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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

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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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How thin does a ribbon stool have to be in order to be a concern that it's colon cancer?

How thin does a ribbon stool have to be in order to be a concern that it's colon cancer?

Pencil thin stool: Pencil thin stools should generally be like that. However any change in bowel habits or bleeding should prompt evaluation by your pcp gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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Do thin ribbon like stool mobements in case of colon cancer continue all the time or is it ab on and off thing?

Do thin ribbon like stool mobements in case of colon cancer continue all the time or is it ab on and off thing?

Ribbon like: stool which is INTERMITTENT are DUE TO SPASM of the lower bowel (old term ="spastic colon") now this is a part of the diagnosis of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) which is a DIAGNOSIS of EXCLUSION (other GI problems MUST BE RULED OUT) SO STOP worrying about the "big C" and get yourself checked out by your PCP and at your age a COLONOSCOPY ,may be recommended! Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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Does colon cancer hurt?

Does colon cancer hurt?

Usually not: Early stages of colon cancer often have no symptoms. Colon cancer has long developmental stages starting out as polyps and can take yrs to develop, hence screening colonoscopy is done every 10 yrs for normal folks. Polyps can be removed during colonoscopy. Advanced cancer can cause pain by obstructing bowel, spread to liver, bone, brain, lung etc. See doc regulalry. Good luck. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer begin?

How does colon cancer begin?

Polyps.: Polyps (adenomas) are small, benign masses that can form within the colon. The life cycle of the mucus membranes of the colon becomes disrupted, either from genetic or environmental reasons, causing growth of polyps. If polyp growth continues abnormally, they have the potential to develop into an invasive lesion and become cancerous. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer spread?

How does colon cancer spread?

Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes are the way colon cancer cells usually escape the colon. It can grow through the colon into the surroundings. Finally it can move from lymph nodes into the blood stream that flows to the liver. When the colon is examined, and if lymph nodes are involved, chemotherapy is recommended. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Can be: The fastest-growers are the ones that follow genetic pathways associated with the lynch loci. They may not even be preceded by a polyp -- colonoscopy can be clean one year, and a year later, there's a cancer. That's actually quite fast as cancers go. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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39 old enough for colon cancer?

39 old enough for colon cancer?

Yes: But not that common unless you have increased inherited risk factors. ...Read more

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Afraid to death I have colon cancer?

Afraid to death I have colon cancer?

Let's talk about it: Either you do or you don't. You can find out by getting colonoscoped. You're old enough that this should be available. Grit your teeth and resolve you'[l accept whatever finding the test gives. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have colon cancer?

How can I tell if I have colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: Excellent screening , and or diagnostic test. No other cancer has superior screening test than colon cancer. Go and get one. Talk to doctor about proper time to do it. ...Read more

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Iwould like to know about colon cancer?

Iwould like to know about colon cancer?

See below: Too much to say, too little space. Look in these websites: american cancer society and national cancer institute (cancer.Org and cancer.Gov respectively). ...Read more

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Help please! is colon cancer hereditary?

Help please! is colon cancer hereditary?

Can be: Most colon cancers relate more to lifestyle than inheritance but some patients do have an inherited predisposition, be it in the setting of multiple polyps (like fap or myh) or not (lynch syndrome). Families with this have early onset colon cancer and other cancers as well. Talk to your doc about this to see if you need to visit a specialist in inherited malignancies. Remember to live healthy. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer generally develop?

How does colon cancer generally develop?

From polyps usually: Almost all colon cancers start off as a polyp, hence the push for colonoscopy screening looking for polyps. Only 20% of colon cancers are hereditary, meaning the rest are environmentally related to foods we eat and chemicals we are exposed too. If you are over 50 or have risl factors get regular colonoscopies. ...Read more

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I'm afraid to death I have colon cancer?

I'm afraid to death I have colon cancer?

It depends: Hi yv3tt3. 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 health tap! ...Read more

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What is the risk of getting colon cancer?

What is the risk of getting colon cancer?

Also: Personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps and inflammatory bowel disease, especially ulcerative colitis. Personal history of breast cancer can also increase your risk. Talk to a specialist such as a colorectal surgeon or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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How likely is survival with colon cancer?

How likely is survival with colon cancer?

Depends on : Stage at diagnosis. Early cancers have excellent prognosis, whereas more advanced stages have poorer outlook. This is exactly why screening is important for this particular cancer. ...Read more

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What symptoms are common in colon cancer?

Some late symptoms: Are rectal bleeding or black stools (melena) depending on location of cancer, abdominal pain, distention, change in bowel habits. But these are late signs. To catch them early, you need fecal occult blood test or colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Can polps or colon cancer come on quickly?

Can polps or colon cancer come on quickly?

Not over night: Transformation of polyp to cancer takes long time in most of the cases , that is the reason surveillance colonoscopy is done couple of years later, people with low immunity the tumor growth will be will be rapid. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer affect your tissues?

How does colon cancer affect your tissues?

No effect: A small growing lesion can be present in bowel for several years and be asymptomatic. As a tumor grows and invades blood stream, it does elaborate an inhibitory molecule paralyzing the host immune system, that is mutated mitochondrial DNA. Should the lesion metastasize to liver it can obstruct bile ducts eventually compromising liver function.Colon Ca screening important. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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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. Walter Husar
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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