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Colon Cancer Prognosis

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I have a relative who was diagnosed with colon cancer (could be stage 4). She had surgery and then six weeks later she started chemotherapy. Eight weeks after the surgery she went back to surgery to reverse the colostomy. During this procedure the doctor found that there was more cancer in the colon, so he removed an additional section of the colon. Is it possible that the cancer came back or spread because they did not start her on chemotherapy right away? Isn’t six weeks too long or is it standard?


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replied January 26th, 2006
Colon Cancer Answer A214
During Stage IV colon cancer, the cancer is so spread through a host that both surgery and chemotherapy are unable to cure the disease (palliative therapy). They can only slow down the process for a little while and enable colon passage and feces elimination (colon-stoma). It sounds as if the cancer didn’t make a return to the affected area but that it was already present. In my opinion, I don’t think that starting with chemotherapy earlier than 6 weeks could have made the prognosis better.
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