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Abdominal Water Retention Colon Cancer
Unreliable: Specialized cts that are designed to identify colon cancers (ct colonography) are available, but require a specific bowel prep and regimen to be effective. Routine ct scans will miss many small colon cancers that colonoscopy will find--colonoscopy remains the gold-standard. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Not always: Unless the cancer lesion is fairly large, colon cancer is not commonly seen on a ct scan. Colonoscopy is the best test for colon cancer. Some places have the ability to perform a specialized ct colonography x-ray exam that may see lesions about 1 cm or larger. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not best test.: While abdominal MRI can show signal changes as a result of colon cancer, if the tumor / polyp is small, or in a fold, then there's a high probability of missing it. CT colonography is a better test, but has limitations. The BEST test is a colonoscopy (by an experienced Gastroenterologist). In fact, colonoscopy is used to SCREEN for colon cancer in high-risk populations. TTYD or use HealthTap Prime ...Read more
Hi can an abdominal ultrasound check for colon cancer spread? And if its normal dies that mean ca is confined to colon?
At your age: Risks for cancer are very low. There is no specific feeling for stomach or colon cancer. Advanced disease can gave various pains ; weight loss, but very unlikely at your age. I note you are already on high dose narcorics that can cause abdominal bloating, discomfort ; constipation. See a gastroenterologist for consultation. ...Read more
Not generally: Colon cancer usually does not cause any symptoms until it obstructs, bleeds or perforates. A contained perforation causes pain, but is not characterized as burning, more likely as a constant sharp pain. If you are concerned about abdominal pain, you need to see your physician asap. ...Read more
I have been having some dull aches in my lower abdomen and just feeling malaise lately. Chance this is colon cancer? Male age 20.
Very small chance...: ...Given that you're 20 years old, but nothing's impossible. You may want to review the many healthtap answers regarding causes ; cures for lower abdominal discomfort, but your best reassurance will come from your doctor after appropriate exam ; tests prove unremarkable. Be well--. ...Read more
Feeling a little nauseated, and my lower right abdomen feels a little stiff and tender. No other sx. Male 22. How likely is colon cancer?
Very unlikely.: The chance of this being colon cancer is almost nonexistent. However, in a young man with new onset right lower quadrant pain, the possibility of appendicitis must be considered. If your pain worsens or persists, or if any new symptoms develop, you should see your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Potentially: it could show up on CT if large enough, but small tumors may not be visualized. ...Read more
Please explain why does the doctor not let my dad drink water after his colon cancer removal surgery?
Ileus: After abdominal surgery, especially for colon, the combination of handling the intestines, and surgery itself leads to "bowels going to sleep" which means that they do not move in a coordinated fashion. It takes several days for the bowels to "wake up" and if you give patients food while the bowels are asleep they can become distended and vomit. Usually we wait until the patient passes gas. ...Read more
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