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Is stage 4 colon cancer terminal ?

Is stage 4 colon cancer terminal ?

Not good, but: Each person is unique. Discss this question w/ the doctors involved in treatment. It's not good, but there are certainly cases that will do better than others. All life ends. Stage 4 cancer is quite advanced and life expectancy is shortened significantly. Overall health can matter a lot for how long and how good. ...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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Can you tell me if it's likely that I have colon cancer if all tests are clear?

Probably not: By all tests I assure that you are referring to blood samples as well as colonoscopy. If the blood tests are neg. they have no diagnostic value at the present time. Most are CA or carbohydrate antibodies with about a 50-60 % validity in dx. Colonoscopy would, at the present time be the best way to assure the bowel is free from CA. If that test was neg. then at least for 5 yrs. you are fine. ...Read more

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When you have colon cancer does a clear gel like mucus occur?

When you have colon cancer does a clear gel like mucus occur?

Possibly: Any change in bowels can trigger concern for colon cancer. However, character changes to one's bowel movements can also be do to dietary changes and or other intestinal problems. These symptoms may warrant a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Would it be possible to develope colon cancer large enough for blockage 5 years after an all clear colonoscopy?

Would it be possible to develope colon cancer large enough for blockage 5 years after an all clear colonoscopy?

Sometimes: Unfortunately yes. Some less common cancers have very rapid doubling times. And can grow quite large. A left colon cancer is more likely to obstruct than one on the right. ...Read more

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How many months/ years does it take for mets to be visible with colon cancer ? My dad had all clear scans until after surgery.

How many months/ years does it take for mets to be visible with colon cancer ? My dad had all clear scans until after surgery.

6 mo to one year: Many feel that if a lesion is localized, Dukes A that mets wont occur. If a C2 lesion with 4 or more nodes present and preop scans are neg while there is a high incidence of recurrent or metastatic tumor it will take somewhere around one year for cells that have broken free prior to surgery to implant and grow to present with scan visibility. That's why in such cases adjuvanct chemo employed . ...Read more

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Are there any clear symptom differences between hemorrhoids and colon cancer? A colonoscopy has a long wait time and i'm scared.

Are there any clear symptom differences between hemorrhoids and colon cancer? A colonoscopy has a long wait time and i'm scared.

Both: Can bleed and cause changes in stool caliber or pattern. Getting a colonoscopy should not require a long wait time. Check with your pcp mfor a referral to another doctor performing colonoscopies that may have a shorter wait time.Being 23 yo, less likely colon cancer. Do not be scared of the unknown and see a colon and rectal surgeon for evaluation in office. ...Read more

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I have colon cancer and need to have a colonography. The two day prep says to eat clear liquids only. Would it be a problem to include a few glasses of white wine with plenty of water?

I have colon cancer and need to have a colonography. The two day prep says to eat clear liquids only. Would it be a problem to include a few glasses of white wine with plenty of water?

Bowel prep: white wine would be a clear liquid, but you don't want the sedative nature of any alcohol interfering with the sedative that may accompany colonoscopy or any other procedure, so it is generally not recommeded. If you use any, be up front and let the physician doing the procedure know. ...Read more

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Mom's having colon cancer surg.& 1 doc wants to prep with mag. Citrate & the other just clear liquids the day before. It's a right hemi. What's best?

Trust your surgeon: What ever your surgeon prefer is best for you. Trust your surgeon otherwise get a surgeon you can trust. ...Read more

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6 months chemo for colon cancer, finished scans all clear no signs of cancer, 3 weeks later lump on right side of neck size of golf ball?

6 months chemo for colon cancer, finished scans all clear no signs of cancer, 3 weeks later lump on right side of neck size of golf ball?

Probably unrelated: Chemo post surgery without evidence of metastatic disease is adjuvant with goal of preventing recurrence. When latter happens it most often is seen in liver or lungs. Rarely spread to distant nodes occur and usually related to Virchows nodes, the left suproaclavicular nodes. Lesion in rt. neck should have core bx to r/o lymphoma, another primary lesion or possible spread from original lesion ...Read more

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I had post menopause bleeding. Not endometril cancer as biopsy clear. Pap smear ok. Ultrasound shows slight hyperplasia. But could it be colon cancer?

I had post menopause bleeding. Not endometril cancer as biopsy clear. Pap smear ok. Ultrasound shows slight hyperplasia. But could it be colon cancer?

Please clarify...: Are you asking about a source of vaginal bleeding, bleeding per rectum, or are you not sure of the site of bleeding? At age 51, you certainly qualify for and should undergo a screening colon exam (if you have not already accomplished same within the intervals established by medical convention). ...Read more

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Ascending colon pain age 21 change in bowel habits and no anemia went to the er three times and everything clear.Scared it might be Colon cancer.

Ascending colon pain age 21 change in bowel habits and no anemia went to the er three times and everything clear.Scared it might be Colon cancer.

See below:: Agree with Dr. KATAKKAR. It is unlikely that you have colon cancer. However, the issue is not suitable for ER. You need to see your primary care provider and let her/him decide if a referral to a gastroenterologist is warranted. 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

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Should I be worried about pancreatic or colon cancer at age 16 if endoscopy was clear? My stomach pain for over two months has really freaked me out

Should I be worried about pancreatic or colon cancer at age 16 if endoscopy was clear? My stomach pain for over two months has really freaked me out

At your age,unlikely: I assume you are seeing a physician for this? i'd certainly cut out the NSAIDs you're taking - will certainly not help. need more details regarding pain - any weight loss, bleeding, changes in bowel habits, nausea/vomiting?? ...Read more

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Been having thin/narrow stools.Clear rectal exam by gp/no blood in stool.Should i fear colon cancer?I'm 39 &had adenocarcinoma insitu of cervix 4yrago

Been having thin/narrow stools.Clear rectal exam by gp/no blood in stool.Should i fear colon cancer?I'm 39 &had adenocarcinoma insitu of cervix 4yrago

Possible lesion: In situ adeno unrelated unless some for of radiation employed that could narrow distal bowel. Narrowing of stool suggests that there is some constriction of bowel causing a narrowing of the lumen and thus the stool. Blood does not have to be present but relying on a gp rectal not satisfactory. Sigmoidoscopy at a minimum and colonoscopy more accepted for this problem. ...Read more

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Can children get colon cancer?

Can children get colon cancer?

Yes: Usually adult children. The youngest patient I have seen in my practice with a family history of colon cancer, was first diagnosed at age 18. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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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. William Singer
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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