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Patient Q & A Section

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How long does chemo work for Stage 4 colon cancer?

Chemotherapy for Stage 4 colon cancer is often given for a total of 3 to 6 months. However, the length of treatment depends on which drugs are being used, how well it is working and the side effects patients experience. Power makes it easy to find colon cancer clinical trials tailored to your condition, treatment, or location.

Are there any new treatments for colon cancer?

The FDA has recently approved the drug encorafenib (Braftovi) for treatment of some patients with colon cancer. Encorafenib can also be used in combination with cetuximab (Erbitux) for patients with metastatic colon cancer and a specific mutation in the BRAF gene. If you are looking to join a colon cancer clinical trial, Power can help you search recent trials by condition, treatment, or location.

What is the life expectancy of someone with colon cancer?

The overall 5-year survival rate for people with colon cancer is 63%. When the cancer is diagnosed at a localized stage, the survival rate is 91%. When the cancer has spread to surrounding tissues, organs, or lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 72%. Once the cancer has spread to distant parts of the body, the 5-year survival rate is only 16%. You can find the most recent colon cancer clinical trials by using Power, which allows you to search trials tailored to your condition, location, and ideal treatment.

Is colon cancer 100% curable?

Colon cancer is highly treatable and often curable when it is localized in the bowel. The primary form of treatment is surgery and the results can cure approximately 50% of patients. However, recurrence after surgery is a major problem and is often the ultimate cause of death. Power makes it easy to find colon cancer clinical trials tailored to your condition, treatment, or location.

Who gets colon cancer the most?

The risk of colon cancer increases as you get older. While colon cancer can occur in teenagers and young adults, the majority of colon cancers occur in people 50 or older. The average age at the time of diagnosis is 68 for men and 72 for women. To find active colon cancer clinical trials in your area, you can use Power to search by condition, treatment, or location.

How long can you survive colon cancer without treatment?

A 2011 study found that the median survival of patients with untreated colon cancer was 24 months. The one-year survival rate was 65% while the 2-year survival rate was only 25%. These survival rates are longer than many other types of untreated cancers as colon cancer grows slowly relative to other cancers. If you are looking to join a colon cancer clinical trial, Power can help you search recent trials by condition, treatment, or location.

Is bowel cancer the same as colon cancer?

Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that starts in the large bowel. It is sometimes called colon or rectal cancer depending on where the bowel cancer starts. Bowel cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed types of cancer in the UK, and most people who are diagnosed are 60 or older. You can find the most recent colon cancer clinical trials by using Power, which allows you to search trials tailored to your condition, location, and ideal treatment.

Do you feel ill with colon cancer?

People with colon cancer often experience subtle symptoms and do not necessarily feel ill. However, more than 90% of people with colon cancer experience 1 of the following symptoms: a persistent change in bowel habit, blood in the stool without hemorrhoids, or abdominal pain, discomfort, or bloating brought about by eating. To find active colon cancer clinical trials in your area, you can use Power to search by condition, treatment, or location.

Is Stage 3C colon cancer terminal?

Patients with Stage 3C colon cancer have a 5-year survival rate of 28%. Stage 3C colon cancer is when the cancer has spread through the outermost layer of the colon, also known as the serosa, to the tissue that lines the organs in the abdomen. If you are looking to join a colon cancer clinical trial, Power can help you search recent trials by condition, treatment, or location.

What is the life expectancy for Stage 3 colon cancer?

Almost 70% of people with Stage 3 colon cancer will survive for 5 years or more after diagnosis. However, this is only an estimate based on a large group of colon cancer patients in the UK from 2013 to 2017. Your doctor can give you more specific information about your prognosis. You can find the most recent colon cancer clinical trials by using Power, which allows you to search trials tailored to your condition, location, and ideal treatment.

Does tumor size matter in colon cancer?

A 2011 study found that tumor size was an independent prognostic parameter for patients with colon cancer. However, cut-off values vary in different parts of the large bowel. While prognostic significance within the colon is strong, it appears to be of lesser value in the rectum. Power makes it easy to find colon cancer clinical trials tailored to your condition, treatment, or location.

What percentage of males get colon cancer?

The lifetime risk for getting colon cancer is about 1 in 23 (4.3%) in men and 1 in 25 (4.0%) in women. Colon cancer is the third leading cause of death in the United States in both men and women, and the second leading cause when men and women are combined. To find active colon cancer clinical trials in your area, you can use Power to search by condition, treatment, or location.

What is the most important risk factor for colon cancer?

The link between diet, weight, and exercise and colon cancer risk is one of the strongest for any type of cancer. If you are overweight, not physically active, or eat a diet high in red or processed meats, you have a higher risk of developing colon cancer. Long-term smoking and heavy alcohol use are also known to be risk factors. If you are looking to join a colon cancer clinical trial, Power can help you search recent trials by condition, treatment, or location.

Does Stage 2 colon cancer require chemo?

While adjuvant chemotherapy is recommended for patients with Stage 2 colon cancer with high-risk features, there are many patients without high-risk features who also receive adjuvant chemotherapy. A 2015 study found that 27% of patients with Stage 2 colon cancer without high-risk features were given adjuvant chemotherapy. You can find the most recent colon cancer clinical trials by using Power, which allows you to search trials tailored to your condition, location, and ideal treatment.

Can you beat colon cancer?

While colon cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, it is preventable and curable if detected at an early stage. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States. However, the death rate has steadily decreased over the past several decades in older adults. Power makes it easy to find colon cancer clinical trials tailored to your condition, treatment, or location.

How many rounds of chemo is needed for colon cancer?

People with colon cancer may have up to 8 cycles of chemotherapy. Each cycle of chemotherapy lasts 2 to 3 weeks depending on the drugs that are used. The type of drugs used depends on the risk of the cancer coming back and any other medical conditions the patient has. To find active colon cancer clinical trials in your area, you can use Power to search by condition, treatment, or location.

How long does chemo last for Stage 4 colon cancer?

Chemotherapy for Stage 4 colon cancer is often given for 3 to 6 months. The length of treatment depends on how well it is working and the side effects the patient has. For example, some chemotherapy drugs are only given on the first day of the cycle, while others are given a few days in a row or once a week. If you are looking to join a colon cancer clinical trial, Power can help you search recent trials by condition, treatment, or location.

Does Stage 3 colon cancer require chemo?

Surgery followed by adjuvant chemotherapy is the standard treatment for Stage 3 colon cancer. Stage 3 colon cancer is when the cancer has spread to the nearby lymph nodes but not to other parts of the body. If the cancer is more advanced, chemotherapy may be combined with radiation, which helps to shrink the cancer before it is removed. You can find the most recent colon cancer clinical trials by using Power, which allows you to search trials tailored to your condition, location, and ideal treatment.

How long until colon cancer kills you?

As long as the colon cancer is localized in the bowel, surgery is usually able to remove the cancer completely. Across all stages of colon cancer, 7 to 8 in every 10 people will live at least one year after diagnosis. More than half of colon cancer patients will live at least another 10 years. Power makes it easy to find colon cancer clinical trials tailored to your condition, treatment, or location.

Is colon cancer aggressive or slow growing?

Most colon and rectal cancers grow slowly over many years. In addition, most of these cancers start as a growth in the bowel known as a polyp. Removing a polyp through surgery may prevent it from turning into cancer. To find active colon cancer clinical trials in your area, you can use Power to search by condition, treatment, or location.