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what cures colon cancer

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Early detection!: The best thing that improves the chances of curing colon cancer is early detection. So preventive health care and screening are key. All adults should have a colonoscopy at age 50 to look for cancers or early cancers, usually as polyps. If you have a strong family history or certain conditions it is recommended you get earlier screening.Once detected, colon ca usually is cured by surgery, or drugs.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Surgery: If localized to colon or rectum, surgery cures, and in a limited number of cases with isolated liver metastases. Chemo and radiotherapy may have some supporting role, but only surgery cures.

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Can b17 cure cancer? Asked for someone with stage 4 colon cancer.

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Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 27 years experience
I : I wish there were a reliable cure for stage IV colon cancer, but unfortunately there is not, and vitamin b17 is most definitely not one. Vitamin b17 is another name for laetrile. This named was coined in the 50's in an attempt to overcome drug regulations and increase sales based on the popularity of vitamins. Laetrile, or amygdalin as it is also called, is not a vitamin by any definition of the biochemical term. There is no scientific evidence that laetrile or vitamin b17 has any anti-cancer benefits. I share many patients with naturopathic oncologists who prescribe nutritional and herbal therapies, but i've yet to see any of them consider laetrile effective. In the very special circumstance when a stage IV colon cancer patient has only a small number of metastasis in the liver only, there is a possibility of being cured by a combination of surgery and other therapies. Most of the time in stage IV disease, the cancer has spread widely in the body and it is impossible for the body or doctors to get rid of every last bad cell. There are however, many new and effective treatments that have significantly lengthened the amount of time patients with this disease can live and with a good quality of life. Some of these treatments are chemotherapy. Many people forget that one of the most effective chemotherapy drugs for colon cancer, irinotecan (camptosar), is a slightly modified form of a compound originally found in the bark of the "happy tree" (camptotheca) which grows in southern china. Other effective treatments are special purified antibodies (which are part of our immune system). One class of these antibodies attack specific changes in the cancer cells that distinguish them from normal cells and can stop the cancer cells from growing so fast. Another class of these antibodies help stop the cancer cells from hijacking the normal body to build new blood vessels to feed the cancer. More information can be found via the links below. I wish you or your loved on the best in their struggle with colon cancer.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for me to tell if I have colon cancer!?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
No: At your young age, colon cancer is unlikely. There are little or no symptoms from colon cancer. Late colon cancer can cause bowel changes, bowel obstruction, slow blood loss anemia, etc. See your doctor for an examination to discuss your concerns.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

How can you tell the difference between hemmorhoids and colon cancer? Even though the symptoms are very similar, what are the major differences?

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Dr. Donny Peterson
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Colonoscopy & biopsy: Hemorrhoids are abnormally enlarged veins at the anus that can flare secondary to constipation, diarrhea, straining, dehydration, pregnancy, being overweight, and several other conditions. Colon cancer would be unusual in an 18 year old; most are detected after age 50. Symptoms may not be present in early cases, but can include blood in stool, obstruction, weight loss, or an abdominal mass.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Is there any cure for stage IV colon cancer?

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Dr. Stephen Jarrard
General Surgery 21 years experience
Cancer management: Short of a miracle (always possible), there is no 'cure' of stage IV colon cancer by man. However, management of the symptoms and sequelae can increase your quality and enjoyment of life, and increase disease free intervals so that you might have more 'good days.' i cannot stress enough the importance of rest, proper nutrition, positive outlook and attitude, and surround with supportive people!
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for late stage colon cancer be cured?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Stage 4?: If by late you mean stage 4 (metastatic), the answer is: possible but unlikely. If the number of metastases is limited and the patient is in good shape, he/she could be treated aggressively with surgery and chemo (maybe even radiotherapy) and some of those, God willing, can be cured. I have seen a few of such patients and I'm sure my colleagues here have too. Best wishes.

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