ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Cope With Stage 3 Colon Cancer

Updated on August 12, 2013
Dr. Haddox profile image

Degrees: 1) Oakland U., 2) Michigan State U (College of Human Medicine), 3) George Washington U. (Medicine), Vanderbilt U. (Divinity School)

Source
Source
Source
Source

Cancer in the Large Intestine

Eating carefully can help one defend one's self against any type of cancer, including colon cancer.


There are a good number of sites on the internet that instruct's those who are interested in avoiding cancers of all types. In addition to eating correctly, try to avoid severely stressful life experiences, as best that you can. Of course, not all stress is avoidable, and that's to be expected. Sleep is also critical. We need to give our body, and the cells, tissues and organs that make up our organ systems, a chance to rest and repair the damage that is encountered during a day of life.

Colon cancer originate in the large intestine. These cancers are associated with the presence of polyps, or small clusters of cells, or tissue, that evolve into cancerous tissue, given some time. It is a sad thing that these tumors are often found after they have had the time to grow, causing signs and symptoms such as "bowel obstruction," especially on the right side of the body, in the "ascending colon." We know that as materials move through the human intestines the flow is from the right side of the system to the left side of the system. I am keeping my language as simple as I can so that what I am trying to explain can be understood by most people. As the materials in the intestine move through the GI-system (GI for gastro-intestinal) the materials become more solid (changing from a liquid state (as in the case of the state in the ascending colon), to a solid state (as in the state of the materials in the descending colon and the sigmoid colon, on the left side of the GI-system). The materials in the colon become solid because water is being absorbed from the inside of the GI-system as the foods (material inside the colon) are acted upon, and this process, of course is called digestion. Digestion is a very complicated process in the environment of the colon, and is far beyond the scope of this discourse to explain in detail. However, the process that we are going through, just reading this short discourse, and contemplating the stresses that cells of the GI-system must endure, gives us some idea of how this "hostile" environment, for lack of better words, lends itself to the creation of an ideal situation for the manifestation of the development of tumors, or in other words, colon cancers.

One can easily understand that on the right side of the system, in the ascending colon, where food stuffs are liquid, a tumor can grow to a large size, and maybe even obstruct the system, before it is discovered, because in the liquid state food stuffs can move around a solid mass (that is a tumor).

But considering the left side of the system, or in the descending colon and sigmoid colon, where the food stuffs (actually waste material, or fecal material that are in the "solid state") are solid, a solid tumor, or cancerous mass of tissue, readily obstructs the system.

Now to get to the issue at hand: how to cope with stage 3 colorectal cancer.


The best way to talk about this is to look at the stages that precede stage 3 and understand the processes as we go.

Stage 0: are cancers that are know as "carcinoma in situ," and in this situation the disease process remains within the lining of the colon or rectum. In this situation the removal of the cancer, either by polypectomy (using a colonoscopic device, or by surgery is the mass is too large), is enough to solve the problem.

Stage 1: are situations where colorectal cancers have grown and "invaded" or gone through several layers of the intestine, but have not "eaten" their way through, that is, or spread beyond the muscular layer of the colon or rectum. Most of the time, with stage one colon cancer a colon resection (that is, surgery), is all that is required for a cure.

Stage 2: A stage 2 colorectal cancer has traveled beyond the muscular layers of the large intestine (stage 2A) and has reached into adjacent tissue (stage 2B). In this case, the cancer has not reached the lymph nodes, however. Most of the time a surgical resection is all that is need to cure a stage 2 cancer. Noteworthy, some cancer doctors tend to be more aggressive with this stage of cancer, because they can come back, or recur. Therefore, some doctors will treat people with chemotherapy following surgery. Sometimes doctors will even do the surgical procedure, that is, do a resection, and follow this up with chemotherapy and radiation to prevent the chances of a recur.

Stage 3: (this is the stage that this discourse is suppose to address). As to be expected, stage 3 is considered an advanced stage of cancer because in this case the problem has gone or spread to the lymph nodes, however, not beyond the lymph nodes to other tissues or organs of the body. In the case of colon cancer, surgery is done first, then chemotherapy is done. Depending on the surgeon done the treatments, chemotherapy and radiation may be done first, then surgery in the case of stage 3 rectal cancer.

Stage 4: There is a stage 4. I don't like writing about it, because I believe that one's personal physician and the team of cancer doctors should be the ones to "get with a patient," face-to-face, to counsel and be close to the patient who is suffering.

However, I will say that in the case of stage 4 colorectal cancer, the disease has spread (that is, metastasized) to distant organs and vital tissues such as the liver, lungs, or ovaries. A "cure" may be difficult to achieve at this point, but physicians always strive to "relieve human suffering." Surgery may not cure the cancer in the case of stage 4, but it can be helpful in relieving or preventing complications. In the case of stage 4, where the tumors cannot be surgically removed, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and in most instances, both treatments, are used to relieve pain, delay complications and to decrease suffering.

No discourse can take the place of a great working relationship with one's physicians. It is my hope that this little write-up is somewhat useful. If this be the case, then my goal has been met.

Regards, Peace, and Blessings,

Dr. Haddox

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)