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Colon Cancer And Dizzy Spells
Bag is rarely needed: Colostomy (external bag) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery. It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery. ...Read more
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
I recently had a colon resection for stage 0 colon cancer. It was an open surgery w a large scar. I am experiencing dizziness when I stand from siting?
What laboratory exams are typically ordered to follow a year (s) after a successful colon cancer surgery?
Generally: Depending on a patient's overall health, once or twice yearly physical examination, basic blood tests, maybe yearly colonoscopy. Blood CEA testing sometimes. Also depends on the stage & grade of the cancer at the time of diagnosis. X- ray or ct scan not a routine usually unless there are clinical concerns. ...Read more
Grandmother died of colon cancer in her 70s. Granddaughter has had 3 clean colonoscopies in her 50 s. How often should I be screened?
Yes, over 50: Every one over 50 years should undergo colonoscopy. If there is a history of colon cancer in the family, it can be done earlier. The biggest discomfort is the bowel prep to get ready for test. If you don't want a colonoscopy, it can be done by ct scans and performing virtual colonoscopy. Early colon cancer usually begins as a polyp and is curable. Colonoscopy is generally repeated every 5 years. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on familial risks of colon cancer and any inherited disorders linked to the possibility of colon cancer such as polyposis conditions. Generally, risks of colon cancer are higher after age 50. A cleveland clinic site states that less than 2% of colon cancer occurs under age 40. Even less common to have colon cancer in age 30's or younger. ...Read more
My grandmothers mom had colon cancer in her 70's. My grandmother is still alive and mom has no risks but should we be screened early because of this?
Take a test: Because your grandmother had colon cancer, your mother is considered to be at risk and since I suspect she is in her 50's, she should have a screening colonoscopy. There are on-line risk assessment tools for risk for colon cancer - you might try the test located at the following url: http://digestive. Ccf. Org/. ...Read more
In colon cancer patients, y do some hae higher cea"s (like in the 100, s) and some don't? My dad's CEA stands at 10 at present while on irinotecan
Change in level: Changes in the level of CEA are more useful for monitoring the course of disease than one reading. There is wide variation in CEA levels in patients with colon as well as other cancers. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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