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If you or a family member have been diagnosed with Metastatic Colon Cancer and a health care provider
  • discounted complaints of rectal bleeding or blood in the stool as due to hemorrhoids,
  • did not consider colon cancer as the cause of other symptoms such as unexplained anemia or unplanned weight loss,
  • failed to recommend or conduct colon cancer screening such as a colonoscopy,
  • missed an early stage cancer during a colonoscopy or other procedure,
  • failed to follow-up after abnormal test results, or
  • failed to recommend or provide appropriate treatment

Metastatic Colon Cancer

Colon cancer metastasis means that the cancer has spread beyond the colon to the lymph nodes or other organs, or that there is a recurrence of the cancer after treatment.

Stage 3 Colon Cancer

Stage 3 colon cancer is characterized by the spread of the cancer to the lymph nodes so that:

  • If the cancer has reached the submucosa of the lining (the middle layers of the colon) and involves 1-3 lymph nodes it is classified as Stage 3A. With treatment, the five-year survival rate can exceed 80 percent.
  • If the cancer has penetrated the outermost layers of the colon wall and has reached nearby tissue, nearby organs (such as the bladder) or into the peritoneum it is classified as Stage 3B. The five-year survival rate for this stage is generally 64 percent.
  • If the cancer is present in at least 4 lymph nodes it is classified as Stage 3C. With treatment, the five-year survival rate is generally approximately 44 percent.
Treatment may involve a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and sometimes radiation therapy.

Stage 4 Colon Cancer

Once colon cancer spreads to other organs, such as the liver or the lungs, it is considered stage 4 colon cancer. This is the most advanced form of colon cancer. Treatment may involve a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and sometimes radiation therapy. Which treatment protocal is recommended depends on many factors, including the total number of tumors, the location of those tumors, and the aggressiveness of the cancer, as well as the patient's age and overall health. Even with treatment, however, the five year suvival rate is somewhere in the range of 8 percent to 15 percent.

In those cases where the treatment is no longer effective the patient's doctors will recommend a switch to palliative therapy.

Once a patient is diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer the five-year survival rate is generally considered to be much lower than for early stage colon cancer, even with treatment.

Recurrent Colon Cancer

This is cancer that has come back after it was treated to the point of being undetectable. The cancer can come back in the colon, the lymph nodes, or in a distant part of the body. Very often, it comes back in the liver. Sometimes it also comes back in the lungs. Regardless of the location of the metastasis, it is still colon cancer and is treated with techniques and therapies specific for colon cancer.

Since colon cancer elevates the CEA count in some people, anyone whose CEA was elevated prior to surgery for colon cancer normally has hir or her CEA monitored for at least several years after treatment. A consistent or rapid rise in CEA may indicate that the cancer has returned. In such cases, diagnostic testing such as a colonoscopy a and CAT scan are performed in order to understand where the cancer is located so that appopriate treatment can commence. Treatment for recurrent colon cancer is not always as effective as treatment for the original cancer.

Contact us for a Free Consultation at
Free-Consultation@Colon-Cancer-Law.com If you or a family member have been diagnosed with Stage 3 or Stage 4 Metastatic Colon Cancer and a health care provider
  • ignored complaints of symptoms consistent with Colon Cancer, such as blood in the stool, attributing them to hemorrhoids,
  • failed to screen starting at age 50 for Colon Cancer by recommending a
    1. colonoscopy or
    2. sigmoidoscopy and testing for fecal occult blood, or
  • failed to follow up after an abnormal test result
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