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Is it possible to have colon cancer without polups or tumors?

Is it possible to have colon cancer without polups or tumors?

Colon cancer: You can get colon cancer without polyps preceding it. If you have colon cancer you have a colonic tumor. ...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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Is it possible to have the symptoms of colon cancer and have a tumor that is benign or non-cancerous?

Is it possible to have the symptoms of colon cancer and have a tumor that is benign or non-cancerous?

Yes: Many conditions such as bacterial and viral colitis, ulcerative colitis, crohn's colitis are benign, and benign colon polyps can cause colon problems. Even something as simple as hemorrhoids can cause bowel changes or bleeding. Need to see a doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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What would b classed as terminal colon cancer, ie how many tumors (mets) in the body, how big etc?

What would b classed as terminal colon cancer, ie how many tumors (mets) in the body, how big etc?

Organ failure: Number and size of lesions does not determine terminal disease. Many colon lesions recurr in mid abdomen as extensive lesions producing bowel obstruction. Others present with multiple peritoneal seeding. When end organ failure develops that can't be relieved by colostomy or liver replaced to produce jaundice that can't be relieved by stent then patient is entering terminal state. ...Read more

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What does n1c means in colon cancer? What does it mean depostits of tumor but without lymph nodes involvement

What does n1c means in colon cancer? What does it mean depostits of tumor but without lymph nodes involvement

Characteristics: These are all characteristics we use to determine the aggressiveness of a cancer.

These dictate to us, if and which chemotherapy should be used and other treatments and follow ups accordingly.

The features you describe should all warrant a consultation with an oncologist. ...Read more

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If parent had colon cancer at 80, what is risk of offspring getting it after 65? No other known family member was diagnosed with GI tumor or condition

If parent had colon cancer at 80, what is risk of offspring getting it after 65? No other known family member was diagnosed with GI tumor or condition

Cancer screening: Cancer screening is recommended and all populations over the age of 50. In your case it does not matter if a family member had cancer at the age of 80 you should have your screening at the age of 50 regardless. The only time this becomes significant is if a family member has cancer around the age of 50 in which case immediate family should be screen 10 years prior to that age. ...Read more

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What % can colon cancer return with ulcerative colitis after cancer tumor is removed from that part of colon?

What % can colon cancer return with ulcerative colitis after cancer tumor is removed from that part of colon?

High risk of cancer: Recurrence risk given cancer is a function of the stage of cancer when diagnosed, independent of uc. However, uc patients have an approximately 1% per year risk of new cancer appearing. Because of this high risk, total colectomy has been the standard of care for uc. If you have any colon left, it should be examined and biopsied periodically looking for dysplasia, the precursor of cancerous change. ...Read more

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My husband had a colon tumor removed they got it all but has stage 3 colon cancer 6 of 20 lymph nodes what does this mean?

My husband had a colon tumor removed they got it all but has stage 3 colon cancer 6 of 20 lymph nodes what does this mean?

An excellent website: I am sorry to hear your news. You obviously have been going through a lot. The nih has an excellent, patient friendly website with info about this. See:

http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/colon/patient/page2

the site goes on to discuss treatment. He is most likely looking at chemotherapy. Your oncologist should be able to help with the details. Good luck to you both. ...Read more

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Why are tumor deposits in colon cancer considered as lymph nodes when there are no lymphovascular invasion, because of td it's becoming a stage 3?

Why are tumor deposits in colon cancer considered as lymph nodes when there are no lymphovascular invasion, because of td it's becoming a stage 3?

Local spread: If the tumor deposits are located away from the main primary, then most authorities consider them to be equivalent to a positive lymph node (s). Most likely these deposits got there via lymphovascular invasion even if the pathologist could not see that histologically on the slides. The ajcc also considers discontinous tumor deposits as n1c in the pathological staging system. ...Read more

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Brother diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer mestastic to the liver- report reads "tumors on liver too numerable to count", he's on chemo, his chances?

Not good.: Chemotherapy regiments, including targeted therapy, have improved response rates, including regional chemotherapy into the hepatic artery via a pump or with microspheres, all of which may prolong survival and improve quality of life. ...Read more

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Is liver resection possible for brother w/stage 4 colon cancer mest to liver w/lots of tumor.

Is liver resection possible for brother w/stage 4 colon cancer mest to liver w/lots of tumor.

