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I've got in my head that I have colon cancer, but GI says he doesn't feel lump I feel in rectaum?

I've got in my head that I have colon cancer, but GI says he doesn't feel lump I feel in rectaum?

Get another opinion: If you are not satisfied with one doctor's opinion, you are entitled to get a second opinion. ...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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My appetite has been lacking lately im 22 and don't smoke and. No family history of colon cancer what are odds I have cc? Is.It all in my head im scared

My appetite has been lacking lately im 22 and don't smoke and. No family history of colon cancer what are odds I have cc? Is.It all in my head im scared

Very unlikely...: At 22 you have a very low likelihood of having colon cancer. Other causes for lack of appetite such as depression, anorexia, flu/cold, among many others would be thought of first. That being said, a sudden and unexplained lack of appetite should be worked-up. Please see your health care provider. ...Read more

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Grandma stage 4 colon cancer doing home chemo, is the sweat saliva fluid discharge toxic? Pregnant women n kids should avoid contact?

Grandma stage 4 colon cancer doing home chemo, is the sweat saliva fluid discharge toxic? Pregnant women n kids should avoid contact?

No: From cancer.Org:

the only bodily fluid that could be considered 'toxic' would be urine. Men and women should sit to urinate to avoid splash transfer. Saliva and sweat will not have markedly amounts of chemicals. Just love on her as normal! ...Read more

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My mom (age 60) stg 4 colon cancer survivor. Struggling a week with foggy head, disorientation, confusion, unsteadiness walking...Antibiotic for sinus?

My mom (age 60) stg 4 colon cancer survivor. Struggling a week with foggy head, disorientation, confusion, unsteadiness walking...Antibiotic for sinus?

Consult her oncologi: Her oncologist needs to know about this new development. Cancer can spread to brain and cause symptoms like the ones you have described. It can also be due to metabolic derangements which can occur due to her cancer. So an urgent visit and further evaluation is advised. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer stage 4 fatal? I have been denied surgery because my albumin is to low. I get really bad fevers at night but that's all.

Is colon cancer stage 4 fatal? I have been denied surgery because my albumin is to low. I get really bad fevers at night but that's all.

It is serious: Stage-4 cancer is an advanced stage of disease but not always fatal. Some pateints do survive this disease even in stage-4. But you need a good oncologist to treat you. I assume you have received some treatment with chemotherapy by now. Tell us more details about your chemotherapy. Take Tylenol (paracetamol) to control fever which can be caused by cancer especially if it has spread into your liver ...Read more

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What is the survivability rate of colon cancer is a 28 year old male very good or very bad and is blood in the stool always common or not?

What is the survivability rate of colon cancer is a 28 year old male very good or very bad and is blood in the stool always common or not?

You have a confusing: ..Mixture of questions. 1. Survival rate depends on the stage, the lower the better. 2. At 28, colon cancer is rare but possible. Younger patients handle treatment better but stage is more important for survival. 3. Blood in stool is neither common nor normal. Needs to be evaluated. Try asking one question at a time please. ...Read more

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Can colon cancer is it bad if a aortocaval node contains a met? The primary colon tumor is removed already. What is best treatment here?

Can colon cancer is it bad if a aortocaval node contains a met? The primary colon tumor is removed already. What is best treatment here?

Mets are bad: Metastasis of any kind are a bad sign, because it indicates that the disease has spread. Metastatic disease may be treated with radiation or chemotherapy, but this will depend on specific patient factors. Solitary metastasis to the lungs or liver are sometimes removed surgically, but aortocaval nodes are probably too risky. ...Read more

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My mom had colon cancer nearly 12 years ago. Has been cancer free since surgery and chemo. CEA is now 3.7., highest it's been since then. Is this bad?

My mom had colon cancer nearly 12 years ago. Has been cancer free since surgery and chemo. CEA is now 3.7., highest it's been since then. Is this bad?

Not necessarily: When the colon cancer comes back, it usually comes back within the first 5 years from the diagnosis. It is unlikely that the colon cancer comes back after 12 years. In addition, CEA is not very sensitive nor specific for colon cancer. Other things like cigarette smoking, other liver problems etc can increase CEA. If she smokes, makes sure to encourage her to quit. She need to follow up with her MD ...Read more

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I've been having really bad intestinal pain since april last year 2013, so approx. 9 months, if I had colon cancer, would I be dead by now?

I've been having really bad intestinal pain since april last year 2013, so approx. 9 months, if I had colon cancer, would I be dead by now?

Not necessarily: Dead but probably metastatic disease. At your age, colon cancer is uncommon unless you have ulcerative colitis or familial polyposis. Best to get opinion from your doctor though. ...Read more

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My father had colon cancer 3 years ago and we fear it has returned and mets already. Tests are still being run but CEA was over 10. Is this a bad sign?

My father had colon cancer 3 years ago and we fear it has returned and mets already. Tests are still being run but CEA was over 10. Is this a bad sign?

