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Is stage 4 colon cancer terminal?

Is stage 4 colon cancer terminal?

Not good, but: Each person is unique. Discss this question w/ the doctors involved in treatment. It's not good, but there are certainly cases that will do better than others. All life ends. Stage 4 cancer is quite advanced and life expectancy is shortened significantly. Overall health can matter a lot for how long and how good. ...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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Do you think I have colon cancer? Bleeding from rectum

Do you think I have colon cancer? Bleeding from rectum

Maybe: Get checked. Could be anal fissure or hemorrhoids. Don't want to miss a cancer in its early stages. ...Read more

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My brother passed two years ago with colon cancer so I'm a bit worried now about the bleeding from my bum.

My brother passed two years ago with colon cancer so I'm a bit worried now about the bleeding from my bum.

Get seen: You don't list your family history in regards to colon cancer or his age at diagnosis, but rectal bleeding is never normal, particularly with a history of cancer in your brother. Recommend seeing your family physician with consideration for GI evaluation. ...Read more

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Do all colon cancer patients have rectal bleeding?

Do all colon cancer patients have rectal bleeding?

Not always.: Early in colon cancer, there are typically NO symptoms until the cancer tumor grows large enough that it begins to cause problems in the digestive tract. Small, asymptomatic cancers can be found by screening colonoscopy. Larger tumors may cause changes in bowel habits (diarrhea/constipation/change in consistency of stool), blood in stool, unexplained weight loss, weakness/fatigue, persistent pain ...Read more

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Had rectal bleeding for a few weeks 2.5 years ago. No bleeding since. Dr said it was likely fissure that healed. Would colon cancer continue to bleed?

Had rectal bleeding for a few weeks 2.5 years ago. No bleeding since. Dr said it was likely fissure that healed. Would colon cancer continue to bleed?

Rectal bleeding: If your rectal bleeding has come back, then okay to get in to your doc for evaluation. More likely this is a hemorrhoid or recurrent fissure. Cancer in your age group is very low incidence. However, an exam under anesthesia will lead to a diagnosis, and treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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24 yr old bright red rectal bleeding for a few weeks almost 3 years ago. No bleeding or symptoms since. Dr said ok. Would colon cancer continue to bleed?

24 yr old bright red rectal bleeding for a few weeks almost 3 years ago. No bleeding or symptoms since. Dr said ok. Would colon cancer continue to bleed?

No Rules: Unlikely that after all this time, there would be a cancer not causing symptoms. However, cancer does not follow rules.
If there was bleeding, some evaluation should have been done, and maybe still should. ...Read more

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Gastrointestinal pain and bleeding, prior colon cancer. Who do I see?

Gastrointestinal pain and bleeding, prior colon cancer. Who do I see?

See Doctor Soon: I recommend that you return to see your cancer surgeon, medical oncologist, or gastroenterologist as soon as possible. Any of these doctors can order the appropriate tests to get to the bottom of this. ...Read more

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Has rectal bleeding when she is constipated. Can this be a sign of colon cancer?

Has rectal bleeding when she is constipated. Can this be a sign of colon cancer?

Eval: Possible causes include: fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, cancer, infections or inflammation. Although rough, dry stool could lead to hemorrhoids or bleeding - you can not just assume that is the reason for bleeding. Get evaluated if more than a one time occurence. ...Read more

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IFOBT test Dec 2014, no occult blood. April 2nd, 2015 minor rectal bleeding, stop 1 day after. April 17th, 2015 started again. I'm 22. Colon cancer?

IFOBT test Dec 2014, no occult blood. April 2nd, 2015 minor rectal bleeding, stop 1 day after. April 17th, 2015 started again. I'm 22. Colon cancer?

Possibly hemorrhoids: Most rectal bleed is usually from hemorrhoids, cancer is extremely rare especially at this age, but needs to be ruled out, therefore a specialist either general surgeon or gastroenterologist is necessary. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has colon cancer and his body is so weak to a point were he can sleep all day and still feels so tired and he's been bleeding profusely e?

My boyfriend has colon cancer and his body is so weak to a point were he can sleep all day and still feels so tired and he's been bleeding profusely e?

