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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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What is a colostomy, and why do so many people need them after colon cancer surgery?

What is a colostomy, and why do so many people need them after colon cancer surgery?

Colostomy: A colostomy is the end of the colon brought through the abdominal wall and attached to the skin. A "bag" is placed over this to collect the stool. It is a possibility for rectal cancer, not typically needed for colon cancer. It is not really that common but is needed it the cancer involves the anal sphincters. ...Read more

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How often should I have CT scan after colon cancer surgery for the first year?

How often should I have CT scan after colon cancer surgery for the first year?

Depends on stage: Depends on need for it, by clinical examination, blood tests, CEA levels, to detect metastasis pet scan is a much better tool. ...Read more

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Life expectancy of previously never sick, active healthy 67 year old after colon cancer surgery +12 rounds chemo, 6 months later spread to liver&lung?

Life expectancy of previously never sick, active healthy 67 year old after colon cancer surgery +12 rounds chemo, 6 months later spread to liver&lung?

Your best bet: Is to review a question like this with your medical oncologist. There are many different factors that contribute to survival statistics and you want to make sure you're being provided with accurate information. This requires a more complete understanding of your medical/oncologic history. ...Read more

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My wife is having skin rashes/irritation since last 2-3 months. She had recently under gone colon cancer surgery. The skin rashes are still continue.

My wife is having skin rashes/irritation since last 2-3 months. She had recently under gone colon cancer surgery. The skin rashes are still continue.

Post-op Rash: Depending if the rash is local to the colon surgery site or more generalized around her body would mean different things. Also radiation and chemotherapies also produce long term rash formations.

Long standing, chronic, recurring or changing rashes (color, size and pain are examples of changes) should probably be biopsied for a more definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is there a rough estimate range for the cost of the colon cancer surgery (tumor removal) in us?

Is there a rough estimate range for the cost of the colon cancer surgery (tumor removal) in us?

Surgery cost: The hospital bill depend on the type of colon cancer surgery. There is very little transparency in these fees. Most hospitals will give you an estimate if they know the surgeons procedure code. Open surgery is likely less expensive than laparoscopic or robotic surgery because the equipment charges are less. The most imporant thing is the quality of the surgeon, see if they can help. ...Read more

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Mom is having colon cancer surgery at age 63. How long before bowels move and she can eat?

Mom is having colon cancer surgery at age 63. How long before bowels move and she can eat?

Depends on recovery: After colon cancer surgery, most people are able to start an oral diet in 24-36 hours, are on a regular diet by postop day 4 or 5, and have a bowel movement by day 4 or 5 as well. Of course, there is a range of acceptable. Also, these approximate ranges can vary significantly in complicated situations. Best of luck to your mother; she has a good advocate in you. ...Read more

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Stomach pain after 2 months colon cancer surgery? Could it be my cancer is not cured?

Stomach pain after 2 months colon cancer surgery? Could it be my cancer is not cured?

Many things...: Can cause "stomach pain." many possibilities include viral flu, constipation, intestinal gas, gastritis, stomach ulcers, gallbladder, hernia, intestinal obstruction if vomiting, etc. You need to see your doctor or your surgeon for a physical examination and appropriate testing to be able to tell what you may have. I also do not know the type & stage of your previous cancer for possible risks. ...Read more

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What laboratory exams are typically ordered to follow a year (s) after a successful colon cancer surgery?

Generally: Depending on a patient's overall health, once or twice yearly physical examination, basic blood tests, maybe yearly colonoscopy. Blood CEA testing sometimes. Also depends on the stage & grade of the cancer at the time of diagnosis. X- ray or ct scan not a routine usually unless there are clinical concerns. ...Read more

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Does chemo radiation kills the remaining cancerous cells of a T4 colon cancer? Surgery has been done and also how to know if there are stillcancercel

Does chemo radiation kills the remaining cancerous cells of a T4 colon cancer? Surgery has been done and also how to know if there are stillcancercel

Maybe: The hope and rationale for chemo radiation is to kill the remaining cells. The only proof of efficacy is with followup imaging and tumor marker studies (cea). ...Read more

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In the past 4 months, a family member has had colon cancer surgery, a permanent catheter, chemo, a severe UTI and 3 hospitalizations. Is it appropriate to diagnose him/her at age 83 with dementia when he/she has never forgotten a friend or family member's

In the past 4 months, a family member has had colon cancer surgery, a permanent catheter, chemo, a severe UTI and 3 hospitalizations. Is it appropriate to diagnose him/her at age 83 with dementia when he/she has never forgotten a friend or family member's

Probably not: When chronically ill, someone can at least temporarily lose cognitive functions they previously had, or have dysfunction in memory, concentration, judgment, etc. With what your relative has been experiencing it's possible his/her mental functioning could be impacted (delirium). This is treated by addressing the underlying medical causes, and hopefully previous functioning will return. ...Read more

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Please help! What happens during colon cancer surgery?