Likely to be: Cea or carcinoembryonic antigen, is a tumor marker usually associated with colon cancer, but can be seen elevated in other tumors. When associated with colon cancer, it is useful to follow serially after resection or to follow as part of treatment. If the value is normal at one point and becomes elevated, then a careful search for recurrence is indicated. ...Read more

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My dad has stage 4 colon cancer, he hasn't eaten in 5 days, he's drinking fluids, sleeping 80% of the day, and has bad jaundice. How much longer?

My dad has stage 4 colon cancer, he hasn't eaten in 5 days, he's drinking fluids, sleeping 80% of the day, and has bad jaundice. How much longer?

Terminal Cancer: Let me say how very sorry I am about your father. It seems like he does not have a lot of time left. It is impossible for us to say how long. This is a question that is best left with his treating physicians who know his case best. Love him and be with him. My best to you and your family. ...Read more

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I have an oastomy from colon cancer in nov. I get cramps and have bowl movements that look like puss and smell bad. Run temp of 75 what is the cause?

I have an oastomy from colon cancer in nov. I get cramps and have bowl movements that look like puss and smell bad. Run temp of 75 what is the cause?

That's not normal: The fever is the worrisome part. It is possible that you have a chronic abdominal infection from the surgery. An abscess may drain through the colon and out the ostony. That is why there is pus in the stool. That would be rare but only plausible explanation. Chronic colitis may cause this too but would be associated with abd pain too. Reccomend surgical consult and ct scan. ...Read more

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Have constant really bad stomach cramps including my sides, worse on left side, nausea too, all I can think is colon cancer what else could this be?

Hmmmm: Unlikely at 20 Y.O. More common is stomach problem like irritation, infection or ulcer. You could have irrirable bowel as well. Best see your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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My dad, his sis, brother and dad died of cancers (brain, stomach, liver) my grandma had colon Cancer. They found polyps in my colon, bad sign at 18?

What type of polyp: That many cancers may prove to be associated with a familial disorder requiring genetic evaluation. Polyps of colon extremely rare unless there is an underlying hereditary disorder. Important to know whether the polyps were inflammatory or adenomatous lesions that could lead to malignant transformation. Should genetic disorder be found, colon surgery may eventually be needed. ...Read more

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Am 28 yrs, hemoroids patient (2nd stg). Hav bad bloating stomach. Ph level of stool is 5.0. Scared if it is a colon cancer. Pls advice?

Am 28 yrs, hemoroids patient (2nd stg). Hav bad bloating stomach. Ph level of stool is 5.0. Scared if it is a colon cancer. Pls advice?

See colorectal: Usually, a good colorectal surgery can do proctoscopy or anoscopy to distinguish if bleeding is just from internal hemorrhoids or something more serious like a colon cancer. ...Read more

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Am 27 yr old & a pile patient (2nd stg).I hav a bad bloating stomach. Stools 4/5 times/day. Had stool test pH level is 5.0.Scared if it is colon cancer.?

Am 27 yr old & a pile patient (2nd stg).I hav a bad bloating stomach. Stools 4/5 times/day. Had stool test pH level is 5.0.Scared if it is colon cancer.?

Flu: Doubt it is colon cancer- sounds more like you have an intestinal bug that is bothering you, and you need to be followed up for that. The ph level of the stool isn't worth the paper it is done with. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer ever occur in young people?

Does colon cancer ever occur in young people?

Yes: In certain hereditary disorders such as familial polyposis, colon cancer can occur at a relatively young age. ...Read more

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How fast will colon cancer spread in 2 weeks?

Not fast: Cancer is thought to spread over several weeks-months of time, not days to weeks. As such, the commission on cancer has guidelines for treatment that cover 7-21 days from presentation to treatment. That is not to say that there are not unusual cases of cancer that seem to be remarkably aggressive, colon cancer is usually not one of them. ...Read more

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How can I reduce my risk of getting colon cancer?

How can I reduce my risk of getting colon cancer?

Lifestyle changes: Lots of dietary factors help reduce the risk- high fiber through fruits & veggies; low fat and red meat; low alcohol use. Aspirin can reduce polyp formation and regular exercise is of benefit too. ...Read more

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How do I know if colon cancer has spread in my body?

How do I know if colon cancer has spread in my body?

See a doctor: Numerous test including ct scans and pet scans can determine if there is any evidence for metastatic disease. See your oncologist for the best advice. ...Read more

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Is it possible for late stage colon cancer be cured?

Stage 4?: If by late you mean stage 4 (metastatic), the answer is: possible but unlikely. If the number of metastases is limited and the patient is in good shape, he/she could be treated aggressively with surgery and chemo (maybe even radiotherapy) and some of those, God willing, can be cured. I have seen a few of such patients and I'm sure my colleagues here have too. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How common is colon cancer in young people aged 18-24?

How common is colon cancer in young people aged 18-24?

Not common: Less than 1% of that population has colon cancer. Why do you ask? ...Read more

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What exactly is the most common age to get colon cancer?

What exactly is the most common age to get colon cancer?

After 60 years of ag: It is disease of middle age an dolder years (over 60-65 years.). ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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