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If you or a family member have been diagnosed with Stage 4 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
Stage 4 Colon Cancer
Stage 4 Colon Cancer (sometimes also called Duke's D
Colon Cancer) is the most advanced stage of the
disease. By this point, the cancer has broken through
the wall of the colon and has spread to other organs.
It is generally also the lymph nodes. The most common
destination sites are the liver, the lungs, and the
Treatment for Stage 4 Colon Cancer
may be required on an emergency basis, such as when the
size of the tumor in the colon is so large that it is
causing an obstruction, preventing the passage of fecal
matter. Surgery may also be the first form of treatment
when there are only a few, relatively small, tumors in
an organ other than the colon. When the number of these
tumors become too numerous or their size becomes too
large, surgery may no longer be an option, at least
initially. Under these circumstances, chemotherapy,
avastin, (and possibly ratiation therapy) may be used in
an attempt to reduce the size and/or number of these tumors.
If this part of the treatment is successful, surgery may
become a viable option. Even if surgery
does not become an option, it may still be possible to
temporarily stop or at least slow down the progression
of the disease.
In some cases, the disease may advance so far or may
cause so much damage that treatment is no longer an
option. In such cases, the patient is normally provided
with paliative care in order to reduce pain and maintain
the patient's quality of life.
Survival Rate for Stage 4 Colon Cancer
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The generally cited 5-year survival rate for this stage
is approximately 8%. While this number is valid over the
population of patient's, it is impossible to predict how
a given individual will react to treatment. Many factors,
including the patient's age, overall health, and the
degree to which the disease has spread, all can influence
the individual patient's prognosis.
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with Stage 3 or Stage 4 (Metastatic) Colon Cancer and
a health care provider
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- 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
- colonoscopy or
- sigmoidoscopy and testing for fecal occult blood,or
- failed to follow up after an abnormal test result
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