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what is occult malignancy

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
35 years experience Medical Oncology
Hidden: Even though it sounds like something you find in a quija board, it just means that the source of the cancer is unknown. It is not terribly uncommon to ... Read More

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sri Sundararaman
28 years experience Radiation Oncology
No: Testing urine for cancer cells as screening of after treatment is not routine. Specific assays are being refined for detection. Finding occult blood o ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
47 years experience Radiation Oncology
There are many: Causes of occult blood, cancer is one of them. Some cancers do not bleed. Most guaiac + samples are not caused by cancer.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
34 years experience General Surgery
Occult: Bleeding from a tumor in the colon or rectum is usually like a dripping faucet; therefore, it often remains hidden to the naked eye.Another critical f ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Glueck
57 years experience Clinical Lipidology
Wait for path: You need to wait for the path report. In general, polyps above 2 cm are more likely to be cancerous, but the nature of the polyp is also important.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
27 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 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Bleeding in colon: Positive FIT means bleeding in the colon and rectum. It is not diagnostic of a disease per se. It may be inflammatory bowel disease, ischemic colitis, ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Not really: The sensitivity of occult blood test is very low -about 20-25% if it is done only once. If it is done in 3 separate occasions- the sensitivity of the ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Not optimal: Occult blood in stool (fobt) are helpful in detecting colon cancer and their use improves outcomes. However, fobt by itself is not a treatment theref ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Inma Prieto
68 years experience Internal Medicine
Early colonoscopy: Normally you would advance your first colonoscopy to age 40, from the standard age of 50, but if your father and uncle were diagnosed with colon canc ... Read More
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