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If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

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

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 children get colon cancer?

Can children get colon cancer?

Yes: Usually adult children. The youngest patient I have seen in my practice with a family history of colon cancer, was first diagnosed at age 18. ...Read more

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Where does colon cancer spread to?

Where does colon cancer spread to?

Colon ca mets: Most commonly to the liver. Then to the lungs. Rectal cancer may spread to lung before spreading to liver. ...Read more

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How fast does colon cancer spread?

How fast does colon cancer spread?

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

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How can colon cancer affect the body?

How can colon cancer affect the body?

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

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What does colon cancer do to my body?

What does colon cancer do to my body?

Depends...: I like dr. Kaplan's answer but want to add that colon cancer may be silent until it's too late. Screening is very important therefore. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer affect the body?

How does colon cancer affect the body?

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

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End stage colon cancer what to expect?

End stage colon cancer what to expect?

Check out website: Please check out www. Michaelsmission. Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. ...Read more

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How rare is colon cancer in a 25 year old?

How rare is colon cancer in a 25 year old?

Pretty rare: Please check out www. Michaelsmission. Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the stages of colon cancer?

Can you tell me the stages of colon cancer?

Colon cancer staging: Please open this website- a very useful resource with a very nice illustration.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/colon/patient/page2. ...Read more

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What does colon cancer generally look like?

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

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What are the common symptoms of colon cancer?

What are the common symptoms of colon cancer?

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

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Can you get colon cancer from wall thickening?

No: Causes of wall thickening are usually inflammation. Still, you should continue to be checked until the thickening disappears. ...Read more

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What foods can reduce the risk of colon cancer?

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

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What factors affect prognosis with colon cancer?

What factors affect prognosis with colon cancer?

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

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Who are the people that are prone to colon cancer?

Who are the people that are prone to colon cancer?

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

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Should women be more concerned about colon cancer?

Should women be more concerned about colon cancer?

Maybe.: Overall, colon cancer is more common in men than women in the United States. However, genetics, age, and lifestyle factors can alter an individual's risk. ...Read more

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What makes people more susceptible to colon cancer?

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

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How many people suffer from colon cancer in the us?

How many people suffer from colon cancer in the us?

150, 000: Colon cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. In 2007 there were 150, 000 new cases diagnosed and 53, 000 deaths from colon cancer. Those are pretty good estimates although a couple of years old. ...Read more

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What's the chance of colon cancer in males under 40?

Not common: Colon cancer is not common in men under 40 except in patients with a strong family history and those with inherited colon cancer syndromes such as lynch syndrome. ...Read more

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What is a most common manifestation of colon cancer?

What is a most common manifestation of colon cancer?

No symptom: Get a colonoscopy if age over 50, sooner if family history of colon cancer or having symptoms (blood in stool, prologued diarrhea, unexplained abd pain, weight loss, bowel obstruction). ...Read more

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When am I at most risk for colon cancer? At what age?

When am I at most risk for colon cancer? At what age?

Risk rises with age: Risk of colon cancer starts to rose significantly around are 45, and the risk continues to rise with every passing decade of life, though there is a hint that the rate of rise slows down in the ninth decade of life. ...Read more

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Does cohn disease increase your risk for colon cancer?

While Chron's can: Have varied course, it can affect the entire gut. It's cousin, ulcerative colitis that affects the large bowel, is the cancer prone malady. Chron's, aka regional enteritis, can cause a great deal of misery, but it is not usually a cancer prone illness. ...Read more

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Is there a way to help my husband survive colon cancer?

Is there a way to help my husband survive colon cancer?

Survive: Support (emotional, spiritual, family, friends), proper therapy-surgery (depending on stage). Colon cancer has many treatment option (that's the positive of it) and many are cured. Again, it depends on what stage is your husband's stage. I'll pray for him and you. ...Read more

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Which cancer is more dangerous: rectal or colon cancer?

The higher stage: The one with the higher stage would be more dangerous. ...Read more

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Please describe the very early symptoms of colon cancer?

Please describe the very early symptoms of colon cancer?

