Is It Worth Treating Colon Cancer?

Sometimes patients wonder if treatment for colon cancer is worth it, as the treatment can be uncomfortable, invasive, and expensive. However, as Dr. Dayyani describes in this video, treatment is highly worthwhile for colon cancer.

Early stage colon cancer is highly treatable with modern techniques and the treatment is well received. “Patients in their 90s are able to undergo surgical resection with very good quality of life,” Dr. Dayyani says. However, early stage colon cancer inevitably turns into late-stage, stage 4 colon cancer, which is nearly always lethal.

“For an early stage patient who does not get treated — meaning the tumor is detected in the colon, it might be in the lymph nodes, but not in other organs yet — depending on how aggressive the tumor is their time be extended to a year or two, but invariably it is important for the patient to know that it will become lethal,” he said.

Dr. Farshid Dayyani earned his medical degree in Munich, Germany at Ludwig-Maximilians Universitaet before completing his internal medicine internship and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass. He then completed his fellowship in medical oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Board certified in both internal medicine and medical oncology, Dr. Dayyani specializes in cancers of the genitourinary and gastrointestinal systems.

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