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I have some chrpe behind one of my eyes and was told there is a link with colon cancer. I have heard and read mixed things on the subject?

I have some chrpe behind one of my eyes and was told there is a link with colon cancer. I have heard and read mixed things on the subject?

Possible: This is a benign problem in the eye. It can be associated with fap a familial risk for colon cancer. You can review this condition and family history and discuss with your doctor to determine if you should be evaluated further. ...Read more

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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I've got in my head that I have colon cancer, but GI says he doesn't feel lump I feel in rectaum?

I've got in my head that I have colon cancer, but GI says he doesn't feel lump I feel in rectaum?

Get another opinion: If you are not satisfied with one doctor's opinion, you are entitled to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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My appetite has been lacking lately im 22 and don't smoke and. No family history of colon cancer what are odds I have cc? Is.It all in my head im scared

My appetite has been lacking lately im 22 and don't smoke and. No family history of colon cancer what are odds I have cc? Is.It all in my head im scared

Very unlikely...: At 22 you have a very low likelihood of having colon cancer. Other causes for lack of appetite such as depression, anorexia, flu/cold, among many others would be thought of first. That being said, a sudden and unexplained lack of appetite should be worked-up. Please see your health care provider. ...Read more

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My mom (age 60) stg 4 colon cancer survivor. Struggling a week with foggy head, disorientation, confusion, unsteadiness walking...Antibiotic for sinus?

My mom (age 60) stg 4 colon cancer survivor. Struggling a week with foggy head, disorientation, confusion, unsteadiness walking...Antibiotic for sinus?

Consult her oncologi: Her oncologist needs to know about this new development. Cancer can spread to brain and cause symptoms like the ones you have described. It can also be due to metabolic derangements which can occur due to her cancer. So an urgent visit and further evaluation is advised. ...Read more

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Can the rectal exam find colon cancer?

Can the rectal exam find colon cancer?

Only: ..If it is low in the rectum and palpable to the finger. Also, if it's causing bleeding, the doctor may do an occult blood test during the rectal exam which if positive, may lead to the discovery of cancer later. Not a great screening test, though. ...Read more

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How is a digital rectal exam done to detect colon cancer?

How is a digital rectal exam done to detect colon cancer?

May not: A digital rectal examination can only test as far a finger will go into the rectum. A finger inserted through the anus cannot reach colon, therefore a digital rectal examination cannot detect colon cancer. However, rectum is part of the colon and a common site for cancer and a digital rectal exam is useful. Colonoscopy remains the gold standard for detecting colon cancer. ...Read more

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What can a doctor's rectal exam tell me about my risk for colon cancer?

What can a doctor's rectal exam tell me about my risk for colon cancer?

Screening tool: On rare occasion a low lying rectal cancer can be detected on the exam by feeling it. Most often stool is sampled and analyzed for traces of blood. If blood is found then the doctor can check for hemorrhoids and may recommend a colonoscopy to find out if there is a specific cause such as a polyp or a cancer or diverticulosis. ...Read more

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

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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Been having thin/narrow stools. Clear rectal exam by gp/no blood in stool. Should I fear colon cancer? I'm 39 &had adenocarcinoma insitu of cervix 4yrago

Been having thin/narrow stools. Clear rectal exam by gp/no blood in stool. Should I fear colon cancer? I'm 39 &had adenocarcinoma insitu of cervix 4yrago

Possible lesion: In situ adeno unrelated unless some for of radiation employed that could narrow distal bowel. Narrowing of stool suggests that there is some constriction of bowel causing a narrowing of the lumen and thus the stool. Blood does not have to be present but relying on a gp rectal not satisfactory. Sigmoidoscopy at a minimum and colonoscopy more accepted for this problem. ...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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My dad had colon cancer in his 60s should I have one now im 47 also I don't do well with anastesia during surgery will they be able to put me to sleep?

My dad had colon cancer in his 60s should I have one now im 47 also I don't do well with anastesia during surgery will they be able to put me to sleep?

Do colonoscopy/seeDr: You should get a colonoscopy starting at age 50 according to the american cancer society "guidelines for the early detection of cancer" recommendation (s). For you, you should get it now due to your family history. If you have a problem with anesthesia, let your doctor know and incorporate this in your/your doctor's preparation for colonoscopy. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Is in case of colon cancer with liver metastases (and during chemoth) recommended a specific diet? Are there any anti cancer food? What about turmeric

Is in case of colon cancer with liver metastases (and during chemoth) recommended a specific diet? Are there any anti cancer food? What about turmeric

Not really.: It all depends on the symptoms. Chemo can affect the taste, alter your bowel habits, and decrease appetite. The goal is to stay well hydrated. High fiber diet may help with both constipation or diarrhea. There is no specific "anti cancer"diet that you can go on. No significant data available to support turmeric in the foods. ...Read more

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Brown thin liquid leaking from anus during the day. Not in large quantity? Is this related to colon cancer? What could cause this?

Could be abscess: If you have perianal pain and brownish drainage, you could have an anal fistula or a perirectal abscess. You should be seen by a general or colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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During radiation for colon cancer, there was a wall thickening of the bladder, but the doctor told my husband that there's nothing to worry. What could?

During radiation for colon cancer, there was a wall thickening of the bladder, but the doctor told my husband that there's nothing to worry. What could?

Depends: Bladder thickening may be nothing but should probably be investigated further. A few details would help:
what was the stage and location of the colon cancer?
What kind of surgery did he have?
If it was rectal cancer (most likely since he got radiation) did he also get chemotherapy and was it given with radiation, after surgery, before surgery or all?
Does he have any urinary bleeding or burning? ...Read more

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20 mm polyp removed during colonoscopy. Likelihood of cancer. Family history of colon cancer.

