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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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How can you distinguish between the symptoms of colon cancer and ulcerative colitis?

How can you distinguish between the symptoms of colon cancer and ulcerative colitis?

You can't always.: Symptoms for colon cancer and ulcerative colitis can be similar. These include weight loss, changes in bowel habits, diarrhea, and sometimes blood in the stool. The only way to rule out colon cancer is with a colonoscopy. If you have a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, you are at a higher risk of getting colon cancer. So see a doctor for any of these symptoms! ...Read more

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How can I reduce the risk of getting colon cancer? I have ulcerative colitis so i understand i'm already at a higher risk.

How can I reduce the risk of getting colon cancer? I have ulcerative colitis so i understand i'm already at a higher risk.

Examination: Having active medical care, proper medical treatment of the ulcerative colitis & having gastroenterologist who does serial colonoscopy with biopsy to watch for potential cellular dysplasia. Control the colitis with assistance of your doctors. ...Read more

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Will a video colonoscopy completely rule out crohans disease, ulcerative colitis and other ibd. Will it also rule out cancer?

Will a video colonoscopy completely rule out crohans disease, ulcerative colitis  and other ibd. Will it also rule out cancer?

Not all: Colonoscopy will rule out colon cancer , ulcerative colitis , ( early uc in remission may not show the disease ) but not crohn's involving only small bowel only , other ibd some times may not have visible pathology . All of these diseases need biopsy as a proof. ...Read more

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Is ulcerative colitis indicative of cancer?

Is ulcerative colitis indicative of cancer?

Correlation: The presence of IBD is associated to some degree with colon cancer. The longer the duration of disease, greater than 20 yrs ,and the degree of bowel involvement has a correlation with the appearance of a malignancy. The presence of inflammation induces release of cytokines over bowel mucosa that in the presence of factors such as carcinogens in food and viruses induce malignant transformation. ...Read more

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Is Ulcerative Colitis Mostly 2 Appear At Age Of 15 ? My Son Has Seen A G.I And She Has Confirmed. Treatment Delzicol . Is Cancer Possible For His Age?

Is Ulcerative Colitis Mostly 2 Appear At Age Of 15 ? My Son Has Seen A G.I And She Has Confirmed. Treatment Delzicol . Is Cancer Possible For His Age?

No: he does not have to worry about cancer now, but after ten years of ulcerative colitis, the cancer risk start increasing significantly. he needs to stay in touch with his GI even if his symptoms improved. ...Read more

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What % can colon cancer return with ulcerative colitis after cancer tumor is removed from that part of colon ?

What % can colon cancer return with ulcerative colitis after cancer tumor is removed from that part of colon ?

High risk of cancer: Recurrence risk given cancer is a function of the stage of cancer when diagnosed, independent of uc. However, uc patients have an approximately 1% per year risk of new cancer appearing. Because of this high risk, total colectomy has been the standard of care for uc. If you have any colon left, it should be examined and biopsied periodically looking for dysplasia, the precursor of cancerous change. ...Read more

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On average, how long before low grade dysplasia of the colon becomes cancer for patients with ulcerative colitis 9 years.

On average, how long before low grade dysplasia of the colon becomes cancer for patients with ulcerative colitis 9 years.

Dyplasia: That is a great question for your gastroenterologist or surgeon. Who is taking care of you? It is impossible to say for sure. You deserve to have the advice of a physician who knows you and the specifics about your condition. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis transform into cancer ? All of cases or in some ?

Can ulcerative colitis transform into cancer ? All of cases or in some ?

Risk factor: Uc is a risk factor for colon cancer. See more detailed information here: http://digestive.Niddk.Nih.Gov/ddiseases/pubs/colitis/#cancer. ...Read more

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I have had ulcerative colitis for 13 yrs getting routine colonoscopies every 2 years. Last one showed cancer tumor. Full or partial colon removal ?

I have had ulcerative colitis for 13 yrs getting routine colonoscopies every 2 years.   Last one showed cancer tumor.  Full or partial colon removal ?

