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How does colon cancer affect the body?

How does colon cancer affect the body?

Depends: Early on there may be no effect. As the disease progresses undiagnosed, you may develop a change in bowels, blood in stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy, loss of stamina, bowel obstruction, shortness of breath, anemia, early diagnosis in high risk patients or regular colonoscopies is the best way to avoid all of the above. ...Read more

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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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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Colon cancer (Tip)

As more nations have adopted a "western diet, " the rate of colon cancer has increased there! ...See more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
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Apply sunscreen
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Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
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See a dermatologist for checkups
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What are the primary symptoms of colon cancer?

What are the primary symptoms of colon cancer?

Depends on location: If right sided may present with anemia (common). If large, some patients present with obstructive symptoms that require a bowel diversion. If metastatic can present with weight loss if extensive. One of the most common is detection of blood in the stool when a physician performs a rectal exam. Many variations of presentation. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the usual signs of colon cancer?

What are the usual signs of colon cancer?

Depends: Colon cancer sometimes presents with symptoms, but often has no symptoms until later. This is why getting regular screening colonoscopies is recommended. If symptoms are present they can include blood in the stool, weight loss, change in caliber of the stool. Abdominal pain is less common. Since this cancer grows from a small polyp into cancer slowly, be proactive & get regular colonoscopies! ...Read more

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Colon cancer (Tip)

Taller women have a slightly higher risk of colon cancer. ...See more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask an oncologist to refer you to a cancer pain specialist
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Ask a pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If you have pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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I had infection and abscesses in my colon they drained out the pus by needle then I did surgery and diagnosed colon cancer does it spread if it licks?

I had infection and abscesses in my colon they drained out the pus by needle then I did surgery and diagnosed colon cancer does it spread if it licks?

Not sure...: If I understand your question. Colon cancer perforated at age 29 would be extremely rare. Ask your surgeon if there were clear margins & enough lymph nodes removed (12 or more removed is best). Review your treatment options with a medical oncologist. Perforated colon cancers can have higher risk factors for recurrence. ...Read more

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Colon cancer (Tip)

Colon cancer is by and large a completely preventable disease. ...See more

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What is msi test in colon cancer?

What is msi test in colon cancer?

Screening tool: Msi test has a few uses in colorectal cancer screening and surveillance. While only 15 percent of colorectal cancers are msi positive, as many as 90 percent of patients with lynch syndrome (specific genetic etiology for colorectal cancer) have a positive msi test. The test may also be helpful in determining those patients with stage ii or iii cancer who may benefit from chemotherapy. ...Read more

Dr. Colin Kerr Dr. Kerr
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Colon cancer (Tip)

Traditional colon cancer screening only reduces your risk of dying of colon cancer by 15%. ...See more

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Are occult blood tests for colon cancer effective?

Are occult blood tests for colon cancer effective?

Guaiacs-: Are actually tests of thin films of stool to discern if there is hidden blood beneath visiblity, so-called "occult blood". It is a great screen, that if positive leads to a closer, less comfortable, more expensive test: colonoscopy. After 50, you get one per decade without occult blood in stool! ...Read more

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What is the best food to eat if you have colon cancer?

What is the best food to eat if you have colon cancer?

Clean and cooked: During cancer therapy it is best to have clean, well prepared foods especially cooked veggies and meats to reduce infection risk. A diet rich in fiber, veggies and low in fat snd red meats is preferred. ...Read more

Dr. Colin Kerr Dr. Kerr
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Colon cancer (Tip)

After age 75, colon cancer is mostly one of the natural causes of death. Screening not recommended. ...See more

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What is a carcinogen tha may cause colon cancer?

Not known: The nature of carcinogen (s) that cause colon cancer is not known. Incidence of colon cancer is higher with increased intake of fats and low intake of dietary fiber. ...Read more

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Docs, could a large colon polyp mean colon cancer?

Docs, could a large colon polyp mean colon cancer?

Not really: Not really the size of the polyp does not determined if it is cancer or not of course large polyp can do more damage and depend on location can cause obstruction
and bleeding the histology of the polyp determined if it is malignant or pre malignant. ...Read more

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Colon cancer (Tip)

In africa, bowel movements are 2 to 6 daily. Colon cancer is rare. ...See more

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Can radiation therapy help to treat colon cancer that's spread to the liver or kidneys?

Yes: If the disease is limited and original colon cancer addressed focal intense radiation called radiosurgery can be very effective. If there is significant disease then standard radiation can be used to help symptoms. ...Read more

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Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon cancer so hard to treat?

Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon cancer so hard to treat?

Colon ca mets: To live is hard to treat because many times the metastasis is on multiple lobe of the liver and cannot be surgically removed. Surgeon only do surgery with the intention of cure if they can remove the metastasis completely. If surgery is not possible you should still consider chemotherapy. The quality of life is still pretty good even if not cured. ...Read more

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Colon cancer (Tip)

Colon cancer prevention is better in the hands of mds with better adenoma detection rates. Check it. ...See more

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If a person gets treated of colon cancer without surgery how maximum life he can live?

If a person gets treated of colon cancer without surgery how maximum life he can live?

Long time: Colon cancer that is treated with out surgery, example colon cancer removed by colonscopy usually will have very good results. If a colon cancer is not treated it can obviously lead to spread and metastasis. You can calculate life span based on the stage of the cancer and how it is or is not treated. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of radiotherapy in treating colon cancer?

What are the side effects of radiotherapy in treating colon cancer?

Several: Radiation is used for rectal cancer. Can cause skin changes, diarrhea, decreased rectal and anal compliance. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Wright Dr. Wright
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Colon cancer (Tip)

Certain mouth bacteria may be linked to increased colon cancer risk. ...See more

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What is the best treatment for colon cancer?

What is the best treatment for colon cancer?

Surgery+/-ChemoRx: The cornerstone of therapy is surgical resection of the part of the colon. The stage of the cancer is dependent upon the surgical findings (depth of cancer, lymph node evaluation), which will guide the decision regarding chemotherapy. Very rarely, radiation therapy will be recommended for more advanced colon cancers. ...Read more

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What are some alternate colon cancer treatments?

Complementary: If you have colorectal cancer, you are going to need surgery if you hope for a cure. Radiation and chemotherapy may be appropriate. If you opt to forego evidence-based treatment in favor of some slick promotion, you will die miserably of your cancer and hating the people who suckered you. By contrast, complementary (mental, physical, spiritual) treatments are very much worth learning about now. ...Read more

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Colon cancer (Tip)

Earlier detection leads to better cure and survival. Overall mortality of colon cancer has gone down. ...See more

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What cures colon cancer?

Early detection!: The best thing that improves the chances of curing colon cancer is early detection. So preventive health care and screening are key. All adults should have a colonoscopy at age 50 to look for cancers or early cancers, usually as polyps. If you have a strong family history or certain conditions it is recommended you get earlier screening. Once detected, colon ca usually is cured by surgery, or drugs. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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. Krishna Kumar
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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


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