Please help! What happens during colon cancer surgery?

Surgery: Colon cancer surgery would be done under full general anesthesia. Open or laparoscopic surgery can be 2 options. The offending part of the colon and nearby lymph nodes are removed. Most often the colon is then connected back together. Less often a colostomy is needed. Discuss with the operating surgeon to get more specific details. ...Read more

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What to expect after a colon cancer surgery stage 1?

Prognosis is good: Generally, after proper cancer surgery for stage I colon cancer, the prognosis is good and no adjuvant therapies are needed. ...Read more

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What's the standard treatment of post op adhesions which causes obstruction in the small intestines after a sigmoid colon cancer surgery?

What's the standard treatment of post op adhesions which causes obstruction in the small intestines after a sigmoid colon cancer surgery?

None: There is no rx for adhesions themselves. If they cause a bowel obstruction then that will be treated with a tube through the nose to decompress the bowel and no food for a few days. If that doesn't work then surgery may be required. ...Read more

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Following colon cancer surgery, is it safe to undergo chemo treatments when the liver isn't 100% healthy? Liver damaged slightly due to past drinking, no alcohol consumed for over 25 years now. Always healthy and strong. Exercise and healthy diet always.

Following colon cancer surgery, is it safe to undergo chemo treatments when the liver isn't 100% healthy? Liver damaged slightly due to past drinking, no alcohol consumed for over 25 years now. Always healthy and strong. Exercise and healthy diet always.

Probably yes: Chemotherapy for colon cancer is typically a regime abbreviated to folfox. There is an agent which has some liver toxicity but is generally safe. You will be closely monitored while on chemotherapy. And the oncologist will take into account your liver function and history before stsrting therapy. ...Read more

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I had a colon resection surgery one year ago diagnosed stage 1 colon cancer. I still have bouts of chronic diarrhea. Is this due to the surgery?

I had a colon resection surgery one year ago diagnosed stage 1 colon cancer. I still have bouts of chronic diarrhea. Is this due to the surgery?

What part gone?: Removing the right colon and valve that separates the small bowel from colon sets the stage for bacterial contamination of the small bowel, which leads to diarrhea commonly-can be treated, with good success. Can try a probiotic, e.g. Florastor, and call your doc. Sometimes antibiotic rx needed to reestablish normal balance. If large amount of bowel removed (any location) can give diarrhea. ...Read more

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I had colon cancer 5 years ago. I had to undergo 4 surgeries due to leaking after resection. No colon left except rectum. I have diarrhea 8-10 times daily. Other than the obvious inconvenience, are there any health issues to worry about?

I had colon cancer 5 years ago. I had to undergo 4 surgeries due to leaking after resection. No colon left except rectum. I have diarrhea 8-10 times daily. Other than the obvious inconvenience, are there any health issues to worry about?

Recurrence: Congratulations! You should follow up regularly with your cancer team to make sure you do not develop any evidence of recurrence from you colon cancer. Also, talk to your oncologist about screening for other common malignancies like breast cancer, melanoma, cervical cancer, etc. Otherwise, keep trim and exercise to reduce the risk of stroke, obesity and heart disease. ...Read more

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I've had diarrhea for about6-7 weeks. And ive seen dark brown & red in my stool which I hope is undigested food. Do you think I have ibs or colon cancer?

I've had diarrhea for about6-7 weeks. And ive seen dark brown & red in my stool which I hope is undigested food. Do you think I have ibs or colon cancer?

IBS?: 6-7 weeks of problems with your stool strongly suggests you must see your primary doctor. If there is a wait to get an appointment, a visit to the nearest Emergency facility would be a good move. ...Read more

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Is constant diarrhea or constipation a symptom of colon cancer or IBS. What is one alarming sign of colon cancer. Thanks?

Is constant diarrhea or constipation a symptom of colon cancer or IBS. What is one alarming sign of colon cancer. Thanks?

