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Aspirin Treat Bowel Cancer
Prevention: No -- for primary treatment. Aspirin and drugs called cox-2 inhibitors (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs = nsaids) are being used and researched for the prevention of colon polyps and cancer in high risk by family history patients. They are also being used in clinical trials for secondary prevention after colon cancer treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Elderly patient with recurring gi bleeding and black stool. Is endo colonoscopy required to treat with ppi. Other options? Pepto bismo?
Risk Factor For: Depending on the extent of disease, after 10 -15 years of either ulcerative colitis or crohn's (newer data also links crohn's) - they are considered risk factors for disease. Individuals with long standing ibd are at increased risk for colon cancer and other illnesses. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What will be the cause for 29 years old girl diagnose for colon cancer? Colon abscess? Perforation? Diverticulitis? Stage 2a (t3nomo)
Hereditary: Abscesses, perforations, and diverticulitis are not known to cause colon cancer. Colon cancer in a young person may be due to an inherited cancer susceptibility problem like lynch (hnpcc) or gardner's (fap), especially if there is a family history. Genetic counseling and tests can be done to determine if there is a hereditary genetic predisposition. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do you recommend daily baby aspirin for colon and/or preventive for skin cancer issues if I'm 66, no heart issues, recent benign colon polyp? Thanks!
Polycythemia vera dx 2006. Take daily 81mg aspirin. Gastro believes it caused ulcer and inflammation in ilium. Any substitution for baby aspirin?
See hematologist: Polycythemia can now be treated with new disease-specific agents. Aspirin may reduce the risk of thrombosis, but does not reduce the red blood cell count. P. vera at age 27 is very rare. Have you been properly diagnosed? If you haven't seen a hematologist recently, you ought to. ...Read more
Stubborn weight problem meds are omeprazoe certirizine senna simvastatin have IBS and GERD had endometriosis hysterectomy no HRT due to cancer family ?
Metabolic problem: Many people that are overweight have a problem with their metabolism. If you are on all of these drugs, than there is a good chance that you have a metabolic problem underlying your weight gain. A few common imbalances include hypothyroid, low testosterone, low progesterone, high cortisol, high insulin, high estrogen, high leptin, low msh. You should see your doctor to check these out. ...Read more
10cm ulcerative sigmoid bowel tumor found, disease also in s.4&5 liver plus other areas - what options pse? Aflibercept?Massive surgery, stent?
There is good chemot: There is good chemo available. It is often comined with targeted drugs like Avastin (bevacizumab) and erbitux(cetuximab)depnding on the kras mutation status of the tumor. The results of chemoa re quite good, so go for it. Aflibercept is not a particualry good drug...Certainly no better than avastin (bevacizumab). ...Read more
Many: Gi anti-inflammatory ( 5-asa, mesalamine), steroids (prednisone, budesonide), immunosuppressants (azathioprine, cyclosporine) and biologics (infliximab) are the most common meds used for ibd. Depends on your symptoms and clinical response, combination treatment is common. You need to work closely with your doctor. ...Read more
Is there evidence Plavix (clopidogrel) ( Clopidogrel) causes more incidents of GI bleeding than Aspirin?
Also Have Diverticulitis .
Plavix (clopidogrel) bleeds more: Aspirin acts to prevent platelet adhesion and the mechanism for Plavix (clopidogrel) is through platelet also but different. Overall the incidence of bleeding would be greater with Plavix (clopidogrel). With diverticulosis, the bleeding occurs more likely (stretches the sac of colon) than diverticulITIS which is a complication of OSIS. ...Read more
Many options: 1. 5-asa medications (sulfasalazine, asacol, (mesalamine) pentasa) may work for mild ulcerative colitis (uc), but not crohn's disease. 2. Steroids work, but are only useful for short course because of side effects. 3. Azathioprine (imuran), 6-mp, Methotrexate are often effective, and reduce the need for steroids. 4. Remicade, Humira are often effective for crohn's, sometimes for uc. 5. Surgery if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?
Most important: is polyp removal through recommended colonoscopy screenings. The longer you have had UC/inflammatory bowel disease, and if more than 1/3 to 1/2 of your colon is involved, the greater your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Controlling bowel inflammation by complying with your medication regimen is likely to be preventive. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, obesity. Low fat/high fiber diet, NSAIDs +/- ...Read more
First treatments: Stage iii prostate cancer, when tumor is out side capsule, no noticeable lymph nodes, still amenable to treatments and must under go, then is supplements, healthy living fresh fruits, vegetables, antioxidants, vitamins etc must not neglect proven methods, surgery, or radiation, hormonal treatment, elderly just observation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1/4" diameter of mucus in stool 3X/wk, loose stools 1x/wk. severe health anxiety. Worried about Colon cancer. No family history. Cancer or IBS?
Hypochondrasis: I feel your distress about having Colon cancer. Relax about “No family history. Cancer or IBS” Feel good about lack of abdominal pain, bloody stools, diarrhea alternating with constipation, or severe constipation. Do not be victim of severe health anxiety, Be Captain of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. See a Psychiatrist for Therapy for anxiety due to stresses; coping skills and medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Modern ibd treatment is mostly medical. If you suffer from crohn's disease, you should consider surgery only for emergencies such as stricture, fistulization, abscess, and other major complications. However, if you have ulcerative colitis, you should consider surgery as an option as it can be curative. ...Read more
Risky choice: The 'holistic healers' that tout this option do so without any science and with very small numbers of patients successfully treated, making predictability of results questionable. Would recommend sticking to allopathic treatment options (chemo / radiation) from an oncologist, but could add as adjuvant option. More info here: http://cowurine.Com/index.Html. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can radioactive seed implants for prostate cancer cause complications like a vesiculorectal fistula?
RECTOURETHRAL: This is one of the most feared, and thankfully rare complications of radiation therapy, external or with seeds. It can occur also in response to treatments for radiation proctitis, when attempts are made to cautering bleeding vessels in the rectum near the prostate. This condition is to be distinguished from a fistula from colon to urinary bladder which is much easier to fix., . ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
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