20 mm polyp removed during colonoscopy. Likelihood of cancer. Family history of colon cancer.

Need more: Information. The type of polyp.who in your family has colon CA, the age of diagnosis and your age ...Read more

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Colon cancer, bleeding mass, havng cath/stent/bypass. Risk of hemorrhage/complications from thinners during/after procedures? No CAD symptom, pos tgxt

Colon cancer, bleeding mass, havng cath/stent/bypass. Risk of hemorrhage/complications from thinners during/after procedures? No CAD symptom, pos tgxt

Too complicated...: To address in this forum. You need to ask these questions of your team of docs-your primary doc and whichever secondary docs you have: gi, surgeon, cardiologist, interventional cardiologist, cardiac surgeon, . ...Read more

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Do I need CT scan or only blood test for stage 2 colon cancer during my follow up every 3 month for the first year? (no chemo after surgery)

Do I need CT scan or only blood test for stage 2 colon cancer during my follow up every 3 month for the first year? (no chemo after surgery)

Probably Blood test: You did not have chemotherapy, you do not have lymph node spread in you stage, curative resection was done, you CEA levels will be normal, end of the yea rwill elide, pet scan is a better modality to detect metastasis. You very good chance of being cured but require colonoscopic examinations. ...Read more

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Can colon cancer be detected on a CT scan?

Can colon cancer be detected on a CT scan?

Yes: However usually advanced colon cancers are the ones that can be picked up. Virtual CT colonography is an improved image, however the best way to definitely diagnose colon cancer is with a regular colonoscopy. let me know if you have further questions ...Read more

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How long can I live with colon cancer?

How long can I live with colon cancer?

Depends on stage etc: Will depend on the stage, age, respond to therapy, other biomarkers /prognostic markers/ biology of the cancer, your overall condition etc. According to the seer- 5 year survival rate for localized (confined to primary site) is 89.9%; with regional (spread to regional lymph nodes) - is about 69.6% and with distant (cancer has metastasized) is about11.9%. Discuss in detail with oncologist. ...Read more

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How long does colon cancer take to grow?

Varies. ~10yrs: In general, we think about 10 years. Hence the "standard" colon screening recommendation (by colonoscopy) of every 10 years if the colon is well prepped and without pre-cancerous polyps. Colon cancer can grow faster especially in some familial syndromes. Individuals with polyps may and likely do need more frequent followup. Recs individualized by the GI physician. ...Read more

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How long does it take colon cancer to spread?

How long does it take colon cancer to spread?

Variable.: It depends on the level of aggressiveness of the cancer cell which is extremely variable. Please check out www. Michaelsmission. Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. ...Read more

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How long does it take a colon cancer to grow?

How long does it take a colon cancer to grow?

Roughly one year: The immunogenic tumor protein, a post translational modification of MUC5ac is found in most colon Ca. When polyoma enters bowel to form a field effect, one site will develop a Ca. If resected and premalignant normal appearing cells which express MUC 5ac are left behind, suppression is eliminated and one of the foci, staining + for MUC5ac will grow and replace anastomosis in about 1 yr. ...Read more

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What do you mean by low grade in colon cancer?

What do you mean by low grade in colon cancer?

Tumor cell growth: Pathologist will predict the out come by criteria by grading high or low the cancer cell growth, fast growing rapidly dividing, poorly differentiated cell not even resemble the tissue, has several cancer cells in the field etc will have poor prognosis, reverse is in slow growing low grade tumor will have better prognosis. ...Read more

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Are some people more likely to get colon cancer?

Are some people more likely to get colon cancer?

Yes: Personal hx colon cancer or polyps or breast cancer, family history of colon/rectal cancer or polyps, inflammatory bowel disease and age over 50 are all factors that increase one's risk for development of colon cancer. If in doubt, check it out! ...Read more

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Is colon cancer common in young men 22 years old?

Is colon cancer common in young men 22 years old?

Not usaually: Colon cancer is not common before age 50 unless you have a strong family history of early colon cancers. ...Read more

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What is the incidence of colon cancer per age group?

What is the incidence of colon cancer per age group?

Mostly: Occurs after age 50, when screening colonoscopy is recommended. Rarely occurs at your age of 22 as previously discussed here. ...Read more

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How fast would colon cancer grow in a 62 year old man?

How fast would colon cancer grow in a 62 year old man?

Variable: It depends more on the cell type of the cancer than the person's age. Usually colon cancers grow fairly slowly, but some can have a more aggressive cell type. ...Read more

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Do you get any symptoms of colon cancer before it's too late?

Do you get any symptoms of colon cancer before it's too late?

Yes, sometimes: Symptoms include bleeding, change in bowel habits, unexplained weight loss. However, colon cancer can occur without symptoms. That s why sceening colonoscopy in asymptomatic patients is warranted. ...Read more

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Help please! Could colon cancer develop in four or five years?

A pre-: Cancerous polyp can convert to a cancer in 4-5 years which is why people with a history of multiple polyps should get colonoscopy more often than every 10 years. ...Read more

Dr. David Chandler
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Eye Exam (Definition)

An eye exam consists of checking the vision. If this is not normal a manifest refraction is done to determine if any glasses are needed. This is the test where the patient is asked which lens is better number one or two. Then the health of the eye is evaluated with a microscope called a slit lamp. To be able to see the back of the eye, the retina, ...Read more


Dr. Janice Alexander
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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