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If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

Bag is rarely needed: Colostomy( external bag ) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery. It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery. ...Read more

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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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Are there any alternatives to chemotherapy treatment for metastic colon cancer?

Are there any alternatives to chemotherapy treatment for metastic colon cancer?

Yes: While chemo like FOLFOX is transiently effective, more immunotherapeutic agents are showing good responses. Avastin (bevacizumab) a vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor and Erbitux effecting epidermal growth factor 1 are working well as is the newer Neo-102 against the immunogenic protein. Chemo in conjuction with the biologics (immunochemo) is the best combo. ...Read more

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Why are treatments for colon cancer performed every other week?

Why are treatments for colon cancer performed every other week?

Prevent toxicity: Following surgery of a colon cancer malignancy, if lesion had spread to regional nodes or further, adjuvant chemotherapy is given to prevent recurrence or handle an unresectable metastatic process. Drug combinations such as FOLFOX are used but do produce toxicity such as marked lowering of blood count. To allow stabilization of red and white cells a break in delivery such as q2 wks are employed. ...Read more

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What are some alternate colon cancer treatments?

What are some alternate colon cancer treatments?

Complementary: If you have colorectal cancer, you are going to need surgery if you hope for a cure. Radiation and chemotherapy may be appropriate. If you opt to forego evidence-based treatment in favor of some slick promotion, you will die miserably of your cancer and hating the people who suckered you. By contrast, complementary (mental, physical, spiritual) treatments are very much worth learning about now. ...Read more

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Diagnosed colon cancer today.What are the treatments for.

Diagnosed colon cancer today.What are the treatments for.

It depends: On the stage of colon cancer. Early stage is usually treated with surgery alone or followed by adjuvant chemotherapy if justified based on certain tumor features. Metastatic disease is usually treated with chemotherapy with or without surgery based on clinical presentation and extent of metastasis. An oncologist can help you in determining the next treatment modality. ...Read more

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What are treatments for stage 2 colon cancer?

What are treatments for stage 2 colon cancer?

Surgery...: If prevention and early detection efforts have failed, and colon cancer results, then surgical removal of the cancer is the primary treatment step. Assuming the tumor has not invaded through the GI tract, then surgery may be considered curative. Adjuvant treatments can be offered appropriate to pre- and post-operative assessments. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for stage 3 colon cancer ?

What is the treatment for stage 3 colon cancer
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Surgery and ? chemo: The first step is to remove the tumor and lymph nodes to see if tumor has spread to these. Since you know it is stage iii this must have already be done. We know in patients with the disease spread to nodes around the tumor, it is more likely to recurr. The addition of chemotx reduces this risk. Talk to an oncologist about the risks and benefits of the chemo. Most patients should recieve it. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for hereditary colon cancer?

What is the treatment for hereditary colon cancer?

Depends: There are a number of inherited defects that may lead to colon cancer. In some cases, e.g. Apc, a prophylactic colectomy is advisable. In most cases the treatment is the same as for sporadic cancer. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for colon cancer stage 4?

What is a good treatment for colon cancer stage 4?

Chemo: Stage 4 colon Ca best handled by assuring that the primary is removed so other sites of spread don't appear. Systemic chemo then used for primary control but if lesions are in one area such as liver or lung, those sites approached if lesions small and resectable. If liver lesions get numerous then chemo embolization or Yt microspheres used. Thorascopic resection employed with some lung lesions. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for colon cancer stage 4?

What is a good treatment for colon cancer stage 4?

Well: Well, Across the board, Stage IV colon cancer is not a good thing to have. Statistically, the main survival with chemotherapy is about 2-3 years unfortunately. I have patients that are alive and relatively well on palliative chemotherapy after many more years. Every case is different and many options exists depending upon where the metastasis is located at. Usually Chemotherapy is the main treatme ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more


Dr. James Chapman
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more