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Colon Cancer (cont.)

Outlook

Recovery from colon cancer depends on the extent of your disease before your surgery.

  • If your tumor is limited to the inner layers of your colon, you can expect to live free of cancer recurrence 5 years or more 80 to 95% of the time depending on how deeply the cancer was found to invade into the wall.
  • If cancer has spread to your lymph nodes adjacent to the colon, the chance of living cancer free for 5 years is 30 to 65% depending upon the depth of invasion of the primary tumor and the numbers of nodes found to have been invaded by colon cancer cells.
  • If the cancer has already spread to other organs, the chance of living 5 years drops to 8%.
  • If the cancer has reached your liver but no other organs, removing part of your liver may prolong your life with as many as 20 to 40% of patients living cancer free for 5 years after such surgery.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/21/2014
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