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Doctor insights on: Can My Hiatal Hernia Increase My Chance Of Colon Cancer

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Dr. Barry Rosen
4,214 doctors shared insights

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 of the 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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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 of time 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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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

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