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Doctor insights on: Colon Cancer And Gallbladder Removal

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Does having gallbladder removed increase risk of colon cancer? Or does gallbladder removal cause colon cancer?

Does having gallbladder removed increase risk of colon cancer? Or does gallbladder removal cause colon cancer?

Gallbladder: No
not at all
if you need your gallbladder out then do it because the risk of gallbladder disease far far outweighs any slight theoretical risk of colon cancer. ...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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Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

No: Past medical studies did not link gallbladder surgery to colon cancer. Most all of the bile is reabsorbed by the small intestine & returned to the liver, with or without the gallbladder. Excess bile getting to the colon will cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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What is the likelyhood of a sudden polyp in gallbladder being cancer after colon cancer in person with lynch syndrome?

What is the likelyhood of a sudden polyp in gallbladder being cancer after colon cancer in person with lynch syndrome?

Low but possible: Cancer of the gallbladder is associated with hnpcc/lynch syndrome but, overall most gallbladder polyps are benign. I would speak with your GI doctor as a cholecystectomy may be advised depending on the size and how long it's been there. ...Read more

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Gallbladder surgery and colon cancer, can you tell me more about the relationship?

Gallbladder surgery and colon cancer, can you tell me more about the relationship?

None: There usually is no relation between removal of the GB and colon cancer. Given your age both colon cancer and GB cancer are unlikely. Removing your GB does not increase risk if colon cancer. ...Read more

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Is there a link between removing gall bladder and colon cancer?

Is there a link between removing gall bladder and colon cancer?

No: This was studied by medical research many years ago & no association was found between cholecystectomy and developing colon cancer. ...Read more

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Pain in left side & abnormal BM for month- liver, lungs, blood, urine, endoscopy, kidneys, gall bladder, lungs, heart, all ok - possible colon cancer?

Pain in left side & abnormal BM for month- liver, lungs, blood, urine, endoscopy, kidneys, gall bladder, lungs, heart, all ok - possible colon cancer?

Here are some. ..: For the time being, watch for possible food indigestion. Besides, continue to watch for possible colonic diverticulitis. Note that every illness always displays itself along its course & pattern of full spectrum. So, still seek professional attention & counseling timely. Don't give up; time & patience will unfold the true story of an event timely. ...Read more

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Is there a rough estimate range for the cost of the colon cancer surgery (tumor removal) in us?

Surgery cost: The hospital bill depend on the type of colon cancer surgery. There is very little transparency in these fees. Most hospitals will give you an estimate if they know the surgeons procedure code. Open surgery is likely less expensive than laparoscopic or robotic surgery because the equipment charges are less. The most imporant thing is the quality of the surgeon, see if they can help. ...Read more

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Please explain why does the doctor not let my dad drink water after his colon cancer removal surgery?

Please explain why does the doctor not let my dad drink water after his colon cancer removal surgery?

Ileus: After abdominal surgery, especially for colon, the combination of handling the intestines, and surgery itself leads to "bowels going to sleep" which means that they do not move in a coordinated fashion. It takes several days for the bowels to "wake up" and if you give patients food while the bowels are asleep they can become distended and vomit. Usually we wait until the patient passes gas. ...Read more

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GI problem. I am 68, male and had my retum removed due to colon cancer. After the removal I had loose stools and went on Immodium for 8 years but then stopped. What else could this be? Tests for malabsorption?

GI problem. I am 68, male and had my retum removed due to colon cancer. After the removal I had loose stools and went on Immodium for 8 years but then stopped. What else could this be? Tests for malabsorption?

Loss of bowel: When rectum removed one usually has anal region resected otherwise this was a low anterior resection removing left colon to anal canal just above sphincters which control bowel movement. Function of left colon is to absorb remaining water in stool as it approaches rectum. If too much resected then liquid stool approaches anal canal and loose or liquefied stool approaches anus. Try Lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) ...Read more

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Chance of developing colon cancer 20 months after colonoscopy removal 5mm polyp removed. Having ct scan with and without contrast for left quad pain?

Chance of developing colon cancer 20 months after colonoscopy removal 5mm polyp removed. Having ct scan with and without contrast for left quad pain?

See below: If the colonoscopy was done properly, you are very unlikely to have colon cancer 20 months after the procedure.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer hurt?

Does colon cancer hurt?

Usually not: Early stages of colon cancer often have no symptoms. Colon cancer has long developmental stages starting out as polyps and can take yrs to develop, hence screening colonoscopy is done every 10 yrs for normal folks. Polyps can be removed during colonoscopy. Advanced cancer can cause pain by obstructing bowel, spread to liver, bone, brain, lung etc. See doc regulalry. Good luck. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer begin?

