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I am being treated for colon cancer 11 so far. Now my acid reflux is getting worse and having trouble swallowing. Are they related? B4 chemo ref ok

I am being treated for colon cancer 11 so far.  Now my acid reflux is getting worse and having trouble swallowing.  Are they related?  B4 chemo ref ok

Perhaps: Reflux symptoms can be worsened by anything that suppresses the immune system. Evaluating a patient for problems with reflux and the effectiveness of treatment frequently requires looking from above with an endoscope (esophagi-gastro-duodenoscopy). ...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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Brother at 52 diag. Colon cancer. I'm 47 and have Type 1&2 Bristol chart feces for a very long time. Acid reflux, choking at night on acid chestpain?

Brother at 52 diag. Colon cancer.  I'm 47 and have Type 1&2 Bristol chart feces for a very long time.  Acid reflux, choking at night on acid chestpain?

Unrelated to Ca: Bristol Classification measures stool shapeand transit time in bowel, unrelated to any malignant pathology developing in the colon. The upper GI symptoms and acid reflux are unrelated to potential for a colonic reoplasm which usually is induced via the polyoma virus entering mucosa and establishing a field effect in which various lesion arise. One should check out bowel pathology via colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I am 33 year old male, have had loose stools (not watery) for years. Stomach growling/gas/acid reflux/mild cramps, hemrroids. Is this colon cancer?

I am 33 year old male, have had loose stools (not watery) for years. Stomach growling/gas/acid reflux/mild cramps, hemrroids. Is this colon cancer?

IBS: Symptoms of loose stools ; abdominal cramps in young adult male suggestive of irritable bowel syndrome. Intestinal cancer would be most unusual. Personally, I would be interested in history of extreme sports participation ; chronic low back pain, which I have found concommitent with these symptoms in young adult males. The symptoms suggest that a primary medical doctor evaluation is in order. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a 24-year-old like myself would have colon, esophageal, or stomach cancer due to gerd- acid reflux?

How likely is it that a 24-year-old like myself would have colon, esophageal, or stomach cancer due to gerd- acid reflux?

Not but: It's not likely but it is possible. Why are you thinking of these? Need more info to be able to help you. Definitely see a doctor. ...Read more

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Is Alpha Lipoic Acid a good cancer treatment for colon cancer?

Is Alpha Lipoic Acid a good cancer treatment for colon cancer?

Only in lab cells: Alpha lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant that has typically been used for diabetic neuropathy. Current "in vitro" studies suggest that colon cancer cells grown in the lab, self-destruct (apoptosis) in the presence of alpha-lipoic acid. At least one patient claimed to be cancer-free after using ALA. ALA is non-toxic but difficult to find in a pure form. Choose foods instead-spinach, broccoli! ...Read more

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Can children get colon cancer?

Can children get colon cancer?

Yes: Usually adult children. The youngest patient I have seen in my practice with a family history of colon cancer, was first diagnosed at age 18. ...Read more

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Where does colon cancer spread to?

Where does colon cancer spread to?

Colon ca mets: Most commonly to the liver. Then to the lungs. Rectal cancer may spread to lung before spreading to liver. ...Read more

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How fast does colon cancer spread?

How fast does colon cancer spread?

Unpredictable: Colon cancer spread to local lymph nodes and then on to other organs such as liver, lungs, bones. It can spread through the blood vessels or locally to other organs such as kidneys, prostate, etc. Rate of spread is unpredictable at present and likely depends on growth factors, cancer differentiation, and unknown factors. Of cancers that comeback after surgery, most (80%) do so within 3 years. ...Read more

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How can colon cancer affect the body?

How can colon cancer affect the body?

Blockage/Bleeding: Depending on their size and location, colon cancers may cause the above problems. The bleeding tends to be very slow, like a dripping faucet, and may not be evident by sight. Obstruction can cause a change in bowel habits (constipation, pencil-thin stools) and/or bloating. Like any cancer, there is the potential to spread to other organs, which may cause fatigue, loss of appetite, wt loss, etc. ...Read more

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What does colon cancer do to my body?

What does colon cancer do to my body?

Depends...: I like dr. Kaplan's answer but want to add that colon cancer may be silent until it's too late. Screening is very important therefore. ...Read more

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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 the above. ...Read more

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End stage colon cancer what to expect?

End stage colon cancer what to expect?

Check out website: Please check out www.Michaelsmission. Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. ...Read more

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How rare is colon cancer in a 25-year-old?

