Facts about Colorectal Cancer:
Colorectal cancer, otherwise known as colon cancer, is one
of the most deadly forms of cancer in the U.S. - but it doesn't
have to be.
Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of U.S. cancer
deaths for men and women combined. Every year, nearly 150,000
people in the U.S. are diagnosed with the disease, and nearly
60,000 die. That is more lives lost to colorectal cancer than
breast cancer and AIDS combined.
The good news is most of these deaths can be prevented using
available screening tests and treatments for the disease.
This is because colorectal cancer is curable 90% of the time
when detected early. In addition, screening tests can be used
to detect certain pre-cancerous growths in the colon and rectum
allowing them to be removed before they ever develop into
So please, talk to your physician. Know your personal risks
for this disease. This one can be cured!
- from the NCCRA and EIF web pages
Stages of Cancer:
The Stages in any form of Cancer range from 0 to IV.
Stage 0 - the tumor has not spread to nearby tissue.
Stage I - a small invasive cancer without known metastasis.
Stages II & III - more advanced, usually with lymph node
Stage IV - progressive, typically with metastasis.
Grading involves learning how aggressive the cancer is - ranging
from least to most aggressive. The higher the grade, the more
aggressive (faster growing) the cancer.
Grades range from I to IV. Cancers that look more aggressive
require different treatment.
The stage and grade of the cancer is very important to your
choice of treatment options.
In what Stage is Todd?
Todd cancer is in Stage IV because it has metastasized (spread)
from his Colon into his abdominal cavity. He will begin his
chemotherapy treatment as aggressively as the cancer in his
body. Dr. Nahum (the Oncologist from Jersey Shore Medical
Center) and Dr. Fuchs (the Oncologist from the Dana Farber
Cancer Institute) are working together to create Todd’s