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Dr. Richard Orr
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If I have colon or rectal cancer that has spread to the liver, should I have chemotherapy first?

Dr. Richard Orr
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
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If I have colon or rectal cancer that has spread to the liver, should I have chemotherapy first?

Find a good team: Colorectal cancer with spread to the liver is a hotly debated and controversial topic. Multiple variables include - the location of the tumor, the symptoms it is producing, the location of the liver mets and their potentail for surgical removal. You need an experienced team that deals with this commonly (surgical and medical oncologists, maybe rad onc, as well). Good ct/pet is vital. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that occur in almost any organ or tissue in the body. Symptoms depend on the location of the cancer, and cancer often has the potential to grow and spread to other ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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Stage 4 rectal cancer two spots in lung and one on ovary doc wants to do chemo why when I read survival rate is very low for stage 4 that has spread.

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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Stage 4 rectal cancer two spots in lung and one on ovary doc wants to do chemo why when I read survival rate is very low for stage 4 that has spread.

Quality of life: If what you are describing is the case, then you cannot expect a cure, but chemo may give you an extra year or two of reasonably good health. Is there something you want to do? If not, I'd be surprised and frankly disappointed. A frank discussion is in order with your physicians and those who love you. Then whatever decision you make will be the right one. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Arthur Heller
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38 years in practice
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Can rectal cancer be cured?

Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
38 years in practice
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Can rectal cancer be cured?

Yes, if early enuf: Like other cancers, rectal cancer has better prognosis (outlook) if diagnosed and treated at an earlier, rather than later stage. Very early cancers can be cured with burning the tissue. More advanced will likely need radiation/chemo/surgery in varying combinations and timing. Can be cured, but unfortunately, not always. ...Read more

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
59 years in practice
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What are symptoms of rectal cancer?

Dr. Myron Arlen
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
59 years in practice
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What are symptoms of rectal cancer?

Bleeding,: Theso first sign of rectal ca is bleeding as solid feca; , material passes. As lesion gets larger increasing constipation and then pain noted. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Edward Gold
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39 years in practice
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How do you diagnose rectal cancer?

Dr. Edward Gold
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
39 years in practice
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How do you diagnose rectal cancer?

Colonoscopy: An endoscopic procedure such as proctoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is usually necessary to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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Are some people more prone to getting rectal cancer?

Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
25 years in practice
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Yes: People over age 50 with high-fat, low-fiber diet ("western') are at increased risk for developing polyps which can turn cancerous over time. Alcohol intake may be linked and patients with inflammatory bowel disease are also at a higher risk. Family history can increase the risk in patients too. ...Read more

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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51 years in practice
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Can i get a rectal cancer at age 15?

Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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Can i get a rectal cancer at age 15?

Uncommon: But age has no exemption for any cancer, . ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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Can rectal cancer be treated surgically?

Dr. Michael Thompson
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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Can rectal cancer be treated surgically?

Yes: Rectal cancer, like any cancer needs - 1) diagnosis, 2) staging and prognosis, 3) treatment. Early rectal cancer may be treated by surgery alone. More often a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are required in a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. Metastatic rectal cancer may depend more heavily on chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Brewer
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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Is rectal cancer hereditary?

Dr. Douglas Brewer
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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Is rectal cancer hereditary?

It can be: Cancer is where a cell literally becomes immortal and does not die but can still replicate itself. Genetic mutations cause this. Most genetic mutations that cause cancerous cells happen after we are born, but rarely we can inherit a bad gene. Construct a medical family tree and if colon or rectal cancer affects 2 or more across 2 generations and 1 is less than 50 must talk with doctor ...Read more

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Dr. Rafael Lugo
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23 years in practice
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What are the tests for rectal cancer?

Dr. Rafael Lugo
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What are the tests for rectal cancer?

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Dr. Mark Pack
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