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What Is The Survival Rate For Stage 3c Colon Cancer?

Postby Werner » Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:35 pm

My husband was diagnosed with stage 3c colon cancer in July of this year.
He is 30.
He has had the entire colon removed and has an ileostomy. Cancer spread through the colon to the abdominal wall, two tumors both in the descending colon, and mets to 6 lymph nodes.
I see that the 5 year survival rate is typically 44%, but does that mean that 44% of people live for just 5 years? Or that 44% of people live longer than 5 years.
We have 2 toddlers and one more on the way, and I am trying to get a handle on the average time we may have left together.
He is on 46 hour cycles every two weeks of adjuvant chemo, 5fu and leucovorin.
Any advice from anyone would be helpful.
Thank you.
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Postby aeker » Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:36 pm

my grandfather is dying of colon cancer

that means that 44% make it to 5 years

if it stays in the colon or in that area, theres chances he can live up to twenty years

if it moves into other areas (especially the lungs), or if chemo causes him to fall ill with some usually simple thing like the flu, it could be shorter

make sure you doctor keeps a lookout on possible spreading so it can be stopped early, and keep him free of disease and he could quite possibly make it past the 5!

my grandfather was given a two year limit, its now year 7 and he only became bedridden in the last two months
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Postby Aeneas » Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:37 pm

Stage IIIC with greater than five lymph nodes positive in a 30 year old is a difficult situation, but if he is one of the "44%" who make it five years with no evidence of disease, he could be cured.
That 44% number varies from study group to study group.
The advice given to you by the oncologists who know all the details of the case will invariably be better than any gueses we make over the internet - even from those of us who are real medical oncology specialists with years of experience.

The first answer is incorrect is two places.
"Looking closely" for recurring or metastatic disease is not a great advantage when he is already receiving the best systemic treatment we have.
There are no good salvage chemotherapy treatments for this type of cancer if it grows large enough to show up in the lungs or liver on CT scans.

Also, he is not likely to be greatly threatened by influenza or pneumonia "from" the chemotherapy.
With this treatment his white cell count will not fall to dangerously low levels, and at age 30 it would be very unlikely for an opportunistic infection to threaten his life.

The greatest threat is residual cancer cells that cannot be seen now but which may grow to become clinically apparent over the next two years.
A tumor the size of a marble contains about one billion cancer cells, so our scans cannot "see" residual tumor masses of only a few million cells.

His doctors are giving him chemotherapy hoping to kill of any residual tumor cell masses that are too small to see.
The time the treatment works best is when the disease is too small to show up on scans.
Doing excessive numbers of repeat CT scans is just looking for bad news earlier.
Follow your oncologist's recommendation.

People have a great deal of trouble understanding this.
Cancer is a microscopic disease long before it is large enough to be a visible tumor mass.
Once you can see recurrent colon cancer in the liver or lungs, it is usually too large to cure.
Right now, there is still hope.
We hope you and he will be in the lucky ~40%.
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Postby Daryn » Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:48 pm

A lot of things can influence colon cancer survival rates. Stage is a major factor, but tumor location and country of residence have also been shown to impact survival. For example, tumors in the right side of the colon are often caught later because symptoms take longer to emerge, and in countries where early screening is relatively uncommon, tumors are caught later. Studies have also found that exercise may increase colon cancer survival rates. According to the American Cancer Society, 83 percent of people with stage 3A colon cancer are still alive five years after their diagnosis. The survival rates for stage 3B (64 percent) and stage 3C (44 percent) are less encouraging. However, it's important to remember that survival rates are generalizations and your individual chances of survival may be quite different. Also, survival data reflects what has happened in the past. With all the new chemotherapy drugs available, it's possible that today's survival rate for stage 3 colon cancer is significantly higher.

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Postby Segenam » Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:49 pm

I was diagnosed at age 57 with stage 3c colon cancer in 2007. I had surgery and 6 months of chemo.

Praise God I m alive and well. Keep the Faith!
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Postby DevIyn » Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:51 pm

it's 44% are alive after 5 years.

but you have to remember that most people who get colon cancer are old (like 80 old) and the survival rate from them is pretty bad yes, but the survival rate for younger people (and 30 is VERY young for colon cancer) is much MUCH higher! (sorry i don;t know the exact figures)

if he gets the chemo i'm sure he'll be fine :) - it sucks but it's worth it!

all the best and good luck, i can't imagine what it must be like for it to be your partner!
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