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The Stages of Colon Cancer Explained

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Colon cancer.
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Colonoscopy.
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What is stage 0 colon cancer?


Colon cancer, colon lining.
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What is stage 1 colon cancer?


Woman having CT scan.
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What is stage 2 colon cancer?


Stage 3 colon cancer.
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What is stage 3 colon cancer?


Metastasis.
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What is stage 4 colon cancer?


Scientific research.
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Standard molecular tests for colon cancer of all stages


Scientist conducting molecular tests.
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Standard molecular tests for stage 4


Biopsy tissue and cell samples.
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Clinical and pathologic staging


Male doctor talking to senior couple.
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What about treatment guidelines by stage?


Surgery in operating room.
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Surgical treatment depends on stage


Chemotherapy.
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Chemotherapy most beneficial at stages 3, 4


Woman receiving radiation therapy,
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Radiation therapy not often used in colon cancer, but can spare healthy tissue


Surgical instruments in OR.
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Ablation useful in metastatic colon cancer treatment


Surgery via leg vein.
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Embolization helpful when chemo can't be used


Man undergoing blood test for clinical trial concept.
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Don’t forget clinical trials


Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

@judithebbert

Judi Ebbert earned her PhD at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health. She has worked at three NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers and is a writer/editor at Moffitt Cancer Center. Judi has great interest in chronic disease prevention and treatment, and is an advocate for equitable access to care and optimal quality of life for all people. She loves swimming, her dogs and cats, great food, art, humor, and cinematic thrillers. She’s on Twitter @judithebbert.