Cancer is rare...: These are not typical presenting symptoms of colorectal cancer but could be seen in cancer patients in some cases. On the other hand these ARE common IBS symptoms. An easy way to reassure yourself is see a surgeon or GI doc who will be able to examen you and do some tests including a colonoscopy which. They can set your mind to rest. Feel better soon ...Read more

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I'm having chronic diarrhea. What are the chances that this is colon cancer at age 30 years old?

I'm having chronic diarrhea. What are the chances that this is colon cancer at age 30 years old?

Low: The chances are low.

Yet this does not mean that you should not discuss with your primary care physician or GI specialist in further detail. There are certain clues in a history we use to determine a risk profile.

This can only be ascertained in a face to face discussion. This forum is subpar for this type of discussion. ...Read more

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I have colon cancer and am on chemotherapy, diarrhea, and now hemorroids, what can I do to help?  

I have colon cancer and am on chemotherapy, diarrhea, and now hemorroids, what can I do to help?  

Medication: Check with your medical oncologist for advice and that these are the side effects of your chemotherapy. You can take over the counter medication. Immodium or kaopectate for diarrhea and or a low fiber diet. Topical ointments or suppositories for your hemmorhoids. Try annusol or tucks (witch hazel) or preparation h. There are other meds and also prescription medications as well. ...Read more

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What is the reason behind (diarrhea followed by constipation) like in case of colon cancer?

What is the reason behind (diarrhea followed by constipation) like in case of colon cancer?

Partial obstruction: When the colon gets partially blocked (as in some cancers) stool can back up and constipation occurs. When constipation is longstanding, liquid stool moves around the blockage. This is called post obstructive diarrhea. Constipation appears to follow the diarrhea but was really there to begin with. In these cases a full workup and a gentle clean out is required. Visit your doctor for both. ...Read more

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Which is the main symptom of rectal/colon cancer? Constipate or diarrhea? Or both? I got a constipation fir 4 months already but no diarrhea

Which is the main symptom of rectal/colon cancer? Constipate or diarrhea? Or both? I got a constipation fir 4 months already but no diarrhea

Either: Rectal and colon cancer could be very serious and should not been taking lightly
you are 25 years old chance of cancer very low but not zero
you simply have a bad constipation you should not let yourself go for four month without proper treatment
eat more healthy food less junk eat more fruits and fibers drink a lot of water and take stool softener if you need it
see your doctor if not better. ...Read more

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I have a long family history of colon cancer, every bm is diarrhea, I'm losing weight and in severe pain, but I'm under 30. Could I have colon cancer?

Yes: Best to get these symptoms fully evaluated. You may need a colonoscopy for a definitive diagnosis. Although it is unusual for someone your age to have colon cancer, it is not impossible. Losing weight with severe pain means you need to know and not guess. Symptoms like these deserve a full evaluation in person by your health care provider. ...Read more

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My stool is hard in the morning and diarrhea in the evening but everyday the same ritual and sometimes just diarrheaish what can it be? Colon cancer?

My stool is hard in the morning and diarrhea in the evening but everyday the same ritual and sometimes just diarrheaish what can it be? Colon cancer?

Not likely: Colon cancer is always a possibility but is rather uncommon in your age group. Your symptoms suggest an irritable bowel like condition. Sometimes diet may play a role and a full review of your dietary habits including chewing gum, energy drinks, favorite foods and rituals, recreational drugs, etc will be required before making any further recommendations. Talk to your doc about your worries. ...Read more

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I have had bright red blood in stool recently and occasionally diarrhea. Do I have colon cancer?

I have had bright red blood in stool recently and occasionally diarrhea. Do I have colon cancer?

Probably not.: More common causes of blood in stool include hemorrhoids. It would be exceedingly rare for a 19 year old to have colon cancer. If the bleeding does not stop, see your physician. ...Read more

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Is diarrhea a symptom of colon cancer? In the past month I've had 3-4 acute diarrhea attacks, which is abnormal for me. No dietary changes either.

Is diarrhea a symptom of colon cancer? In the past month I've had 3-4 acute diarrhea attacks, which is abnormal for me. No dietary changes either.

Yes and no: Diarrhea can be a symptom of cancer, particularly if your stool appears black and tar like; but there are far more common and more likely causes of diarrhea in a 42 year old. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


Dr. Julie Abbott
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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