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What is the difference between intestinal cancer and colon cancer?

What is the difference between intestinal cancer and colon cancer?

Specific site: Intestinal cancer can mean any type of cancer affecting any portion of the intestines (from the small intestine to the large intestine).
Colon cancer affects the large intestine only. ...Read more

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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What is the difference between a colon cancer and intestinal cancer?

What is the difference between a colon cancer and intestinal cancer?

Location, Incidence: Colon cancer arises from a site involving the large intestine commonly called the colon (ascending, transverse, descending, sigmoid). Intestinal cancer usually refers to small intestinal cancer that arises from the duodenum, jejunum or ileum. Colon cancer is much more common compared to cancer arising from the small intestines which is considered rare. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer differ from intestinal cancer?

How does colon cancer differ from intestinal cancer?

Colon more specific: The intestinal tract is composed of the small intestine, large intestine or colon, and rectum. Virtually all cancers of this system arise in the colon and rectum, with cancers of the small intestine exceedingly rare. Therefore, intestinal cancer generally refers to colon or rectal cancer, which is more anatomically specific. Adenocarcinoma is the most common type of cancer that occurs. ...Read more

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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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How are colon cancer and intestinal cancer different?

How are colon cancer and intestinal cancer different?

Can be the same: The intestines are a group of structures including stomach, small intestine and large intestine (which is the colon). Cancers can form in any of these sites, but large intestine (colon) cancer is most common. So colon cancer is a type of intestinal cancer. ...Read more

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What is the difference between colon cancer and irritable bowel syndrome?

What is the difference between colon cancer and irritable bowel syndrome?

IBS has no lesion: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or spastic colon is characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits. Including Diarrhea or constipation. Compared to colon canceer which can present with similar features IBS has no specific lesion causing the symptoms. It has been theorised that abnormalities in GUT flora (microbiome) result in inflammation and altered bowel function. Any bowel lesion causing the symptoms can be identified on colonoscopy ...Read more

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How to tell if I have intestinal/colon cancer?

How to tell if I have intestinal/colon cancer?

Colonoscopy ; biopsy: If you are concerned about possible colon cancer, see a physician. He/she will take a history and perform a physical examination. If you have a concerning history/symptoms or physical/lab findings, then the physician may refer you for a test called colonoscopy in which a scope is passed through the length of the colon and the entire colon is visualized. Biopsies can be performed if needed. ...Read more

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Is intestinal obstruction an early symptom of colon cancer?

Is intestinal obstruction an early symptom of colon cancer?

No: This is more commonly a late symptom of colon cancer. It is almost impossible to obstruct for right sided colon cancer. Intestinal obstruction can presnet with a changes in bowel habits or constipation. ...Read more

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Is intestinal obstruction a symptom of colon cancer?

Is intestinal obstruction a symptom of colon cancer?

All too often: It is not uncommon for colon cancers to not cause symptoms until they reach a size sufficient to block the lumen of the colon; at this point, people will typically present with cramping abdominal pain, severe bloating, and vomiting. These findings often indicate an advanced cancer that may require emergency surgery (+/-stent). The goal of screening is to find cancers before any symptoms develop. ...Read more

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I've been having really bad intestinal pain since april last year 2013, so approx. 9 months, if I had colon cancer, would I be dead by now?

I've been having really bad intestinal pain since april last year 2013, so approx. 9 months, if I had colon cancer, would I be dead by now?

Not necessarily: Dead but probably metastatic disease. At your age, colon cancer is uncommon unless you have ulcerative colitis or familial polyposis. Best to get opinion from your doctor though. ...Read more

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Colon cancer spread to small intestine, what do you suggest?

Colon cancer spread to small intestine, what do you suggest?

Depends: Did it grow directly into the small bowel or spread as a metastasis? In one or in many places? Was it just diagnosed or is it a late recurrence? Any previous chemo? What's the patient's general health? The patient's oncologist should be able to weigh all the options and come up with a treatment plan. If this is about you, best wishes. ...Read more

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Colon cancer spread to small intestine, what are the most aggressive options when this happens?