How rare is colon cancer in a 25-year-old?

Pretty rare : Please check out www.Michaelsmission. Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the stages of colon cancer?

Can you tell me the stages of colon cancer?

Colon cancer staging: Please open this website- a very useful resource with a very nice illustration.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/colon/patient/page2. ...Read more

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What does colon cancer generally look like?

What does colon cancer generally look like?

It varies: Colon cancer can be in the form of a polyp or what is referred to as an apple-core lesion, meaning a circumferential narrowing at a specific site in your colon. The above descriptions refer to what is seen either endoscopically during a colonoscopy or radiologically during a barium enema lower GI series. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of colon cancer?

What are the common symptoms of colon cancer?

Sometimes: They don't have any, and discovered on screening colonoscopy. These have the best prognosis. The earliest symptom is probably bleeding, but at first you need occult blood testing to detect small amount of bleeding. Then gross blood, then obstruction and perforation symptoms, such as cramps, pain, fever, chills, and even peritonits. These have much worse prognosis, so get colonoscopy at age 50. ...Read more

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Can you get colon cancer from wall thickening?

No: Causes of wall thickening are usually inflammation. Still, you should continue to be checked until the thickening disappears. ...Read more

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What foods can reduce the risk of colon cancer?

Vegaration diet: Vegetables, nuts, grains and fiber without red meat is the best diet to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Hunzicuts (in tibet) eat lots of apricots and almonds, and they have the lowest cancer rate in the world (but they also have no stress, no caffeine, no wine, no smoking etc). Non-processed, natural foods give you the best overall health. Go vegetarians! ...Read more

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What factors affect prognosis with colon cancer?

What factors affect prognosis with colon cancer?

Staging & treat soon: Staging addresses prognosis--based on tumor depth of local invasion through colon & spread of tumor (metastasis) to sites distant from primary mass. Histology (microscopic typing), genetic factors (polyposis syndromes), age of onset, co-morbidities, completeness of removal, & environmental factors (for example Aspirin increase survivability) all play roles. Early detection & removal is key here. ...Read more

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Who are the people that are prone to colon cancer?

Who are the people that are prone to colon cancer?

Colon cancer: Some people have hereditary factors that make them be more prone to develop polyps in the colon. The natural history of some polyps are to eventually turn into cancer and spread into other areas of the colon. Prevention of colon cancer in these individuals can be accomplished by finding the polyps while they are still benign and removing them. This is accomplished by periodic colonoscopies. ...Read more

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Should women be more concerned about colon cancer?

Should women be more concerned about colon cancer?

Maybe.: Overall, colon cancer is more common in men than women in the United States. However, genetics, age, and lifestyle factors can alter an individual's risk. ...Read more

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What makes people more susceptible to colon cancer?

Many factors.: You are more at risk if you have 1st-degree relatives who have had colon cancer, or if you have certain hereditary diseases affecting the colon such as familial adenomatous polyposis. Age (older than 50) as well as a history of inflammatory bowel disease, previous colon ca, precancerous polyps, poor diet with high fat, low fiber and deficiency of Folic Acid and vitamin d are risk factors. ...Read more

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How many people suffer from colon cancer in the us?

How many people suffer from colon cancer in the us?

150,000: Colon cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. In 2007 there were 150, 000 new cases diagnosed and 53, 000 deaths from colon cancer. Those are pretty good estimates although a couple of years old. ...Read more

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What's the chance of colon cancer in males under 40?

Not common: Colon cancer is not common in men under 40 except in patients with a strong family history and those with inherited colon cancer syndromes such as lynch syndrome. ...Read more

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What is a most common manifestation of colon cancer?

What is a most common manifestation of colon cancer?

No symptom: Get a colonoscopy if age over 50, sooner if family history of colon cancer or having symptoms (blood in stool, prologued diarrhea, unexplained abd pain, weight loss, bowel obstruction). ...Read more

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When am i at most risk for colon cancer? At what age?

When am i at most risk for colon cancer? At what age?

Risk rises with age: Risk of colon cancer starts to rose significantly around are 45, and the risk continues to rise with every passing decade of life, though there is a hint that the rate of rise slows down in the ninth decade of life. ...Read more

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Does cohn disease increase your risk for colon cancer?

While Chron's can: Have varied course, it can affect the entire gut. It's cousin, ulcerative colitis that affects the large bowel, is the cancer prone malady. Chron's, aka regional enteritis, can cause a great deal of misery, but it is not usually a cancer prone illness. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more