Stage 3 colorectal cancer is a cancer that has spread outside of the colon into at least one lymph node, states WebMD. Patients who have stage 3 cancer that has spread to less than five lymph nodes typically have better survival rates than those whose cancer has spread to more than five nodes.
“I was told I had stage 3 colon cancer, and that I needed surgery,” Melinda said. “I was shocked! I wasn’t sure what to think; this was devastating news.” Melinda underwent surgery at Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center to remove the tumor. She was informed she had stage 3 colon cancer with 3 of 12 lymph nodes involved.
Stage IIIB: The cancer has grown through the bowel wall or to surrounding organs and into 1 to 3 lymph nodes or to a nodule of tumor in tissues around the colon or rectum that do not appear to be lymph nodes. It has not spread to other parts of the body (T3 or T4a, N1 or N1c, M0; T2 or T3, N2a, M0; or T1 or T2, N2b, M0).
Stage II: Colon cancer has spread to the muscular walls of the colon and has not yet reached the lymph nodes. The five year colon cancer survival rate for patients diagnosed with stage II colon cancer is 78%. Stage III: At this stage, the cancer has spread from the colon to the lymph nodes. Stage III colon cancer is further divided into:
Colon cancer is categorized by one of four stages, each more advanced than the one before. “If we have an individual at stage I or II, the chances of cancer recurring are far less than stage III,” says Muffaddal Morkas, MD, a medical oncologist and hematologist at Texas Oncology, Houston Memorial City.
If your original cancer was diagnosed at stage 2 or stage 3, your oncologist will probably repeat the colonoscopy every year for the first three years. Colon Cancer Screening: No Ifs, Ands or ...
Stage III colon cancer can be cured most often through surgery, but chemotherapy and radiation may also be used. The earlier the cancer is caught, the more likely it is to be treatable. It is also possible, however, for cancer to return even after a person has been cancer-free for a period of time.
Our colorectal cancer nomograms are online prediction tools that are designed to help physicians and patients make decisions about treatment and long-term follow-up care. They may also be used by researchers to help design and evaluate clinical trials. Doctors and researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering have created two nomograms that are customized for people with colorectal cancer:
The staggering statistics of colon cancer in the elderly make it a disease that can’t be ignored. With the American Cancer Society reporting that colon cancer is the second leading cause of death in men and women in the U.S. and 90 percent of those cases being seniors over the age of 50, treating a senior that has a colon cancer prognosis can be a common occurrence.
I was Dx'ed on 1/13/12 (Friday the 13th by the way) with stage 3b colon cancer, 3 nodes and signet cell. I had the right hemicolon surg on 1/31/12, then 6 months of chemo. Was disconnected August 24, 2012. I still have some issues with chemo-induced neuropathy, otherwise I am thrilled with each and every day I wake up.