Probably : Best is total colon removal because leaving diseased colon in place would keep you at risk for more colon cancers in the future, and you would need frequent colonoscopy. Can get off colitis medications with surgery. Best to see a colon rectal surgery specialist, maybe at a university, who has extensive experience in ileo-anal pouch surgery. ...Read more

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I have had ulcerative colitis for 13 years. A recent colonoscopy showed a cancer tumor in the right side of colon. Should i go for a full or partial colon removal ?

I have had ulcerative colitis for 13 years. A recent colonoscopy showed a cancer tumor in the right side of colon. Should i go for a full or partial colon removal ?

Probably : Best is total colon removal because leaving diseased colon in place would keep you at future risk for more colon cancers in the future, and you would need frequent colonoscopy. Can get off colitis medications with surgery. Best to see a colon rectal surgery specialist, maybe at a university, who has extensive experience in ileo-anal pouch surgery. ...Read more

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Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?

Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?

Most important: is polyp removal through recommended colonoscopy screenings. The longer you have had UC/inflammatory bowel disease, and if more than 1/3 to 1/2 of your colon is involved, the greater your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Controlling bowel inflammation by complying with your medication regimen is likely to be preventive. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, obesity. Low fat/high fiber diet, NSAIDs +/- ...Read more

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Is there solid science behind low fat/high fiber diet to lower risk of colon cancer for ulcerative colitis patients? Anything else preventative?

Is there solid science behind low fat/high fiber diet to lower risk of colon cancer for ulcerative colitis patients? Anything else preventative?

I am not aware: of such data. It is generally accepted that risk of malignancy is proportional to duration of active colitis, so it follows that it is most important to keep the disease under control as much as possible. Confer with your gi specialist for specific advice in your case. ...Read more

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What can cause left flank pain and pain under left ribs at the front, especially on lying down. History of ulcerative colitis and breast cancer.

What can cause left flank pain and pain under left ribs at the front, especially on lying down. History of ulcerative colitis and breast cancer.

Could be almost: Anything, from kidney stones to shingles to axacerbation of your uc. You need a doctor to figure this out for you. Go see your GI specialist now. ...Read more

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Red blood and mucus in stool.Very strong history of colon cancer. Intense lower abdominal pain. Mother also has ulcerative colitis. Suggestions?

Red blood and mucus in stool.Very strong history of colon cancer. Intense lower abdominal pain. Mother also has ulcerative colitis. Suggestions?

See a GI doc!: You are describing the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, which causes an increased risk of colon cancer. Other things could be going on, but any time you have bloody stool you must see a doctor! you will likely need a colonoscopy for diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to deal with ulcerative colitis?

How to deal with ulcerative colitis?

Medications: ? Re how treat Ulcerative Colitis, UC. See a Gastroenterologist who specializes in UC. If symptoms persist despite therapies, ask the doctor if he would approve of the use of Cannabis. Do not use if he disapproves, and see a Cannabis Medicinal Consultant if he does approve. I have treated UC patients who have reported benefit from Cannabis. ...Read more

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Can whipworms treat ulcerative colitis?

Can whipworms treat ulcerative colitis?

Ongoing research: There is a lot of promising data that looks at whip worms but also other living organisms like bacteria in making a difference in ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease. The data are still preliminary in my mind and are not ready for prime time, mostly because we do not fully understand the biology behind why they help people. ...Read more

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What causes ulcerative colitis to flare up?

What causes ulcerative colitis to flare up?

Inflammation: Uc is an inflammatory bowel disease with many triggers. Any trigger that creates an inflammatory response can/will cause a flare up - especially if you are not on maintenance medications. For some patients - even ones in "remission", triggers such as GI infection, systemic illness, significant change in diet and activity, or severe emotional stress can result in a flare up. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonah Essers
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Ulcerative Colitis (Definition)

An inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.There's no known cure for ulcerative colitis, but therapies are available that may dramatically reduce ...Read more


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more