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My grandfather has been told he has cancer cells in his spinal cord. He survived colon cancer as he prevented it in the early stages. Is there hope?

My grandfather has been told he has cancer cells in his spinal cord. He survived colon cancer as he prevented it in the early stages. Is there hope?

Travelled cancer: Is never good. Colon cancer commonly goes to the liver, lungs and sometmes bones. If the spine bones are infested, they can collapse and put pressure on the spinal cord. Actual infestation of the cord or cerebrospinal fluid is highly unlikely. Both a neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist should see him in a hurry. ...Read more

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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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What is the right diet to prevent colon cancer?

What is the right diet to prevent colon cancer?

Depends: The best diet to minimize the risk of colon cancer is a high fiber hi fluids and low red meat and processed or smoked foods. No diet will prevent colon cancer but a proper diet can reduce your risk. ...Read more

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What in the diet may reduce the risk for colon cancer?

What in the diet may reduce the risk for colon cancer?

Theories: Theories on colon cancer prevention are primarily based on healthy diet and lifestyle. Exercise more. Do not smoke. Avoid obesity, fatty foods, excess red meats, processed meats. Increase fruits, vegetables, high fiber foods. Yearly check up with your doctor. Have colonoscopy after age 50. ...Read more

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Is there any diet that can help prevent colon cancer?

Is there any diet that can help prevent colon cancer?

No: No diet can prevent it but a low meat and high fiber diet is believed to help reduce your risk of developing colon cancer. ...Read more

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Having colon cancer resection in 4-5 weeks. Is it ok and/or beneficial to add flax seed to diet while waiting. (ins. Not effective until feb.)?

Having colon cancer resection in 4-5 weeks. Is it ok and/or beneficial to add flax seed to diet while waiting. (ins. Not effective until feb.)?

No difference: There would be no positive or negative benefit from using flax now, unless you are using it to treat a problem such as constipation. Your surgeon will likely prescribe laxatives and bowel prep to be used to cleanse the colon the day before surgery. ...Read more

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I'm a virgin, and im not overweight my diet is normal but my belly is big. Is it possible this is colon cancer?

I'm a virgin, and im not overweight my diet is normal but my belly is big. Is it possible this is colon cancer?

Can't tell: I would dare say it's unlikely but we don't have enough info and more importantly, can't examine you here. See your doctor please. Hope it's all ok. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm a virgin, and i'm not overweight my diet is normal. Is it possible this is colon cancer?

What to do if i'm a virgin, and i'm not overweight my diet is normal. Is it possible this is colon cancer?

It depends: Hi fbraga1. Colon cancer is often diagnosed when a person has symptoms such as bleeding from the rectum or a significant change in bowel habits. Sometimes people will experience abdominal pain as well. If you have any of these symptoms, your doctor may want to order a ct scan or a colonoscopy. Thanks for using healthtap. ...Read more

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What is a "low residue" diet for diverticulitis, and will it increase my chances of getting colon cancer later in life?

What is a "low residue" diet for diverticulitis, and will it increase my chances of getting colon cancer later in life?

No: A low fiber diet is used to treat acute diverticulitis and is low in fiber foods such as grains, fruits, vegetables. It is only used for a finite period of time to allow healing of the inflammation. I high fiber diet is recommended for diverticulosi and may have protective features regarding colon cancer prevention. ...Read more

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How could a lack of fiber (roughage) in the diet be a cause of colon disease, including colon cancer?

How could a lack of fiber (roughage) in the diet be a cause of colon disease, including colon cancer?

Theories: Of slow bowel activity, build up of bad bacteria creating toxins or toxic environment. And healthy intestinal bacteria with higher fiber diet may cause less colon wall mucosal irritation and less risks for cancer. Also theories of low fat diet and increased exercise lowering colon cancer risks. ...Read more

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Is in case of colon cancer with liver metastases (and during chemoth) recommended a specific diet? Are there any anti cancer food? What about turmeric

Is in case of colon cancer with liver metastases (and during chemoth) recommended a specific diet? Are there any anti cancer food? What about turmeric

Not really.: It all depends on the symptoms. Chemo can affect the taste, alter your bowel habits, and decrease appetite. The goal is to stay well hydrated. High fiber diet may help with both constipation or diarrhea. There is no specific "anti cancer"diet that you can go on. No significant data available to support turmeric in the foods. ...Read more

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How likely is colon cancer is a 20-25 year old male who doesn't smoke, drink, good diet. Father's mother died of colon cancer, but dad is totally fine.

How likely is colon cancer is a 20-25 year old male who doesn't smoke, drink, good diet. Father's mother died of colon cancer, but dad is totally fine.

Not likely : Not likely but should start surveillance with colonoscopy at either age 40 or ten years prior to age of DX in relative with carcinoma, whichever is sooner. Dad should undergo surveillance as well as should all if his siblings, starting age 40. ...Read more

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Is it possible that stools came back to normal size if I had colon cancer with intake of probiotics, healthier diet and a lot of fiber rich food.

Is it possible that stools came back to normal size if I had colon cancer with intake of probiotics, healthier diet and a lot of fiber rich food.

Colon ca treatment: Dietary measures are helpful in preventing colon cancer. However once colon cancer develops you need to see a doctor to have it properly staged and treated; even the early stages need treatment. ...Read more

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Is there solid science behind low fat/high fiber diet to lower risk of colon cancer for ulcerative colitis patients? Anything else preventative?

Is there solid science behind low fat/high fiber diet to lower risk of colon cancer for ulcerative colitis patients? Anything else preventative?

I am not aware: of such data. It is generally accepted that risk of malignancy is proportional to duration of active colitis, so it follows that it is most important to keep the disease under control as much as possible. Confer with your gi specialist for specific advice in your case. ...Read more

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Chronic constipation for years while on levothyroxine 50mcg. 25 y/o f. Type #1 on bristol. Thyroid blood work says it's controlled. Diet stinks. Past 2 weeks diarrhea, no appetite. Colon cancer?

Chronic constipation for years while on levothyroxine 50mcg. 25 y/o f. Type #1 on bristol. Thyroid blood work says it's controlled. Diet stinks. Past 2 weeks diarrhea, no appetite. Colon cancer?

Unlikely: There are many reasons for constipation and for diarrhea. Typically colon cancer presents with bloody stools or no symptoms. It's also unlikely in young people which is why colonoscopy screenings are recommended after age 50, unless you have significant risk factors like family history or other certain medical problems. If you have diarrhea for >2 weeks, you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I have ibs. But lately very smelly gas and very smelly dark diarrhea. Mother found out she had colon cancer at 35.Why so stinky? No change in diet.

I have ibs. But lately very smelly gas and very smelly dark diarrhea. Mother found out she had colon cancer at 35.Why so stinky? No change in diet.

You need to see doc: You are 47, having malodorous, bark stool which may suggest bleeding (melena--which can be quite foul) and needs to be checked. You also have a family history of colon cancer--a big concern. So, don't delay. Contact doc for eval as soon as you can. Good luck. ...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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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. Barbara Lavi
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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