Colon Cancer (cont.)
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
Robert J Fingerote, MD, MSc, BSc
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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