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How effective is a colectomy for treating colon cancer?

How effective is a colectomy for treating colon cancer?

Essential: The only way colon cancer can be cured is by colectomy with removal of adjacent lymph nodes. The primary lesion is polyclonal and continues to produce subsets each capable of a different path of metastasis. If there is a liver or lung lesion they are clonal and cant spread. Leaving a primary can in time result in different paths of spread that may be uncontrollable. ...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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I have stage 2 colon cancer and just had a colectomy the oncologist is performing an expensive blood test to see next steps what is this test?

I have stage 2 colon cancer and just had a colectomy the oncologist is performing an expensive blood test to see next steps what is this test?

Just ask: May be a cea level. This is a marker commonly used to follow colorectal cancer patients to indicate a possible recurrence. In sure your oncologist would be happy to explain it to you. All you have to do is ask. Best if luck. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Does having gallbladder removed increase risk of colon cancer? Or does gallbladder removal cause colon cancer?

Does having gallbladder removed increase risk of colon cancer? Or  does gallbladder removal cause colon cancer?

Gallbladder: No not at all if you need your gallbladder out then do it because the risk of gallbladder disease far far outweighs any slight theoretical risk of colon cancer. ...Read more

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Is there a rough estimate range for the cost of the colon cancer surgery (tumor removal) in us?

Is there a rough estimate range for the cost of the colon cancer surgery (tumor removal) in us?

Surgery cost: The hospital bill depend on the type of colon cancer surgery. There is very little transparency in these fees. Most hospitals will give you an estimate if they know the surgeons procedure code. Open surgery is likely less expensive than laparoscopic or robotic surgery because the equipment charges are less. The most imporant thing is the quality of the surgeon, see if they can help. ...Read more

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Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

No: Past medical studies did not link gallbladder surgery to colon cancer. Most all of the bile is reabsorbed by the small intestine & returned to the liver, with or without the gallbladder. Excess bile getting to the colon will cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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GI problem. I am 68, male and had my retum removed due to colon cancer. After the removal I had loose stools and went on Immodium for 8 years but then stopped. What else could this be? Tests for malabsorption?

GI problem. I am 68, male and had my retum removed due to colon cancer. After the removal I had loose stools and went on Immodium for 8 years but then stopped. What else could this be?  Tests for malabsorption?

Loss of bowel: When rectum removed one usually has anal region resected otherwise this was a low anterior resection removing left colon to anal canal just above sphincters which control bowel movement. Function of left colon is to absorb remaining water in stool as it approaches rectum. If too much resected then liquid stool approaches anal canal and loose or liquefied stool approaches anus. Try Lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) ...Read more

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Please explain why does the doctor not let my dad drink water after his colon cancer removal surgery?

Please explain why does the doctor not let my dad drink water after his colon cancer removal surgery?

Ileus: After abdominal surgery, especially for colon, the combination of handling the intestines, and surgery itself leads to "bowels going to sleep" which means that they do not move in a coordinated fashion. It takes several days for the bowels to "wake up" and if you give patients food while the bowels are asleep they can become distended and vomit. Usually we wait until the patient passes gas. ...Read more

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Chance of developing colon cancer 20 months after colonoscopy removal 5mm polyp removed. Having ct scan with and without contrast for left quad pain ?

Chance of developing colon cancer 20 months after colonoscopy removal 5mm polyp removed. Having ct scan with and without contrast for left quad pain
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See below: If the colonoscopy was done properly, you are very unlikely to have colon cancer 20 months after the procedure. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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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