Progress against Colon Cancer. Part 2

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However, treatment advances over the past decade have included a combined chemotherapy regimen for disease involving lymph nodes (which has raised survival rates from 40 percent to 60 percent), and surgical removal of liver metastases in certain patients (raising survival rates from less than 10 percent to more than 25 percent in those patients).

Without a doubt, the best therapy for colon cancer is early detection. However, the problem with detecting colon cancer is that patients often experience no symptoms in the disease’s earliest stages. When the disease advances, patients may report blood in the stool, weight loss, abdominal pain or other symptoms related to obstruction of the colon.

Because most colon cancer arises in polyps and because polyp removal reduces death rates from colon cancer, the current recommendation is to have sigmoidoscopic or colonoscopic screening to detect polyps beginning at age 50 (earlier if one has a family history of colon cancer). Also recommended is a yearly test for hidden blood in the stool (called a fecal occult blood test) to detect the slow bleeding that can be a sign of colon cancer. A positive fecal occult blood test is followed by a colonoscopy to look for the source of bleeding.

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