See answer: Very sorry to hear this. I wasn't sure what question you were asking? Is he in hospice? If so contact them immediately for advice. Otherwise, If he is bleeding profusely he should be transported to an ER for evaluation. ...Read more

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Would post menopause vaginal bleeding be a sign of colon cancer?

Would post menopause vaginal bleeding be a sign of colon cancer?

Uterine Cancer: Post menopausal bleeding without a cause (hormone replacement therapy is the most common) is uterine cancer until proven otherwise. Get to a gyn asap. ...Read more

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I don't drink alcohol at all and still have rectal bleeding, could I have colon cancer?

I don't drink alcohol at all and still have rectal bleeding, could I have colon cancer?

Maybe: Rectal bleeding is never normal. It always needs to be checked out by a physician. There are many causes of rectal bleeding. It could be something as simple as a hemorrhoid or something as serious as colon cancer. ...Read more

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How accurate % Is the schebo stool test in colon cancer? I mean how can it miss a tumor since it decects bleeding and nonbleeding tumors

How accurate % Is the schebo stool test in colon cancer? I mean how can it miss a tumor since it decects bleeding and nonbleeding tumors

Schebo colon ca test: ScheBo tumor M2-PK Stool Test is a totally new approach for bowel cancer screening. Previously, only non-specific tests for blood in the stool could be used to give an indication of an existing bowel cancer (24% accuracy). With the new ELISA method for Tumor marker M2-PK in the stool it′s now possible to detect bleeding or non-bleeding bowel cancers, as well as polyps (80-90%, sen.- specificity) ...Read more

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Is post menopause bleeding and pelvic pain a sign of colon cancer? Endo cancer ruled out as biopsy clear.

Is post menopause bleeding and pelvic pain a sign of colon cancer? Endo cancer ruled out as biopsy clear.

No: Vaginal bleeding is gyn not colon! Uterine ca is not ruled out by a pap. Need a d+c to look for uterine ca. ...Read more

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Does a intestinal or colon cancer show in a blood test thru the WBC? And if there is no bleeding is it possible to be cancer?

Does a intestinal or colon cancer show in a blood test thru the WBC? And if there is no bleeding is it possible to be cancer?

No and yes: There is a blood test that we use in colon cancer, however it is not advised for screening.

There can be colon cancer without bleeding. Only 25% of colon cancers present with bleeding. ...Read more

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Rectal bleeding. Thin stools. I'm 18 and have no cancer in my family! Is it safe to say that I DON'T have colon cancer given my age and family history?

Rectal bleeding. Thin stools. I'm 18 and have no cancer in my family! Is it safe to say that I DON'T have colon cancer given my age and family history?

Yes: It is unlikely that you have colon cancer but an evaluation is needed to see why you have rectal bleeding. You could have hemorrhoids or just be constipated. You should not have regular recital bleeding. ...Read more

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25 y/o. Recurrent anal bleeding. Blood in toilet, paper, can't tell if on feces or from dripping. Maternal grandfather had colon cancer. Anysuggestion?

25 y/o. Recurrent anal bleeding. Blood in toilet, paper, can't tell if on feces or from dripping. Maternal grandfather had colon cancer. Anysuggestion?

You need a medical c: A medical check up is required to find the cause of your rectal bleeding. It could be hemorrhoids but occasionally it can be something more serious. So you need to go see a doctor soon and find out the cause. Then they can offer you treatment to cure the problem. ...Read more

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I had post menopause bleeding. Not endometril cancer as biopsy clear. Pap smear ok. Ultrasound shows slight hyperplasia. But could it be colon cancer?

I had post menopause bleeding. Not endometril cancer as biopsy clear. Pap smear ok. Ultrasound shows slight hyperplasia. But could it be colon cancer?

Please clarify...: Are you asking about a source of vaginal bleeding, bleeding per rectum, or are you not sure of the site of bleeding? At age 51, you certainly qualify for and should undergo a screening colon exam (if you have not already accomplished same within the intervals established by medical convention). ...Read more

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My mom, has had vomiting diarrhea for 5 days. She also is having bladder spasm now. Her dr is questioning internal bleeding and colon cancer?

