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What do I do if my elderly mom have colon cancer? Please, need some answers?

What do I do if my elderly mom have colon cancer? Please, need some answers?

Sorry to hear: Can't tell you much without more details, too many variables. Best is to have a good chat with her oncologist about prognosis and treatment. There are many issues like her stage and general physical condition that will greatly affect the therapy. She may benefit of aggressive therapy or may do best with supportive care. Do remember: unless she is not competent, what to do is HER decision. ...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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Help docs? Why is osteosarcomas more common in children, but colon cancer is more common in the elderly?

Help docs? Why is osteosarcomas more common in children, but colon cancer is more common in the elderly?

Cancers: A very interesting question. Childhood cancers are different than cancers occurring in adulthood. Childhood cancers occur in developing or maturing organs such as bone is affected as matures to adulthood. Adult tumors such as colon cancer occurs after the organ had undergone insults of one kind or another. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you live being elderly stage 4 colon cancer and renal failure and sepsis?

For what length of time can you live being elderly stage 4 colon cancer and renal failure and sepsis?

Sounds like serious: Illness. Of the conditions you mentioned, sepsis is probably the worst, because it means uncontrolled infection throughout the body. Next is renal failure, but dialysis can reverse some of the effects of it. Stage 4 colon cancer means widespread disease, so prognosis is poor. To have all of these conditions at one time in one person is quite ominous. ...Read more

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Can colon cancer be diagnosed only with CT scan showing lesion in right colon in elderly patient with anaemia, weightloss but no other symptoms?

Can colon cancer be diagnosed only with CT scan showing lesion in right colon in elderly patient with anaemia, weightloss but no other symptoms?

CT: A ct colography (virtual colonoscopy) is an option if the ct is negative, but standard optical colonoscopy is the gold standard. There are limitations to both. See your gastroenterologist. Every test decision is individualized. Read more at www. Browardgi. Com. ...Read more

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Why don't women get colonoscopies considering they can get colon cancer too?

Why don't women get colonoscopies considering they can get colon cancer too?

They should: It is recommended that both men and women undergo screening colonoscopy at age 50.Women get colon cancer also. ...Read more

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I simply want to know what are the chances of colon cancer occurring at 18 years old? I'm an 18 year old female. What are the chances of colon cancer?

I simply want to know what are the chances of colon cancer occurring at 18 years old? I'm an 18 year old female. What are the chances of colon cancer?

Extremely rare: In certain cases of congenital polyposis, colon cancer may occur early. The acquired form takes 3 hits to eventually produce a field effect in specific areas of the colon. Here, polyps or cancer may arise. It is felt that this is due to secondary infection from the polyoma virus that induces the original change but then a secondary infection with EBV is needed to induce needed telomerase activit ...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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I work with a woman who has been diagnosed with colon cancer, how to help?

I work with a woman who has been diagnosed with colon cancer, how to help?

Ask her: This is not a medical answer but in my experience, everyone deals with cancer differently and will accept or appreciate different levels of help. Be ready to stand by what you offer, though. Best to both. ...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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Is a virtual colonoscopy a good choice for a 35 yo healthy female who has a family history of colon cancer?

Is a virtual colonoscopy a good choice for a 35 yo healthy female who has a family history of colon cancer?

Perhaps: Virtual colonoscopy can certainly find colon polyps. The problem is that if one is found you would have to have another colon prep and colonoscopy so that the polyp could be biopsied. If you have a strong family history or other risk factors for colon cancer colonoscopy may be the better test. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a for the most part healthy 16 year old female with no family history of cancer getting colon cancer?

What are the chances of a for the most part healthy 16 year old female with no family history of cancer getting colon cancer?

Not worth a worry: Colon Cancer typically occurs in middle aged and older folks. It is extremely rare under 30 years of age. So you need not worry about it unless you develop some serious symptoms which may then require a visit to your doctor. ...Read more

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How rare is colon cancer in a 28 year old female? My family has no history of the disease. I've recently been diagnosed with ibs.

How rare is colon cancer in a 28 year old female? My family has no history of the disease. I've recently been diagnosed with ibs.