Discuss with onc: You should discuss with your oncologist. Additional information is needed- i.e. presence of lymph nodes and other distance organ/s involvement. Where is the location of the colon cancer and what part of the small intestine involved? Important to get the right staging and check the biology of the cancer to guide treatment. If able to get surgery- most aggressive would be surgery then chemo/ ...Read more

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My husband had stage one colon cancer doc has removed most of his colon and intestine does have a bag how long will he live?

My husband had stage one colon cancer doc has removed most of his colon and intestine does have a bag how long will he live?

Good Prognosis: Stage I colon cancer means it is localized cancer confined to bowel wall, no lymph node spread, survival rate o f90%., do no worry and have regular check ups including endoscopy. ...Read more

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My colon cancer spread to small intestine help, what treatments are available?

My colon cancer spread to small intestine help, what treatments are available?

Surgery, if possible: If surgical resection is possible, proceed after a pet/ct scan to evaluate all possible sites of recurrence. Chemo +/- radiation might also might appropriate depending upon the site and extensiveness of disease. ...Read more

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Does a intestinal or colon cancer show in a blood test thru the WBC? And if there is no bleeding is it possible to be cancer?

Does a intestinal or colon cancer show in a blood test thru the WBC? And if there is no bleeding is it possible to be cancer?

No and yes: There is a blood test that we use in colon cancer, however it is not advised for screening.

There can be colon cancer without bleeding. Only 25% of colon cancers present with bleeding. ...Read more

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My mum has had colon cancer and my grandma (mums mum) had small intestine cancer. Are there steps I can take to prevent cancer myself?

My mum has had colon cancer and my grandma (mums mum) had small intestine cancer. Are there steps I can take to prevent cancer myself?

Heritable cancer: First it might be good to know which type of cancers they had-- i.e. if they truly were inherited by known pathways (polyposis, Lynch syndrome, etc.) Prevention would include healthy diet (high fiber, no nitrites, no alcohol, etc.) and appropriate screening at a possibly earlier age. Consulting with a pathologist/gastroenterologist or geneticist about the cancer pattern and path may be useful. ...Read more

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Persistent pain in abdomen for 6 month, around transverse colon and small intestine, worried could it be colon cancer?, r there other reasons for pain?

Persistent pain in abdomen for 6 month, around transverse colon and small intestine, worried could it be colon cancer?, r there other reasons for pain?

Colon cancer...: ...Seldom causes pain, ; would be unusual for an otherwise low risk gentleman in his 20's. There are lots of reasons for abdominal pain (see the many healthtap answers on the subject). However, the information you provided is insufficient to render a differential since we don't know the quality, timing, duration, severity of your symptoms, associations, nor the results of testing. Help us out--. ...Read more

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My doctor warned me of doing colonscopy as it would rupture my large intestine accidently Colon cancer is in the family and I want to check myself?

My doctor warned me of doing colonscopy as it would rupture my large intestine accidently Colon cancer is in the family and I want to check myself?

Can, but rare: At 26 to have a colonoscopy there are specific indications you don't have any symptoms, surveillance colonoscopy is done after the age of 40. Is a relatively safe procedure must be done by a trained physician Yes older members of your family are candidates for procedure ...Read more

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Sigmoid colon cancer removed surgically. After 10 days ultrasound impression is ' subacute small bowel intestinal obstruction and mild intraperitoneal free fluid collection. Is this common?

Sigmoid colon cancer removed surgically. After 10 days ultrasound impression is ' subacute small bowel intestinal obstruction and mild intraperitoneal free fluid collection. Is this common?

No, not common: Bowel obstruction can occur due to post op adhesions (uncommon) or tumor left behind (this will happen if the cancer was advanced/late stage. Your doctor will have to sort out which of these two possibilities apply to your case. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Cloud
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Intestinal Cancer (Definition)

Lesions of bowel, especially colon, now believed to arise in a field effect in the mucosa of the bowel, small and large. A virus such as polyoma enters the mucosa and begins tansformation first with gene alterations leading to immortality and then to normal appearing cells beginning to produce immunogenic protein. One focus transforms faster to result in a clinical lesion ...Read more


Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more