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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is there a connection between metastatic colon cancer and difficulty walking?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Keyur Mehta
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Can be serious: Metastatic colon cancer often involves the bones, including the vertebrae that protect the spinal cord and provide support to your body. If you are having difficulty walking, the worst case scenario is having a metastatic lesion involve a vertebral body, and possibly causing nerve damage by compressing the spinal cord. As this can be very serious, you should consult your oncologist immediately.
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Perhaps: Metastatic colon cancer can go to the brain or spine and thus cause difficulty walking, but it, or the treatment for it, can also cause electrolyte disturbances that can affect your brain, balance as well. So if it is happening to you or yours, call your doctor please.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What exactly is metastatic colon cancer?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brittany Chan
Dr. Brittany Chananswered
Pediatrics 11 years experience
Cancer that spread: Metastatic means that the colon cancer has spread to other parts of your body. This can happen when the cells get into your blood or the lymph system and travel to other places. Cancer cells can also spread to nearby tissue or organs via direct contact. The most common places for colon cancer to spread to are: lymph nodes, liver, lungs, and the peritoneum (a membrane in your abdominal cavity).
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