Colon cancer: Colon cancer is rare is young people but can be see in association with diseases such as familial polyposis. Patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease involving the colon with longstanding colitis are at greater risk of developing colon or rectal cancer than the general population. Patients who develop IBD at a younger age may be at an increased risk when they are older. ...Read more

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I'm 21 year old female, my father was diagnosed and died from colon cancer, I think I may have some problem with my colon as well.

I'm 21 year old female, my father was diagnosed and died from colon cancer, I think I may have some problem with my colon as well.

Like what?: Colon cancer is very unlikely at such a young age, but you should get a colonoscopy at age 40. You'll have to be more specific about your symptoms to get any more advice. ...Read more

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Bm earlier, felt a sharp, cutting, feeling before it came out then red blood on toilet paper. Colon cancer? I'm 22 female. No health issues no fam his

Bm earlier, felt a sharp, cutting, feeling before it came out then red blood on toilet paper. Colon cancer? I'm 22 female. No health issues no fam his

Probably not: More likely a small tear, fissure, or hemorrhoid made to bleed by a hard stool or straining. Extra water, fiber, and stool softener will probably sort it out for you in a few days. It bleeding continues, see your doctor for exam. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have anal or colon cancer without a lump in or around the anus? Again, I'm an 18 year old female. I think I might anal/colon cancer.

Is it possible to have anal or colon cancer without a lump in or around the anus? Again, I'm an 18 year old female. I think I might anal/colon cancer.

Please explain: I think both I and some of my friends have tried to reassure you, but the "bottom line" is that if you're having symptoms here that have lasted two weeks or more, it needs to be seen by your personal physician. Cancer's unlikely, but there are a host of other troubles here that can make you miserable. We can't examine you at a distance. Pick up the phone and get seen. ...Read more

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According to wonder cancer stat (cdc) less than 16 Caucasian females aged 20-24 have been diagnosis w colon cancer in 13yrs in sc. Why so few if CC is so big?

According to wonder cancer stat (cdc) less than 16 Caucasian females aged 20-24 have been diagnosis w colon cancer in 13yrs in sc. Why so few if CC is so big?

Colon cancer: Colon cancer is a disease of middle and old age. If you consider colon cancer tto be genetic you can postulate that is caused by late penetrance of the gene ...Read more

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I'm a 34 yr old female. My 63 y/o mother has colon cancer. Should I seek genetic testing? What are the pros/cons re: the genetic testing for me?

I'm a 34 yr old female. My 63 y/o mother has colon cancer. Should I seek genetic testing? What are the pros/cons re: the genetic testing for me?

Screening yes: But not genetic testing, just having one family member is not an indication for genetic testing, how ever with that history you should have screening colonoscopy on regular basis. Good luck. ...Read more

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Paranoid about colon cancer. Great grandmother had it at 70. had runny + pencil stool last night. 24 y.o female. Should I get a colonoscopy screening?

Paranoid about colon cancer. Great grandmother had it at 70. had runny + pencil stool last night. 24 y.o female. Should I get a colonoscopy screening?

Not likely: Unlikely that you have colon cancer as such a young age, but there's no harm n consulting a gastroenterologist, especially if the symptom persist. ...Read more

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Oncologist recommended chemo pills & IV at same time for stage 4 colon cancer for 63 yr old female. Pros/cons?

Oncologist recommended chemo pills & IV at same time for stage 4 colon cancer for 63 yr old female. Pros/cons?

Every medication: Or treatment has benefits and risks. Your oncologist has recommended this course of treatment based upon his extensive knowledge, education, and experience, and determined that this is the best course alternative. It is not a simple decision to recommend a course of treatment of a malignancy. If you have any doubts, you can always get a second opinion, but it sounds right to me. ...Read more

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For a 30 year female patient diagnosed with stage iii-b colon cancer, what are the expected specific rather than general side effects of folfox?

For a 30 year female patient diagnosed with stage iii-b colon cancer, what are the expected specific rather than general side effects of folfox?

