Colorectal Cancer,Metastatic or Recurrent - What Happens
Cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in
the body. These extra cells grow together and form masses, lumps, or tumors. In
colorectal cancer, these growths usually start as
harmless (benign) polyps in the
large intestine (colon or rectum).
Colon polyps are common and most do not cause
problems. But if polyps are not detected and removed, some of them can turn
If the cancer is allowed to continue growing, it
eventually will invade and destroy nearby tissues and then spread farther.
- Colon cancer often spreads first to nearby lymph nodes. From there it may spread
to other parts of the body, usually to the liver. It may also spread to the
lungs, bones, or other organs in the body.
- Rectal cancer may spread directly to the lungs, bypassing the liver.
Metastatic or recurrent colorectal cancer occurs when cancer cells travel, through
either the bloodstream or the
lymph system, to other parts of the body and continue
to grow in their new location. Recurrent colorectal cancer occurs when the
cancer begins to grow again months or years after treatment.
colorectal cancer will affect your life span depends on the
stage of your cancer. A cancer's stage depends on how
far it has spread.
The 5-year survival rate for people with colorectal cancer that has
spread to nearby organs or lymph nodes is 68%.1 This means that 68 out of 100 people are still alive 5 years or longer
after their cancer was discovered. For people who have colorectal cancer that has spread farther away to other parts of their bodies, the rate is 11%. This means that 11 out of 100 people are still alive 5 years or longer after their cancer was discovered.
These numbers are taken from reports that were done at least 5 years ago, before newer treatments were available. So the actual chances of your survival are likely to be higher than these numbers.