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Colon cancer chemo necessary?

Colon cancer chemo necessary?

Depends on stage: Chemotherapy is never used for stage 1 cancers (early). It is sometimes used in stage 2 cancers (early but more advanced than stage 1). Chemotherapy is definitely beneficial in stage 3 cancers (locally advanced) and in stage 4 cancers (distant spread). ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is metastatic colon cancer curable?

Is metastatic colon cancer curable?

Possible: But less than 20% survive 5 years. Depends on where the metastases are and how numerous and size. Solitary liver mets without evidence elsewhere in the body can be cured with a liver resection. Diffuse mets to numerous body parts rarelyare curable. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
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Apply sunscreen
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Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
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See dermatologist for check ups
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How does colon cancer affect the body?

How does colon cancer affect the body?

Depends: Early on there may be no effect. As the disease progresses undiagnosed, you may develop a change in bowels, blood in stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy, loss of stamina, bowel obstruction, shortness of breath, anemia, early diagnosis in high risk patients or regular colonoscopies is the best way to avoid all of the above. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer curable?

Yes: Yes. Many people are cured with colon cancer. If found early surgery alone may be curable. If more advanced (eg, lymph node involvement or metastatic = spread to areas outside of colon), then chemotherapy may be needed. While less likely, even a few % of people with metastatic colon ca may be cured. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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Large intestinal cancer. Is that colon cancer?

Large intestinal cancer. Is that colon cancer?

Yes: The large intestine and the colon are words to describe the same anatomic structure in the abdomen. ...Read more

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I've heard basically a 22 yr olds chance of colon cancer is pretty much nil is this true? If so why? I only have a poor appetite thats not a specific symptom of colon cancer right? Please explain in detail

I've heard basically a 22 yr olds chance of colon cancer is pretty much nil is this true? If so why? I only have a poor appetite thats not a specific symptom of colon cancer right? Please explain in detail

You need a workup!: Colon cancer is rare indeed at age 22. So you need an evaluation for your poor appetite--many possibilities, would depend on a physical exam and other heath history. This sounds like a situation where you need a f2f visit! ...Read more

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Is colon cancer genetic?

Is colon cancer genetic?

Sometimes: Some colon cancers are related to specific genetic mutations but the majority are not. ...Read more

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What are the primary symptoms of colon cancer?

What are the primary symptoms of colon cancer?

Depends on location: If right sided may present with anemia (common). If large, some patients present with obstructive symptoms that require a bowel diversion. If metastatic can present with weight loss if extensive. One of the most common is detection of blood in the stool when a physician performs a rectal exam. Many variations of presentation. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does breast cancer increase colon cancer risk?

Does breast cancer increase colon cancer risk?

Rarely.: Some hereditary mutations may increase the risk of both breast and colon cancer. Nevertheless, the majority of all breast and colon cancers are not hereditary. ...Read more

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What are the usual signs of colon cancer?

What are the usual signs of colon cancer?

Depends: Colon cancer sometimes presents with symptoms, but often has no symptoms until later. This is why getting regular screening colonoscopies is recommended. If symptoms are present they can include blood in the stool, weight loss, change in caliber of the stool. Abdominal pain is less common. Since this cancer grows from a small polyp into cancer slowly, be proactive & get regular colonoscopies! ...Read more

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Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Can be: The fastest-growers are the ones that follow genetic pathways associated with the lynch loci. They may not even be preceded by a polyp -- colonoscopy can be clean one year, and a year later, there's a cancer. That's actually quite fast as cancers go. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Are breast cancer and colon cancer linked?

Are breast cancer and colon cancer linked?

Not directly usually: There is debate about how closely these 2 cancers are related. Both have hereditary natures and are more common generally in obese patients. Both often begin with more benign precursor lesions like dcis for breast cancer and benign polyps for colon cancer. Both are very common but there is little evidence that having either predisposes to having the other. ...Read more

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Colorectal cancer causes?

Colorectal cancer causes?

Heredity & diet: The cause is not known in most cases. In a small number the cause is clearly heredity, e.g., apc and hnpcc. In the garden variety colon cancer, a diet low in fiber and rich in fats may increase the risk of cancer. ...Read more

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I had infection and abscesses in my colon they drained out the pus by needle then i did surgery and diagnosed colon cancer does it spread if it licks?

I had infection and abscesses in my colon they drained out the pus by needle then i did surgery and diagnosed colon cancer does it spread if it licks?

Not sure...: If i understand your question. Colon cancer perforated at age 29 would be extremely rare. Ask your surgeon if there were clear margins & enough lymph nodes removed (12 or more removed is best). Review your treatment options with a medical oncologist. Perforated colon cancers can have higher risk factors for recurrence. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer preventable?

For the most part.: Early detection via colonosocpy, not ignoring symptoms such as bleeding, change in bowels, anemia, unintentional weight loss, and not assuming all rectal bleeding is from hemorrhoids are some ways to reduce your chances and maybe prevent colon cancer from developing. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer fatal?

Not Necessarily: It depends on the stage at diagnosis and the treatment obtained. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more