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Can A Blood Test Reveal Bowel Cancer
Yes/No: Blood tests may show a problem; however blood tests cannot diagnose bowel (eg colon) cancer. Low hemoglobin (anemia) may indicate bowel blood loss, but is not specific. Additionally, colon ca has a tumor marker cea that is useful after a diagnosis is made, but cannot diagnose by itself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No: Occult blood in stool suggests a point of bleeding from area near appendix across the colon to the rectum. This could be AV malformation, bleeding polyp, tumor, hemmorhoid or fissure. When blood is detected it has to be defined as to origin. Occassionally colonoscopy will reveal a lesion. Newer stool tests for tumor protein more accurate. ...Read more
I had a blood test done at my doctor and everything was normal. He said this means I probably don't have Colon cancer. Could I still have colon cancer?
FOBT is screen: Fobt is designed to test for blood in stool. Blood in stool may be due to any bleeding in the GI tract from the gums to the anus; and there are false positives also. If fobt is positive, colonoscopy is generally recommended to look of colon cancer. Fobt per se is not a diagnostic test for cancer, just blood in stool. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: A fecal occult test tests for blood in the stool. Colon cancer can be a cause but so can colon polyps, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcer and many other causes. Anyone with a positive fobt test should have further work up done to evaluate where the blood is coming from. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have stage 2 colon cancer and just had a colectomy the oncologist is performing an expensive blood test to see next steps what is this test?
Depends: A blood count may show anemia than can in turn be traced to a cancer anywhere in the GI tract. Also, if the cancer is advanced, tumor markers or liver enzyme tests may be abnormal. As a rule, blood tests are not good screening methods for cancer, it's mostly luck if they find cancer early. Good question, by the way. ...Read more
Not if early: A ct is not sensitive enough to find very small colon growths. There is a blood test the cea that is high in some cancers, but usually only when quite advanced and not specific to colon cancer. Now, a ct might suggest a colon cancer, however, colonoscopy is considered the gold standard for detecting colon growths. There is research into high definition ct but it is not considered a standard. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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