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Doctor insights on: Colon Cancer Diet After Surgery

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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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Following colon cancer surgery, is it safe to undergo chemo treatments when the liver isn't 100% healthy? Liver damaged slightly due to past drinking, no alcohol consumed for over 25 years now. Always healthy and strong. Exercise and healthy diet always.

Following colon cancer surgery, is it safe to undergo chemo treatments when the liver isn't 100% healthy? Liver damaged slightly due to past drinking, no alcohol consumed for over 25 years now. Always healthy and strong.  Exercise and healthy diet always.

Probably yes: Chemotherapy for colon cancer is typically a regime abbreviated to folfox. There is an agent which has some liver toxicity but is generally safe. You will be closely monitored while on chemotherapy. And the oncologist will take into account your liver function and history before stsrting therapy. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my wife's grandpa had surgery for colon cancer today?

What do you suggest if my wife's grandpa had surgery for colon cancer today?

Be family: This might be a great time for a family get-together. What does Grand Dad want? As he is recovering and may need help, the family can work together to make his life better. You'll know in a few days whether a cure is likely. If so, celebrate. Of course you all know to get colon cancer surveillance. You know the illness isn't catching and Grand Dad may enjoy a few hugs. ...Read more

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If a person gets treated of colon cancer without surgery how maximum life he can live?

If a person gets treated of colon cancer without surgery how maximum life he can live?

Long time: Colon cancer that is treated with out surgery, example colon cancer removed by colonscopy usually will have very good results. If a colon cancer is not treated it can obviously lead to spread and metastasis. You can calculate life span based on the stage of the cancer and how it is or is not treated. ...Read more

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Grandmother has to go into surgery because colon cancer.. What will the outcome be like. She's over 75years old& is very ill...

Grandmother has to go into surgery because colon cancer.. What will the outcome be like. She's over 75years old& is very ill...

Colon cancer: Sorry to hear about your grandmother's woes. The outcome of colon cancer depends on many factors, related to the extent and type of tumor and also to the underlying medical status of the patient who has the tumor. The best person to ask about this is usually the patient's oncologist. Good luck to your grandmother and to you! ...Read more

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Please help! what happens during colon cancer surgery?

Please help! what happens during colon cancer surgery?

Surgery: Colon cancer surgery would be done under full general anesthesia. Open or laparoscopic surgery can be 2 options. The offending part of the colon and nearby lymph nodes are removed. Most often the colon is then connected back together. Less often a colostomy is needed. Discuss with the operating surgeon to get more specific details. ...Read more

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Do 33 year women after colon cancer and surgery, chemotherapy can have baby?Thank you

Do 33 year women after colon cancer and surgery, chemotherapy can have baby?Thank you

Yes: Chemotherapy may supress the ovarian function and may affect one's fertility. However, i think she will actually gradually gain the ovarian function back again- post chemo. Thus theoritically if she wishes to be pregnant -she could have a baby. ...Read more

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Colon cancer stage 3b but after surgery CEA level dropped from 13 to 1.8 what does it mean?

Colon cancer stage 3b but after surgery CEA level dropped from 13 to 1.8 what does it mean?

Tumor markers: Cea is a tumor marker it does not occur with all colon cancers but the fact that it dropped so abruptly is a positive sign. The marker has the ability to be used to monitor for recurrence. This does by no means indicates you are done. There are a number of treatments for colon cancer and you should recruit the serviceces of a board certified medical oncologist for an opinion on tx options. ...Read more

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What to expect after a colon cancer surgery stage 1?

Prognosis is good: Generally, after proper cancer surgery for stage i colon cancer, the prognosis is good and no adjuvant therapies are needed. ...Read more

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Will I have to get surgery and a colostomy if I have colon cancer?

Will I have to get surgery and a colostomy if I have colon cancer?

Yes; rarely: The primary treatment for colon and rectal cancer is surgical removal. Some rectal cancers are so close to the anus that it is impossible to remove it without having a colostomy; thankfully, this is the exception rather than the rule. ...Read more

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How effective is a laparoscopic surgery for treating colon cancer?

How effective is a laparoscopic surgery for treating colon cancer?

Depends: Laparoscopic surgery is highly effective for removing all or portions of the colon. Treatment of the cancer is dependent on how early/advanced the disease process is. It is a good idea to be in a location where a multidisciplinary approach to the cancer can be done - experienced laparoscopic surgeons, oncologists, radiation oncologists, and diagnostic radiologists can all help. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I need surgery for colon cancer. Will I need to wear a bag (colostomy) forever?

Depends: Your surgery depends on the location of the cancer. If the tumor is low in the rectum or involves the anal sphincters you may need the area removed resulting in a permanent colostomy (bag). There are options that can decrease the likelihood of a colostomy in this case. This certainly depends on what you have. Ask your doctor. A colon and rectal surgeon specializes in this surgery. ...Read more

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

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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Can colon cancer spread to a aortocaval node ? This was note few months after surgery by a pet scan .

Can colon cancer spread to a aortocaval node ? This was note few months after surgery by a pet scan .

Yes: Colon cancer can indeed spread to that lymph node, as well as to others. Also, PET scans can give false positive results. Confer with your doctor. ...Read more

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Age 79, male, colon cancer Pt3n1b, surgery finished. Chemotherapy or radiotherapy recommended ? or both?

Age 79, male, colon cancer Pt3n1b, surgery finished. Chemotherapy or radiotherapy recommended ? or both?

More info: The molecular and some of the subtle microscopic features must also be considered. Then the odds with and without different modalities can be reviewed. It will be your choice. ...Read more

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How many months/ years does it take for mets to be visible with colon cancer ? My dad had all clear scans until after surgery.

How many months/ years does it take for mets to be visible with colon cancer ? My dad had all clear scans until after surgery.

