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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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My friend has colon cancer and wears a colostomy bag. What can he do about a hernia that appeared below the stoma?

My friend has colon cancer and wears a colostomy bag. What can he do about a hernia that appeared below the stoma?

See a surgeon: Surgery may be indicated. Often it can be repaired laparoscopically. Unfortunately, there is still a high rate of recurrence after surgical repair. ...Read more

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Appendix, colon cancer and bdominal hernia mesh implant surgeries. Lots of scar tissue causing bowel blockages. Can anything be done about it?

Appendix, colon cancer and bdominal hernia mesh implant surgeries.  Lots of scar tissue causing bowel blockages.  Can anything be done about it?

Significant problem: There are no known medical treatments for adhesions. Once formed, there isn't medicine that can dissolve them. Symptomatic treatment with pain & anti-nausea meds may be helpful at controlling some symptoms. The main stay of treatment is surgical therapy called adhesiolysis or lysis of adhesions. Adhesions can be divided using laparoscopic techniques which may relieve your symptoms. ...Read more

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Appendix, colon cancer and abdominal hernia mesh implant scar tissue causing periodic bowel obstructions. Can anything be done about the scar tissue?

Appendix, colon cancer and abdominal hernia mesh implant scar tissue causing periodic bowel obstructions. Can anything be done about the scar tissue?

Yes: Imagine your intestines are like a rope in a bucket with glue poured over them. The glue would represent the scar tissue, and could be holding a single part of the intestine in a position that makes it prone to twist and intermittently obstruct. This can be released with an operation, best attempted laparoscopically (open causes comparatively more scar tissue). Can't remove scar tissue though. ...Read more

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I have a hiatal hernia 28f abdominal pain worse when stomache is pushed on weightloss. Loss of appetite also have fatty tumor in colon need answers?

I have a hiatal hernia 28f abdominal pain worse when stomache is pushed on weightloss. Loss of appetite also have fatty tumor in colon need answers?

Not enough info: Hiatal hernia and colonic fatty tumors called lipomas are common findings in healthy people. It would be uncommon for these to be the cause of your weight loss and tenderness. This should be discussed further with your doctor. ...Read more

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Haven't had solid bowl movement more than 8 months pain & feel mass upper abdomen weight gain dad has colon cancer & aunt has stomach cancer worried?

Haven't had solid bowl movement more than 8 months pain & feel mass upper abdomen weight gain dad has colon cancer & aunt has stomach cancer worried?

Lots of issues...: You're describing many systemic concerns, but its impossible to tell here if your symptoms are all due to organic/metabolic disease or even related. Granted, your family history is notable, ; may indicate lynch syndrome. A thorough history ; physical with some simple investigatory lab studies ; x-rays would be a great place to start in getting the answers, reassurance ;/or treatment you need. ...Read more

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Does having an adenomatus colonic polyp in one's late 20s indicate a significantly increased chance of colon cancer later in life?

Does having an adenomatus colonic polyp in one's late 20s indicate a significantly increased chance of colon cancer later in life?

Depends: On whether it is part of a genetic predisposition such as hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (hnpcc), or an isolated event and you never have another polyp. Your GI doc will recommend the appropriate follow-up to minimize the risk of cancer. ...Read more

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What is a "low residue" diet for diverticulitis, and will it increase my chances of getting colon cancer later in life?

What is a "low residue" diet for diverticulitis, and will it increase my chances of getting colon cancer later in life?

No: A low fiber diet is used to treat acute diverticulitis and is low in fiber foods such as grains, fruits, vegetables. It is only used for a finite period to allow healing of the inflammation. I high fiber diet is recommended for diverticulosi and may have protective features regarding colon cancer prevention. ...Read more

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Does having a number of benign polyps in the colon mean a larger chance of colon cancer?

Does having a number of benign polyps in the colon mean a larger chance of colon cancer?

