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Dr. Richard K. Orr answered:

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

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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.
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Dr. Eric Kaplan answered:

Is rectal cancer curable?

Yes

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IF caught early, can be successfully treated with local excision or neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiation followed by surgery. The key is early diagnosis!!!!! ALL bleeding should be thoroughly evaluated and appropriate screening with colonoscopies can prevent more advance and incurable colorectal cancers!!
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Dr. Rafael A. Lugo answered:

What are the tests for rectal cancer?

Colonoscopy

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Colonoscopy and biopsy
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What are some signs of rectal cancer?

Bleeding and others

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Rectal Bleeding, weight loss, change in bowel habits, and anemia are the most common. Unfortunatley many are asymptomatic until the tumor is large.
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What puts you at risk for developing rectal cancer?

Several things

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Family history of colon or rectal cancer is probably the biggest risk factor. A history of polyps also increases your risk. There is some data that show that poor diet, smoking, and constipation may increase risk, but this is still arguable. To decrease your risk, particularly if you have a family history, get screened regularly and follow up on any rectal bleeding. Don't ignore rectal bleeding.
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Dr. John J. Fung answered:

Can a piles turn to rectal cancer?

No

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Hemorrhoids are engorged blood vessels under the lining of the rectum/anus. These are benign. They do not turn into rectal cancer.
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi answered:

What is the rate of survival for rectal cancer?

Hard to be

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specific, and the answer excellent with treatment is likley not what you are looking for. Where it is towards bottom or higher influences procedure, penetration into wall, and involved nodes or not need to know to give more specific. I'd expect cure most of the time.
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Dr. Edward W. Gold answered:

How do you prevent rectal cancer?

Surveilance

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The only proven effective method of reducing the incidence of colorectal cancer is surveillance colonoscopy with the removal of suspiciousmpolyps.
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Dr. Edward W. Gold answered:

When should you be concerned about colon and rectal cancer?

Age 50

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The incidence of colorectal cancer goes up after age 50 which is why routine colonoscopy is recommended to begin at that age. The exception would be if you have a strong family history of colon cancer. In that circumstance your physician might decide to begin screening at an earlier age
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What are your first symptoms of colon/rectal cancer?

None

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Dont rely on symptoms. Colonoscopy is what to do. Bleeding is a common symptom, but is could be too late. Other could be pain, a mass, cosntipation, weight loss. None of them are specific for colon cancer. Don't wait for symptoms. The screening power of colonoscopy to prevent colon cancer is excellent. Get your colonoscopy
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