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Large intestinal cancer. Is that colon cancer?

Large intestinal cancer. Is that colon cancer?

Yes: The large intestine and the colon are words to describe the same anatomic structure in the abdomen. ...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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Are anal cancer and colon cancer the same?

Are anal cancer and colon cancer the same?

No: Colon cancer is generally an adenocarcinoma of the lining of the large intestine, usually treated with surgery and sometimes chemotherapy. Anal cancers can be different types (squamous, etc.), treated differently, often without surgery and using chemotherapy and radiation therapy instead. ...Read more

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Why is the colon prone to cancer in hnpcc (hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer)?

Why is the colon prone to cancer in hnpcc (hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer)?

Genetic mutations: HNPCC or hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer is an autosomal dominant genetic condition that has a high risk of colon cancer The disease first described by Lynch and is associated with other cancers including endometrial ovary and stomach. The increased risk is due to inherited mutations that impair DNA mismatch repair. .Individuals with HNPCC have an 80% lifetime risk for colon ca. ...Read more

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Colon cancer with cancer in liver, lungs sacrum and spine?

Colon cancer with cancer in liver, lungs sacrum and spine?

Stage of cancer: This sounds very serious. Cancer is staged to help understand the treatments and expectations for success with treatment, part of the risk/benefit analysis. Stage 4 is cancer that has spread or progressed significantly outside the organ where it started. Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 have diminishing expectations for treatment success. Take a friend with you to next appointment. You have choices. Be well. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer cause abscess in the colon?

Does colon cancer cause abscess in the colon?

It can: If the cancer perforates the wall of the colon allowing feces to spill into localized area, an abscess can form. This more commonly happens with diverticulitis but can happen with cancer as well. ...Read more

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Are breast cancer and colon cancer linked?

Are breast cancer and colon cancer linked?

Not directly usually: There is debate about how closely these 2 cancers are related. Both have hereditary natures and are more common generally in obese patients. Both often begin with more benign precursor lesions like dcis for breast cancer and benign polyps for colon cancer. Both are very common but there is little evidence that having either predisposes to having the other. ...Read more

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How are colon cancer and intestinal cancer different?

How are colon cancer and intestinal cancer different?

Can be the same: The intestines are a group of structures including stomach, small intestine and large intestine (which is the colon). Cancers can form in any of these sites, but large intestine (colon) cancer is most common. So colon cancer is a type of intestinal cancer. ...Read more

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Is pancreatoblastoma the same pancreatic cancer normally found in adults?

Is pancreatoblastoma the same pancreatic cancer normally found in adults?

No.: Pancreatoblastomas are a rare specific type of malignant tumors of the pancreas. Most cases occur in children under the age of 10 years. There is a slight male predominance. Some patients can be cured by a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. The disease is best treated when confined to the pancreas. If the tumor has spread outside of the pancrease, (pancrelipase) outcomes are not as good. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer fatal?

Is colon cancer fatal?

Not Necessarily: It depends on the stage at diagnosis and the treatment obtained. ...Read more

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Are colon cancer and prostate cancer the same thing?

Are colon cancer and prostate cancer the same thing?

Colon and Prostate C: No, each originates from a different place. Colon cancer originates from the inner surface of the colon, the mucosa and prostate cancer originates from the glands of the prostate. The colon is a part of the gastrointestinal system while the prostate is part of the genitourinary tract. ...Read more

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Are colon cancer and rectal cancer the same thing?

Somewhat: Colon cancer and rectal caner are usually an adenocarcinoma. They are both located in the large intestine. The difference is that they are treated differently. Sometimes rectal cancer is first treated with radiation and chemotherapy before surgery. Colon cancer often does not use radiation therapy. Both cancers use surgery to remove the cancer. ...Read more

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Why is certain cancers so rare in young people liike colon cancer or luung cancer?

Why is certain cancers so rare in young people liike colon cancer or luung cancer?

Mutations: There are many theories. One is that cancer is often the result of several mutations in cells that occur over time. It may take several of these mutations over time to cause cancer. Another is that certain cell growth control systems get inactivated over the years. This is call epigenetic change. Also over time more environmental exposures take their toll. Age allows more of these thing to happe. ...Read more

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Is endometriosis that spread to or in the colon considered regular colon cancer?

Is endometriosis that spread to or in the colon considered regular colon cancer?

No.: Colon cancer usually starts in the inner part of the colon. Endometriosis implants on the colon, but is not invasive or life threatening. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer spread in family?

Can lung cancer spread in family?

No: Individual entity. Not infection. Not communicable. But with smoking, exposure, second hand smoke several family members can have cancer. ...Read more

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What is the incidence of colon cancer in individuals with Crohn's and lymphoma?

What is the incidence of colon cancer in individuals with Crohn's and lymphoma?

Above Average.: Crohn's disease alone shows an increased risk of colon cancer formation, as well as an increased risk of getting lymphoma. If you have crohn's and lymphoma, the lymphoma is not luikely to add increased risk of developing colon ca. The exact amount of increased risk is varied with the amount of the bowel inflamed by crohn's. There is no specific number risk i can quote. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer ever occur in young people?

Does colon cancer ever occur in young people?

Yes: In certain hereditary disorders such as familial polyposis, colon cancer can occur at a relatively young age. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer genetic?

Is colon cancer genetic?

Sometimes: Some colon cancers are related to specific genetic mutations but the majority are not. ...Read more

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Why is colon resection still done for colon cancer in cases with liver metastasis?

Why is colon resection still done for colon cancer in cases with liver metastasis?

Depends: Believe it or not, it can sometimes still be cured. It depends on the disease burden in the liver. After resection, they can do adjuvant therapy and follow up with hepatic resections if it is limited. Also for palliative reasons - if it is causing an obstruction, then the obstruction needs to be relieved to allow for simple gut function. ...Read more

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How do polyps in the colon relate to colon cancer?

How do polyps in the colon relate to colon cancer?

Yes: 85 percent of colon cancers arise from colon polyps. As polyps grow, they can transform into colon cancer. Not all polyps are precancerous and not all precancerous polyps become colon cancers. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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. Katharine Cox
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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