6 mo to one year: Many feel that if a lesion is localized, Dukes A that mets wont occur. If a C2 lesion with 4 or more nodes present and preop scans are neg while there is a high incidence of recurrent or metastatic tumor it will take somewhere around one year for cells that have broken free prior to surgery to implant and grow to present with scan visibility. That's why in such cases adjuvanct chemo employed . ...Read more

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Colon cancer pt. surgery done . Aortocaval node contains a met. Is this dangerous ? Can it cause issues ? What best treatment for it ?

If + is stage 4: With nodal disease a PET scan essential to RO other lesions. If solitary and hasnt responded to chemo then surgical reesection is important because of growth and invasion of aorta. We have resected portions of aora for such lesions. Newer therapy after chemo include mAbs like Neo 102 on FDA study.for chemo failure colon CA ...Read more

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My friend has had surgery for colon cancer but has been told she possibly has another 5cm tumour attached to the aorta.... can this be removed too?

My friend has had surgery for colon cancer but has been told she possibly has another 5cm tumour attached to the aorta.... can this be removed too?

Probably not: If this is "adenocarcinoma of the colon", then the tumor next to the aorta represents growth outside the wall of the colon, which means it isn't possible to cure this with surgery. However, it is important to confirm that the mass is a recurrence or extension of the primary colon cancer. If so, then radiation and chemotherapy can help, but are not likely to cure the cancer. ...Read more

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What is a colostomy, and why do so many people need them after colon cancer surgery?

What is a colostomy, and why do so many people need them after colon cancer surgery?

Colostomy : A colostomy is the end of the colon brought through the abdominal wall and attached to the skin. A "bag" is placed over this to collect the stool. It is a possibility for rectal cancer, not typically needed for colon cancer. It is not really that common but is needed it the cancer involves the anal sphincters. ...Read more

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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

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Can you successfully treat a recurrent colon cancer? This is my mothers third time.Had all lymph nodes removed after first surgery i

Can you successfully treat a recurrent colon cancer? This is my mothers third time.Had all lymph nodes removed after first surgery i

Colon cancer: It appears your mother's colon cancer has been recurrent over a period of years, meaning it is not likely to cure her microscopic disease. That said, her disease can be managed for as long as individual foci can be targetted and more widespread disease cannot be controlled. There is no exact timeline on that, but regular follow up with her doctors should monitor her status/control/progression. ...Read more

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If colon cancer was there several years n now removed - why only after surgery a liver met appears ? All prior scans were showing no distant spread ?

If colon cancer was there several years n now removed - why only after surgery a liver met appears ? All prior scans were showing no distant spread ?

Not unusual.: It sometimes takes years for a metastasis in the liver or elsewhere to become large enough to be seen with the tests that we have available, such as CT scans or pet scans. If the metastasis is isolated and small, it may still be able to be treated. Be sure to discuss this in depth with your oncologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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What should we expect from liver & colon cancer? Daddy 63 yrs.His liver is completely gone.Doctors say it would't be much help to surgery on his colon.

What should we expect from liver & colon cancer? Daddy 63 yrs.His liver is completely gone.Doctors say it would't be much help to surgery on his colon.

Unlikely Cure: My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Colon cancer that has spread entirely into the liver is in very advanced stages. Treatment for colon cancer has 2 attacks - local and systemic. The surgery only treats local disease, not the spread. The problem with surgery is that chemotherapy gets delayed - and chemo is the only way to treat the systemic disease, which is the bigger problem now. ...Read more

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Grandmother had surgery to remove part of her enlarged colon(cancer)& now about6months later doc says cancer returned&wants to put her in Chemo-advice?

Grandmother had surgery to remove part of her enlarged colon(cancer)& now about6months later doc says cancer returned&wants to put her in Chemo-advice?

It depends on her wi: Chemotherapy is commonly used for recurrence of colon Cancer. if your Grandma(GM) is physically fit and able to take care of herself, then it is likely that she can tolerate chemotherapy. Seek input from a medical oncologist in your area and have him/her guide your GM's future care. ...Read more

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After having colon cancer they found me 4 tumor cancer in the liver. They are giving me chemoteraphy to reduce the sizes. And then perform surgery. What are my chances to survive?

After having colon cancer they found me 4 tumor cancer in the liver. They are giving me chemoteraphy to reduce the sizes. And then perform surgery. What are my chances to survive?

Worth the chance: It is worth pursuing the chance at long term survival in the situation of liver metastasis from colorectal cancer. One key to this is seeking care from an experienced surgeon that specializes in heptobiliary surgery. Treating all the tumors is important. If complete resection is not possible, consider adding in other local treatments such as thermal ablation or stereotactic radiation. ...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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Stomach pain after 2 months colon cancer surgery? Could it be my cancer is not cured?

Stomach pain after 2 months colon cancer surgery?   Could it be my cancer is not cured?

Many things...: Can cause "stomach pain." many possibilities include viral flu, constipation, intestinal gas, gastritis, stomach ulcers, gallbladder, hernia, intestinal obstruction if vomiting, etc. You need to see your doctor or your surgeon for a physical examination and appropriate testing to be able to tell what you may have. I also do not know the type & stage of your previous cancer for possible risks. ...Read more

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Mom is having colon cancer surgery at age 63. How long before bowels move and she can eat?

Mom is having colon cancer surgery at age 63. How long before bowels move and she can eat?

Depends on recovery: After colon cancer surgery, most people are able to start an oral diet in 24-36 hours, are on a regular diet by postop day 4 or 5, and have a bowel movement by day 4 or 5 as well. Of course, there is a range of acceptable. Also, these approximate ranges can vary significantly in complicated situations. Best of luck to your mother; she has a good advocate in you. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Berry
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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