Yes: Colon polyps predisposes to development of cancer, needs regular endoscopic removal and examination for cancer cells. Some of these polyp conditions runs in the family (familial adenomatous polyposis), then all the family members need to be examined march is colorectal cancer prevention month see your doctor. ...Read more

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I've heard basically a 22 yr olds chance of colon cancer is pretty much nil is this true? If so why? I only have a poor appetite that's not a specific symptom of colon cancer right? Please explain in detail

I've heard basically a 22 yr olds chance of colon cancer is pretty much nil is this true? If so why? I only have a poor appetite that's not a specific symptom of colon cancer right? Please explain in detail

You need a workup!: Colon cancer is rare indeed at age 22. So you need an evaluation for your poor appetite--many possibilities, would depend on a physical exam and other heath history. This sounds like a situation where you need a f2f visit! ...Read more

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What's the chance of colon cancer in males under 40?

What's the chance of colon cancer in males under 40?

Not common: Colon cancer is not common in men under 40 except in patients with a strong family history and those with inherited colon cancer syndromes such as lynch syndrome. ...Read more

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Does bright red blood with stool most likely mean colon cancer? My anus area feel itchy afterwards im 22 what are my realistic chance of colon cancer at 22? I have no family history

Does bright red blood with stool most likely mean colon cancer? My anus area feel itchy afterwards im 22 what are my realistic chance of colon cancer at 22? I have no family history

Need an exam: Colon cancer is less common at your age. Sounds more like ananal fissure. Try increasing fiber to avoid constipation. This will help if this is a hemorrhoid too. See your doctor if it continues. He/she can make a recommendation once a definitve diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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Chance of colon cancer? Age 44 female. Diangosis w/diverticulosis 3 mo ago after divertic attack. Ct showed moderate wall thickening and mod. Fat stranding with visualized diverticulum in the area of pericolonic inflamation. Remaining colon normal. Ct wa

Chance of colon cancer? Age 44 female. Diangosis w/diverticulosis 3 mo ago after divertic attack. Ct showed moderate wall thickening and mod. Fat stranding with visualized diverticulum in the area of pericolonic inflamation. Remaining colon normal. Ct wa

Need colonoscopy: Your history and ct study are classic for acute diverticulitis. Nevertheless, we always advise having a colonoscopy after your first episode of diverticulitis (well-after the episode resolves) since inflammatory bowel disease or even colon cancer can demonstrate comparable ct findings as described. ...Read more

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Hlthy 38yo guy-A lot blood on TP after straining to poop-dark poop-slight red water-anus painful. AB CAT scan in Aug ok. % of chance of colon cancer?

Hlthy 38yo guy-A lot blood on TP after straining to poop-dark poop-slight red water-anus painful. AB CAT scan in Aug ok. % of chance of colon cancer?

Hemorrhoids: Blood in stool probably bright red due to internal fissure or hemorrhoids. With previous exam and neg CAT scan one suspects rectal exam was neg and a very strong possibility no relationship to a tumor found. Proctoscopy should be performed and if neg. Followed by colonoscopy to pinpoint nature of bleed. ...Read more

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Narrow stools, 4 CT over three years, sigmoidoscopy normal, diverticulosis seen on CT scan. Chance of colon cancer?? Currently pregnant

Narrow stools, 4 CT over three years, sigmoidoscopy normal, diverticulosis seen on CT scan. Chance of colon cancer?? Currently pregnant

Narrow stools: Narrow stools are not necessarily a sign of colon cancer and nay be seen with scarring of the colon from prior episodes of diverticulitis. A negative sigmoidoscopy is reassuring in making cancer unlikely but a gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mother had colon cancer. What are the chances it will be passed on to me or my sibling?

Possible: Having a close family with colon cancer increases your chance of developing cancer yourself. Depending on the age that your mother was diagnosed, you may need to be screened for colon cancer earlier than usual. ...Read more

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Why does having had endometrial cancer increase risk of colon cancer? I have lynch syndrome but risk would be high anyway?

