Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Cancer Colon Outlook

What to expect with colorectal cancer:

  • With treatment, about 85% of patients with small tumors will live more than five years.
  • People with stage 0 and stage I disease have a 90 to 95% chance of being disease-free 5 years after treatment.
  • Survival at five years drops to 30% if there is spread outside of the intestines.
  • The life expectancy of those with stage IV disease is about 18 months.
  • About 10 to 15% of patients undergoing surgery will require a colectomy and a temporary or permanent colostomy.

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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