Possibly: Removal of liver metastases can sometimes be helpful for patients with colon cancer. A remarkable amount of cancer can be removed usually after there has been some response to chemotherapy. If surgery is not recommended alternatives such as radioembolization, chemoembolization, radiosurgery, or rfa or cryoablation may be considered. Get with an experienced team to determine the best course! ...Read more

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How accurate % Is the schebo stool test in colon cancer? I mean how can it miss a tumor since it decects bleeding and nonbleeding tumors

How accurate % Is the schebo stool test in colon cancer? I mean how can it miss a tumor since it decects bleeding and nonbleeding tumors

Schebo colon ca test: ScheBo tumor M2-PK Stool Test is a totally new approach for bowel cancer screening. Previously, only non-specific tests for blood in the stool could be used to give an indication of an existing bowel cancer (24% accuracy). With the new ELISA method for Tumor marker M2-PK in the stool it′s now possible to detect bleeding or non-bleeding bowel cancers, as well as polyps (80-90%, sen.- specificity) ...Read more

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Stage 4 mastatic colon cancer, multiple tumors and organs removed (2 surgeries) an inoperable tumor and c diff. 54 yr old woman. Life expectancy?

Stage 4 mastatic colon cancer, multiple tumors and organs removed (2 surgeries) an inoperable tumor and c diff. 54 yr old woman. Life expectancy?

In general...: Stage 4 colon cancer patients have only a 5% 2 yr survival rate. There's no way to better define an individual's life expectancy. Good luck to all involved. ...Read more

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I had stage iii-b colon cancer and the tumor was removed surgically. I went to 2 oncologists who suggested different chemos: folfox vs. Capeox. I know that folfox is the standard. Does this mean it's better?

Equivalent choices: Capox is really an equivalent regimen to folfox. The difference is that the folfox regimen uses a drug (5- fluorouracil) that is given intravenously via a pump, wile the other regimen utilizes Capecitabine which is an oral version of the same drug which is activated preferentially in the tumor cells. There is a slight difference in the schedule, but these are really considered interchangeable. ...Read more

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Could colon cancer T4, no positive nodes, but isolated tumor deposits found in pericolic tissue be cured with chemotherapy and radiation?

Could colon cancer T4, no positive nodes, but isolated tumor deposits found in pericolic tissue be cured with chemotherapy and radiation?

Surgery is the best: Shot. A T4 lesion means the cancer has grown outside the walls of the colon and into adjacent structures. If all of the cancer can be surgically removed you can be cured. Often we add chemotherapy and radiation if there are positive microscopic cells left behind. Newer techniques such as hipec are also used in these cases. ...Read more

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My husband has colon cancer, his tumor and section of colon were removed yesterday. He has an elevated white blood cell count but no fever. Problem?

My husband has colon cancer, his tumor and section of colon were removed yesterday. He has an elevated white blood cell count but no fever. Problem?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, the elevated white cell count is likely a normal reaction to the trauma of surgery. If he has fever, discharge from the surgical site, pain at the surgical site, then you should consult your doctor promptly. ...Read more

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My mother is a colon cancer patient she s had two operations to remove two tumors in her small bowel over the last four years this morning she had ano?

My mother is a colon cancer patient she s had two operations to remove two tumors in her small bowel over the last four years this morning she had ano?

QUESTION UNCLEAR?: Sorry not sure of question. Your mother should keep in touch with her treatment team. Have regular follow up. ...Read more

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My mother has stage IV colon cancer that has mestitized to the liver. She has 15 tumors in liver with spots in her lungs and lymph nodes. Prognosis?

My mother has stage IV colon cancer that has mestitized to the liver. She has 15 tumors in liver with spots in her lungs and lymph nodes. Prognosis?

Stage IV colon cance: Your mohter's cancer is stage iv.

Please refer to the table on this page for survival data:

http://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/detailedguide/colorectal-cancer-survival-rates

i am so sorry to hear that you are going through this terrible time. ...Read more

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After having colon cancer they found me 4 tumor cancer in the liver. They are giving me chemoteraphy to reduce the sizes. And then perform surgery. What are my chances to survive?

After having colon cancer they found me 4 tumor cancer in the liver. They are giving me chemoteraphy to reduce the sizes. And then perform surgery. What are my chances to survive?

