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Can Colon Cancer Be Detected During An Eye Exam
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?
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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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
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
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
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
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
Will a colonoscopy detect anal cancer/mass as well colon cancer? Is the digital exam done before the colonoscopy is performed?
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
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
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
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
Brown thin liquid leaking from anus during the day. Not in large quantity? Is this related to colon cancer? What could cause this?
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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