How does colon cancer begin?

Polyps.: Polyps (adenomas) are small, benign masses that can form within the colon. The life cycle of the mucus membranes of the colon becomes disrupted, either from genetic or environmental reasons, causing growth of polyps. If polyp growth continues abnormally, they have the potential to develop into an invasive lesion and become cancerous. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer spread?

How does colon cancer spread?

Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes are the way colon cancer cells usually escape the colon. It can grow through the colon into the surroundings. Finally it can move from lymph nodes into the blood stream that flows to the liver. When the colon is examined, and if lymph nodes are involved, chemotherapy is recommended. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Can be: The fastest-growers are the ones that follow genetic pathways associated with the lynch loci. They may not even be preceded by a polyp -- colonoscopy can be clean one year, and a year later, there's a cancer. That's actually quite fast as cancers go. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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39 old enough for colon cancer?

39 old enough for colon cancer?

Yes: But not that common unless you have increased inherited risk factors. ...Read more

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Afraid to death I have colon cancer?

Afraid to death I have colon cancer?

Let's talk about it: Either you do or you don't. You can find out by getting colonoscoped. You're old enough that this should be available. Grit your teeth and resolve you'[l accept whatever finding the test gives. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have colon cancer?

How can I tell if I have colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: Excellent screening, and or diagnostic test. No other cancer has superior screening test than colon cancer. Go and get one. Talk to doctor about proper time to do it. ...Read more

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Iwould like to know about colon cancer?

Iwould like to know about colon cancer?

See below: Too much to say, too little space. Look in these websites: american cancer society and national cancer institute (cancer. Org and cancer. Gov respectively). ...Read more

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Help please! Is colon cancer hereditary?

Can be: Most colon cancers relate more to lifestyle than inheritance but some patients do have an inherited predisposition, be it in the setting of multiple polyps (like fap or myh) or not (lynch syndrome). Families with this have early onset colon cancer and other cancers as well. Talk to your doc about this to see if you need to visit a specialist in inherited malignancies. Remember to live healthy. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer generally develop?

From polyps usually: Almost all colon cancers start off as a polyp, hence the push for colonoscopy screening looking for polyps. Only 20% of colon cancers are hereditary, meaning the rest are environmentally related to foods we eat and chemicals we are exposed too. If you are over 50 or have risl factors get regular colonoscopies. ...Read more

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I'm afraid to death I have colon cancer?

I'm afraid to death I have colon cancer?

It depends: Hi yv3tt3. Colon cancer is often diagnosed when a person has symptoms such as bleeding from the rectum or a significant change in bowel habits. Sometimes people will experience abdominal pain as well. If you have any of these symptoms, your doctor may want to order a ct scan or a colonoscopy. Thanks for using health tap! ...Read more

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How do I reduce my risk for colon cancer?

How do I reduce my risk for colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: Get regular colonoscopies starting at age 50. ...Read more

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What is the risk of getting colon cancer?

What is the risk of getting colon cancer?

Also: Personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps and inflammatory bowel disease, especially ulcerative colitis. Personal history of breast cancer can also increase your risk. Talk to a specialist such as a colorectal surgeon or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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How likely is survival with colon cancer?

How likely is survival with colon cancer?

Depends on: Stage at diagnosis. Early cancers have excellent prognosis, whereas more advanced stages have poorer outlook. This is exactly why screening is important for this particular cancer. ...Read more

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What symptoms are common in colon cancer?

Some late symptoms: Are rectal bleeding or black stools (melena) depending on location of cancer, abdominal pain, distention, change in bowel habits. But these are late signs. To catch them early, you need fecal occult blood test or colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Can polps or colon cancer come on quickly?

Can polps or colon cancer come on quickly?

Not over night: Transformation of polyp to cancer takes long time in most of the cases, that is the reason surveillance colonoscopy is done couple of years later, people with low immunity the tumor growth will be will be rapid. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer affect your tissues?

How does colon cancer affect your tissues?

No effect: A small growing lesion can be present in bowel for several years and be asymptomatic. As a tumor grows and invades blood stream, it does elaborate an inhibitory molecule paralyzing the host immune system, that is mutated mitochondrial DNA. Should the lesion metastasize to liver it can obstruct bile ducts eventually compromising liver function. Colon Ca screening important. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of colon cancer?

Colon cancer: Symptoms of colon cancer include rectal bleeding, weight-loss, abdominal pain, and change in bowel habits. Patients may not have any symptoms at all though. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more


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