• Is it still stage 4 if it has not metastasized to other organs and the nodes are clean?

    Asked by rustysflygirl on Sunday, March 4, 2012

    Is it still stage 4 if it has not metastasized to other organs and the nodes are clean?

    Found on routine colonoscopy, mucoid adenocarcinoma. Surgery to remove ascending colon, surgeon said there was cancer on the omen tum but the nodes were all neg. He said it was stage 4. I thought 4 was if it had spread elsewhere like liver, lungs ect. His scan was neg. not metastasis except the omentum.

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    • saltermd's Avatar
      saltermd

      If cancer was discovered on the omentum following surgery (i.e., biopsy confirmed the presence of colon cancer at this non-colon site) then technically this is stage IV. However, stage IV is a huge spectrum, and the prognosis is often far better for someone who's disease has been completely removed with surgery (as opposed to others where the cancer has spread too much to utilize surgery to this extent). I would still pursue chemotherapy and hope for the best. We have seen cures in situations such as this !

      over 5 years ago
    • rustysflygirl's Avatar
      rustysflygirl

      thank you so much!

      over 5 years ago
    • dearestdeb's Avatar
      dearestdeb

      I also had mucinous adenocarcinoma (appendix cancer ) stage 4. Please contact me if yours is the same and I can help.

      over 5 years ago

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