Worth the chance: It is worth pursuing the chance at long term survival in the situation of liver metastasis from colorectal cancer. One key to this is seeking care from an experienced surgeon that specializes in heptobiliary surgery. Treating all the tumors is important. If complete resection is not possible, consider adding in other local treatments such as thermal ablation or stereotactic radiation. ...Read more

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Can a aortocaval node be cured / treated which has metastases? It's 10 mm in size in a colon cancer pt where primary is removed

Can a aortocaval node be cured / treated which has metastases? It's 10 mm in size in a colon cancer pt where primary is removed

Yes: In removing what is considered a solitary metastatic focus and in particular a lymph node, one must make sure the lesion is solitary. A PET/CAT scan will resolve this issue and if solitary should be removed by surgical resection. If other sites noted then chemo followed by surgery should be performed. ...Read more

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In metastic colon cancer do the size and number of metastases matter?

In metastic colon cancer do the size and number of metastases matter?

Yes: In colon cancer as with most malignancies as the lesion increases in size the greater the population of mutated cells with varying surface glycoproteins defining different sites of metastasis. With the metastasis alreadyu present each of these cells express a mutated form of mitochondrial DNA acting as immunogenic inhibitory molecules making treatment more difficult. ...Read more

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Metastic colon cancer. ... On chemo, after 3 round scan shows increase in liver and peri mets and no increase in a aortocaval node. Size not known. What can this mean?

Metastic colon cancer. ... On chemo, after 3 round scan shows increase in liver and peri mets and no increase in a aortocaval node. Size not known. What can this mean?

Oh dear!: I'm so sorry about what you're going through. However, while this isn't all good news, your oncologist is the only person who can tell you what this means and what you should do next. I wish you the very best. I really do! ...Read more

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Is 1/2 a penny size of mucus in stools 3x/wk and loose stools 1x/week a cause for concern? Could it be colon cancer? No family history.

Is 1/2 a penny size of mucus in stools 3x/wk and loose stools 1x/week a cause for concern? Could it be colon cancer? No family history.

Here are some...: Seeing various amount of mucus coated on stool is common and not clinically significant as long as having no blood, moving bowel regularly, and living a healthy active vibrant life. More? Ask Doc timely. If still in doubt, follow instructions in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html. ...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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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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Brother had colon cancer resolved. I am 46 and have round dark stools, medium larger size. Then diarrhea Watery mucous? Need colonoscopy. Ideas?

Good idea: Recommendations for colon cancer screening is to get one at 50 yrs old. A lesser known rec involves patients with a First degree family relative with colon cancer- a screening colonoscopy within 10 years of the relative's diagnosis is recommended if you are younger than 50 yr old. ...Read more

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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 colon cancer is it bad if a aortocaval node contains a met? The primary colon tumor is removed already. What is best treatment here?

Can colon cancer is it bad if a aortocaval node contains a met? The primary colon tumor is removed already. What is best treatment here?

Mets are bad: Metastasis of any kind are a bad sign, because it indicates that the disease has spread. Metastatic disease may be treated with radiation or chemotherapy, but this will depend on specific patient factors. Solitary metastasis to the lungs or liver are sometimes removed surgically, but aortocaval nodes are probably too risky. ...Read more

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My husband doing chemo after diagnosed with iiib colon cancer, tumor removed on #7 treatment, sugar level is really high now, what causes this?

He may be diabetic: Sone of the pre-medications we use in chemo can increase bloo dsugar. If levels are high he needs to be evalauted for diabetes and if needed treated as such. ...Read more

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Colon cancer 3yrs ago. Surgery, 2spots was in liver. Chemo for 2yrs. Now z tumor is 15 cm& 7.5 wiz spots in lungs! Fatigue &dysfunction liver. What help?

Colon cancer 3yrs ago. Surgery, 2spots was in liver. Chemo for 2yrs. Now z tumor is 15 cm& 7.5 wiz spots in lungs! Fatigue &dysfunction liver. What help?

NCI: It does not seem as though surgery is an option for you at this time. Body-wide treatment such as chemotherapy is going to be the preferred way to treat this. Seek care at a national cancer institute designated comprehensive cancer center. This will give you the best access to available clinical trials. Another option is to go to the website www. Cancer. Gov and click in the clinical trial link! ...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?

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

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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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