Maybe none: First signs may be invisible rectal bleeding, changes to bowel function. Early colon cancers will have no symptoms. Colonoscopy is a way to find a colon cancer early. ...Read more

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What to do when a person is suffering from colon cancer?

What to do when a person is suffering from colon cancer?

Surgery, then...: The first line of treatment for colon cancer is surgical removal. Once removed, adjunctive therapies can include chemotherapy or radiation, plus close monitoring. In a few select situations pre-op radiation and chemo may be given to reduce the tumour size before resection. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the common age for colon cancer?

Could you tell me what's the common age for colon cancer?

>50 years unless: You have predisposing risks such as ulcerative colitis or familial polyposis. That is why screening colonscopy is recommended at that age. ...Read more

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What is the daily life like of a person with colon cancer?

What is the daily life like of a person with colon cancer?

Like anyone else...: I have colon cancer. It has been successfully operated and removed. I didn't need chemo. Half of my colon is gone and I use the bathroom a bit more often than before. I otherwise eat and drink what I wish to have. I perform all my usual daily activities, surgery, on call, office hours etc. Function will be mostly determined by tumor burden and any spread. More advanced cases may be more limited. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the youngest age to get colon cancer?

Please help! What is the youngest age to get colon cancer?

With some genetic: Disorders it can occur at very young ages, as young as 20. Hnpcc and lynch syndrome are associated with these early age colon cancers. ...Read more

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At which ages are you more likely at risk for colon cancer?

At which ages are you more likely at risk for colon cancer?

Depends: People at risk for colon polyps and colon cancer are at most risk between age 50 and 75 and thus should be screened via colonoscopy or other means. If a personal or family history is present screening should begin before age 50. ...Read more

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What are the odds of developing colon cancer under age 20?

What are the odds of developing colon cancer under age 20?

Risk rises with age: Risk of colon cancer starts to rise significantly around age 45, and the risk continues to rise with every passing decade of life, though there is a hint that the rate of rise slows down in the ninth decade of life. If you have symptoms of colon cancer, though, you need medical attention no matter how young you are. ...Read more

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What are my chances of getting colon cancer? How common is it?

What are my chances of getting colon cancer? How common is it?

Possibility: The number of new cases of colon and rectum cancer is 43.7 per 100, 000 men and women per year. The number of deaths was 15.9 per 100, 000 men and women per year. The lesions begin in the bowel as premalignant cells in a field effect and at times can be detected early in the form of a polyp by colonoscopy. The probable cause is a polyoma virus involving the bowel. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if my uncle has had colon cancer, will I have it?

Not necessarily: Colon cancer does run in families, but outside of a small proportion of genetic mutations, the risk of any other member of the family getting colon cancer is unknown. If multiple people in your family and extended family have had colon cancer, the american cancer society does change its recommendations on when you should have your first colonoscopy. In some cases, genetic testing is warranted. ...Read more

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I wanted to know iif there is signs of colon cancer? And if so what are they

Variable: From no signs at all to rectal bleeding, change in bowels, more diarrhea or constipation, abdominal pain, change in stool caliber. But many patients have no symptoms at all. If you are over 50 or if you have a family history or any of the above symptoms, see a colorectal surgeon for evaluation and colonoscopy if indicated. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to have colon cancer earlier than grandparent who had it?

Anything possible: It is possible, but it depends on the age that your grandparent had cancer and if you have a familial mutation.
If your grandparent was elderly and there is no sign of a strong family history it is no more likely than the average person. ...Read more

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What is a good way to determine if you have colon cancer or cancer of that sort?

What is a good way to determine if you have colon cancer or cancer of that sort?

See a doctor: You cannot tell yourself unless you are seeing a change in your bowel habits or rectal bleeding. Needs a physical exam with a doctor & possibly may need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

Suppository (Definition)

A suppository is a drug delivery system that is inserted into the rectum (rectal suppository), vagina (vaginal suppository) or urethra (urethral suppository), where it dissolves or melts. They are used to deliver both systemically-acting and locally-acting medications. The alternative term for delivery of medicine via such ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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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