Depends on person: Folfox is a combination of chemo drugs, including oxaliplatin and Fluorouracil (5fu), and leucovorin and varies a bit by how and when they are given. The side effect profile includes suppression of bone marrow function, neuropathy (numbness or tingling), GI symptoms, fatigue, hair loss, mouth sores, , rash, and others. Individuals will experience varying degrees and types of side effects. ...Read more

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I think I might have colon cancer. Is it possible for colon cancer to spread to the lymph nodes in my neck? If so how likely? I'm 18 years old. Female

I think I might have colon cancer. Is it possible for colon cancer to spread to the lymph nodes in my neck? If so how likely? I'm 18 years old. Female

Not Very Likely: Given your age it is highly unlikely you have colon cancer. Major factors that increase the risk of colon cancer include family history, age, and inflammatory bowel disease. Most common cause of swollen lymph nodes in neck are a recent viral or bacterial infection. See your doctor if you are concerned or have concerning gastrointestinal complaints. ...Read more

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I am a 60 year old woman, and I feel movement in my lower stomach like a baby. Could this be a sign of colon cancer?

I am a 60 year old woman, and I feel movement in my lower stomach like a baby. Could this be a sign of colon cancer?

Possibly: A partial blockage in your colon can cause the bowel behind to work harder to move the fecal stream along. This extra activity may be what you're feeling. You should visit your doctor and have it checked out. ...Read more

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I'm an 18 year old female. I want to know if black lumps in the stool could indicate colon cancer. Is that how blood from colon cancer looks?

I'm an 18 year old female. I want to know if black lumps in the stool could indicate colon cancer. Is that how blood from colon cancer looks?

Black stool: Blood in the stool, if not fresh, tends to look dark, black, and tests positive with hematest reagent. Colon cancer is a much more involved diagnosis that is usually made with the appropriate biopsy, and a host of signs and symptoms such as failure to thrive, cachexia, poor appetite, weight loss, and declining health in general... Black stools only potentially indicates blood in the stool ...Read more

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Stage 4 mastatic colon cancer, multiple tumors and organs removed (2 surgeries) an inoperable tumor and c diff. 54 yr old woman. Life expectancy?

Stage 4 mastatic colon cancer, multiple tumors and organs removed (2 surgeries) an inoperable tumor and c diff. 54 yr old woman. Life expectancy?

In general...: Stage 4 colon cancer patients have only a 5% 2 yr survival rate. There's no way to better define an individual's life expectancy. Good luck to all involved. ...Read more

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Are there any genetic tests required (other than kras) for a 30 year old female with stage iii-b colon cancer after surgery and before adjuvant chemo?

MSI testing: Msi testing is routine at most centers to screen for lynch syndrome. Braf can also be a quick selection. Kras testing is currently not clinically used for early stage crc (1-3), given the negative adjuvant egfr agent trials. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a 78 year female with colon cancer that has methasized to the liver and ovary with no treatment?

What is the life expectancy of a 78 year female with colon cancer that has methasized to the liver and ovary with no treatment?

Not good: A good prognosis calculator is available at the MD Anderson website, but please note that among criteria used, functional or nutritional status as well as comorbidities are not factored in and sometimes they make a big difference. She will most likely qualify for hospice services, prognosis estimated at 6 months if there is noticeable decline. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a woman in her mid 30s to develope colon cancer? Constipation, narrow stool alternating with diarrhea and pain for 4 weeks.

Is it possible for a woman in her mid 30s to develope colon cancer? Constipation, narrow stool alternating with diarrhea and pain for 4 weeks.

Yes, but unlikely: With the changes in your stool and symptoms, it would be very important to get in and be evaluated. It sounds like you need a colonoscopy and stool studies. While waiting for your appointment, you can get a a whole food diet, increase your fiber and take a good probiotic. also make sure you are hydrating well. Make sure you get in - getting your gut healthy again will make you feel much better ...Read more

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Grandma stage 4 colon cancer doing home chemo, is the sweat saliva fluid discharge toxic? Pregnant women n kids should avoid contact?

Grandma stage 4 colon cancer doing home chemo, is the sweat saliva fluid discharge toxic? Pregnant women n kids should avoid contact?

No: From cancer.Org:

the only bodily fluid that could be considered 'toxic' would be urine. Men and women should sit to urinate to avoid splash transfer. Saliva and sweat will not have markedly amounts of chemicals. Just love on her as normal! ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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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. Milton Alvis, jr
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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