Why does having had endometrial cancer increase risk of colon cancer?  I have lynch syndrome but risk would be high anyway?

You have not had : Enough or appropriate genetic counseling with regard to Lynch syndrome 1 or 2, to which you are cecertainly entitled. Find out which laboratory tested you for confirmation, by demanding a copy of your laboratory report, to which you are entitled, which will provide you with the number for the Genetics Counselor at that laboratory. He/she will explain the significance to you and for your relatives. ...Read more

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With no family history of colon cancer and im 22 if I have poor appetite what is the chance it could be cause of colon cancer?

Highly unlikely: At your age, the most common cause of a poor appetite would be emotional, such as depression, anxiety, or tremendous stress. There are also medical conditions (like ulcers or bowel inflammation, problems in the pituitary, chronic infections or inflammations) that can decrease your appetite. Medications and drug use (like cocaine) can also cause a poor appetite. Please see your doctor to evaluate. ...Read more

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Green stools, little black dots in stool and also when I wipe. Scared this may be rectal/colon cancer at 18. What are the chances?

Green stools, little black dots in stool and also when I wipe. Scared this may be rectal/colon cancer at 18. What are the chances?

Unlikely to be signi: At your age and this is not likely to be colon cancer. It is likely something related to either your diet and/or some inflammatory disease of the bowel. Go see a gastroenterologist ...Read more

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What are my realistic chances of stomach or colon cancer at 22? I usually have a big appetite but today I couldn't finish eating a hamburger steak

Cancer unlikely: Losing your appetite or feeling full early just once today is unlikely to be cancer. At 22, your chances of other causes, such as a temporary stomach bug, gastritis or acid reflux, are much higher than your risk of cancer. Take it easy, avoid alcohol, tobacco, spicy and acidic foods (such as citrus & tomato) for the next few days, and if you don't feel back to yourself within a week, see your dr. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I had a 4mm sessile benign neoplasm of the cecum? Does this raise my risk of colon cancer? Does location matter? I'm only 42!

What does it mean if I had a 4mm sessile benign neoplasm of the cecum?  Does this raise my risk of colon cancer?  Does location matter?  I'm only 42!

Cecal neoplasm: What is the histology? Lipoma, mucocele, carcinoid. In general though individuals with lesions due have a higher propensity for cancer. You likely will need continued surveillance colonoscopy with evaluation of the cecum. The tumor that was identified was small and surveillance/monitoring will detect lesions before cancer occurs. F/u/ w/ gastroenterologist ...Read more

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I hav colon cancer and my surgeon won't help me until my albumin raises to a 3.0 and I'm at a 1.3. What does albumin do and how can I raise it? Thanks

I hav colon cancer and my surgeon won't help me until my albumin raises to a 3.0 and I'm at a 1.3. What does albumin do and how can I raise it? Thanks

Need for evaluation: Low albumin carries a risk of death in surgery. You are extremely undernourished and need to consult a nutritionist for advice. How was the diagnosis of colon cancer made? Do you have family history or early onset colon cancer? I would recommend that you get a second opinion. ...Read more

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I still have a lack of appetite at 22 should I consider the chance of gastric or colon cancer?

I still have a lack of appetite at 22 should I consider the chance of gastric or colon cancer?

No : Unless you have a strong family history of early stomach or colon cancer, please do not worry about it. Get exercise every day, as vigorous, as you can tolerate. ...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 was wondering for my 17 year old what would be the chances of surving colon cancer? If it spread to the spleen what stage would it be? Will he die?

I was wondering for my 17 year old what would be the chances of surving colon cancer? If it spread to the spleen what stage would it be? Will he die?

Why do you ask?: First, it's extremely uncommon for a 17-year old to have ordinary colon cancer unless there's a pre-existing multiple-polyps syndrome. Second, colon cancer almost never spreads to the spleen. Something is not right here. You need to find out exactly what's happening before you make any plans. I hope you get this solved. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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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


Dr. Gary Sandler
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more