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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Many options: The gold standard is colonoscopy, which is performed under sedation. Other alternatives include barium enema, ct colonography ("virtual colonoscopy") ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Colonoscopy: Colonoscopies are the mainstay for colon cancer screening. These should start at 50 for average risk people. The subsequent exams are 10 years apart w ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
'scope, X-ray, etc.: A number of different screening tests are available for colon ca. They include colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, double-contrast barium enema, ct ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
'scopes, X-rays, etc: A number of different screening tests are available for colon ca. They include colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, double-contrast barium enema, ct c ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No: The standard method to detect colon cancer is a colonscopy- plus it gives the doctor a chance to get a biopsy at the same time. A pet is a very useful ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
30 years experience General Surgery
Yes and Yes: A colonoscopy would detect anal, rectal, colon cancer. Typically a rectal/digital exam is done first.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Pretty low: Conventional assessment of colorectal cancer (CRC) risk largely involves detection of non-dysplastic adenomatous polyps. Standardized sensitivity was ... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Not gold standard: It's a pretty good screen but if you're having symptoms, you need to get 'scoped.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Test for blood in BM: The fobt tests for blood in the stool. Test is performed on spontaneously voided stool on three separate occasions. Presence of blood in any of the ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Finke
14 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Unfortunately, there are no good "screening" tests for ovarian cancer. When an ovarian cyst or mass is present and appears suspicious, your doctor ma ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
21 years experience Internal Medicine
Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy is not only diagnostic but therapeutic and preventive.
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
It depends: Transrectal MRI may be the best imaging test to determine local staging and invasion(eg Spread of the tumor beyond the margins of the prostate gland) ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
49 years experience Trauma Surgery
Screening test: If * then further studies are indicated
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
27 years experience General Surgery
Is not: There is a capsule camera you swallow to examine the small intestine not for screening. The standard for colin screening is still colonoscopy. Ct colo ... Read More
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Haresh Jhangiani
32 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Yes: Ca 19-9 can be used to monitor patients with pancreatic cancer lung cancer sometimes
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A 78-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Biopsy: Biopsy of the mass at colonoscopy is the only conclusive test, but the list of abnormalities identified is strongly concerning for colon cancer. Best ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Anoscopy: A better method would be anoscopy. See this site for information. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003890.htm
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Carefully: The physician will insert a gloved finger into the rectum, feeling for abnormal masses and or blood, stool should be tested immunologically for blood. ... Read More
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Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
No: Cea (carcinoembryonicantigen) is a protein that is released by some tumors into the bloodstream. It is useful for follow-up of cancer after treatment ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
In some cases: In patients aover age 50 and other high-risk situations (family history etc.) an annual physical may include a psa test; in many cases it is done on a ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Imaging with CT: Can observe some cases, but will miss others, so it is not the best, endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, and ERCP or mr-cholangiography help, but all re ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Cooke
21 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Not really: Not like breast (mammogram), prostate (psa blood test) or colon (colonoscopy). However, patients at high risk for adenocarcinoma, i.e. Longstanding a ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Pappachen
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Moderate: Get an amniocentesis, if relevant.
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