My mom, has had vomiting diarrhea for 5 days. She also is having bladder spasm now. Her dr is questioning internal bleeding and colon cancer?

Unusual presentation: She is most likely dehydrated with 5 days of vomiting and diarrhea. If she is admitted to hospital for hydration that is very reasonable. For cancer of the GI tract obstruction might occur usually not vomiting and diarrhea. Your doctor will try to make her better then do testing to determine if she has a tumor. Colon cancer is 3rd most common cancer after lung and breast. ...Read more

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Colon cancer, bleeding mass, havng cath/stent/bypass. Risk of hemorrhage/complications from thinners during/after procedures? No CAD symptom, pos tgxt

Too complicated...: To address in this forum. You need to ask these questions of your team of docs-your primary doc and whichever secondary docs you have: gi, surgeon, cardiologist, interventional cardiologist, cardiac surgeon, . ...Read more

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When colon cancer reach a level that causes anemia blood in stool became visible or stool became dark or rectal bleeding has started am I right?

When colon cancer reach a level that causes anemia blood in stool became visible or stool became dark or rectal bleeding has started am I right?

Not necessarily: Slow bleeding from colon cancer can lead to anemia, without visible blood or black tarry stools. More often than not, anemia is the presenting symptom, especially for right sided colon cancers. ...Read more

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What kind of bleeding is a symptom of colon cancer? Red blood in stool, black stool, or both?

What kind of bleeding is a symptom of colon cancer? Red blood in stool, black stool, or both?

Both: Or none. Bleeding may not be seen only occult blood Speak to your doctor if you are concerned at the age of 19 ...Read more

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Loosed/mushy stools for months, constant bloating, fatigue, loss of appetite & weight. No rectal bleeding or pain. Anxious about colon cancer. I'm 25.

Loosed/mushy stools for months, constant bloating, fatigue, loss of appetite & weight. No rectal bleeding or pain. Anxious about colon cancer. I'm 25.

Rare but possible: At 25 it would be very unusual to develop colorectal cancer and almost always would be related to an inherited family predisposition like having 2 or more first degree family members with colorectal cancer, ovarian or endometrial cancer or someone with a lot of polyps. At your age these symptoms are usually not cancer but you absolutely see your doctor for a check up ...Read more

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21yr old male, could this be colon cancer? Blood on stool, Rectal bleeding (bright red/darker at times,) painful bowel movement, big & hard stool, etc.

21yr old male, could this be colon cancer? Blood on stool, Rectal bleeding (bright red/darker at times,) painful bowel movement, big & hard stool, etc.

Chronic constipation: Chronic constipation can lead to hemorroidal bleeding and fecal impaction Once the stool is hard and large, medications are generally not effective initially. Treatment consists of preventing constipation through diet, bowel retraining and stool softeners. To get things moving at the beginning of treatment, Fleets enema may be necessary. Without a strong family history, cancer would be uncommon. ...Read more

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What does it mean to bleed "out" from colon cancer?

What does it mean to bleed "out" from colon cancer?

Hemorrhage: "bleed out" is jargon for significant blood loss. Generally requires intervention like transfusion, surgery, or embolization. ...Read more

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What happens when you leave colon cancer untreated and it begins to bleed?

What happens when you leave colon cancer untreated and it begins to bleed?

Complications: The natural course of untreated colon cancer includes local and systemic effects. Local effects may include bleeding, perforation, intestinal obstruction, and growth into adjacent organs. Systemic effects include spread to other organs such as the liver and lungs. Of course, the best time to treat a cancer is as soon as it is diagnosed. ...Read more

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When they say colon cancer bleeds intermittently, do they mean every few days? Week?, months? Years? My dr said most colon cancers bleed continuously.

When they say colon cancer bleeds intermittently, do they mean every few days? Week?, months? Years? My dr said most colon cancers bleed continuously.

Colon Cancer Bleed: The colon cancers that bleed are usually located on the right side of the colon. The bleeding from these cancers is usually very slow and are not often detected by the naked eye. You may notice that your bowel movements appear darker in color. More significant bleeding would appear bright red. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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. Marvin Ott
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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