if it hasn't spread to the liver and beyond, I think a person has a good chance of long life in good health. I highly recommend colonoscopy for anyone who has symptoms such as narrowing stool or blood in stool. I can only speak for my own experience (and family history) - I hope this information will be helpful to you.