DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
Tumors are diagnosed on progress through four stages with treatment being administered based on the diagnosis. These stages are:
- Stage I: Localized in the colon.
- Stage II: Spread beyond the colon but not to lymph nodes.
- Stage III: Spread outside the colon, reaching nearby lymph nodes.
- Stage IV: Advanced, with tumor cells spreading to distant organs.
Survival rates vary based on how far the cancer has spread:
- Localized: 89%,
- Regional: 72%,
- Distant: 16%
Note: These statistics are based on the SEER database.