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Colon Cancer Vs Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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
No: But they may have similar symptoms so never assume it is ibs. ...Read more
IBS has no lesion: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or spastic colon is characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits. Including Diarrhea or constipation. Compared to colon canceer which can present with similar features IBS has no specific lesion causing the symptoms. It has been theorised that abnormalities in GUT flora (microbiome) result in inflammation and altered bowel function. Any bowel lesion causing the symptoms can be identified on colonoscopy ...Read more
Not likely: Not nausea especially.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have a pain (not horrible just unconfortable) that goes from my mid left back to the front just below the left breast. I recently moved some furniture could that be it, or could it possibly be my colon (I suffer fro irritable bowel syndrome)?
Please clarify: Short bowel syndrome results from removal of a significant portion of the small intestine, which is responsible for nutrient absorption. Symptoms include diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss. The colon is responsible for water absorption, therefore, removal of a large portion of the colon may increase the frequency of bowel movements, but will not cause profound nutritional deficiencies. ...Read more
You don't mention symptoms, but a good start would be a test for occult blood and a cytology exam of the stool. These are very simple tests and are done on an out-patient basis.
This may lead to further testing/scans.
Seek an exam/consultation with a qualified professional to begin the process. ...Read more
Best treatment: All primary colon tumors must be resected. If localized, cure is very high. If mets already present it is still essential to remove primary since latter is polyclonal while mets to liver or lung are monoclonal and won't spread. If primary left to treat mets then new clones develop in primary and will continue spreading to new sites. Always resect the primary colon tumor with margins. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Constipation is not necessarily a sign of colon cancer. Constipation is usually caused by problems with diet - not enough fiber, not enough fresh fruits/ veggies, not drinking enough water, etc. It can also be caused by low activity level. Some patients have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) which can cause recurrent constipation. If the constipation is new with none of the above changes, see doc ...Read more
Floating bm's: Floating stools are seen with looser bowel movements causing rapid transit through the intestinal tract and are lighter colored. This could be temporary from dietary factors or virus. They also occur with malabsorption syndromes from pancreatic, biliary tract or liver disorders. If this change in bm's is persistent, notify your oncologist or gastroenterologist for evaluation and advice. ...Read more
What can be done for bowel Inflammation in a metastic colon cancer patient? Can chemo cause this?
There are many: Reasons for intestinal inflammation whether or not someone has colon cancer and is utilizing chemotherapy. Without having more information like the symptoms associated or the circumstances around how the inflammation was identified, it's difficult to better guide you. Though this is a question that a patients oncologist should readily be able to help out with. ...Read more
This morning I had a bowel movement that was about 12 inches long. Is this a sign of colon cancer?
Change in bowel habbits/back pain/constipation could it be colon cancer? I also had much anxiety too
Please get evaluated: Specially if you are concerned and there is family history or other clinical signs. ...Read more
Do I have colon cancer if I have pain on my front right side and back side and change in bowel movement?
Worried I might have colon cancer due to change of bowel habbit. My habbit return to normal for a few weeks then go of cycle then return back to normal. Never a persistent change. Been diagnosed with ibs after full blood test came back clear?
If blood in the stool is red, it may be from a hemorrhoid. This needs to be evaluated and treated, but is fairly common.
If the blood or stool is darker (black) and has a 'tar-like' appearance, it is more indicative of a bleed in the upper areas of the GI tract. This is more significant and needs more prompt evaluation and treatment.
Seek evaluation by a qualified professional asap to differentiat. ...Read more
My CT scan said my bowel is unremarkable. Could something be wrong with my colon? Like colon cancer? Even if my CT said my bowel is normal.
Is there any imaging test to detect colon cancer that doesn't require bowel prep? I'm symptomatic but can't do bowel prep due to heart & electrolytes
Colin ca test: You state that you are 20 years young! Whoever suggested to you that you get a colonoscopy at your age? Unless you have an inherited polyposis syndrome or some other rare disorder you would not have that done so early. If U have blood in stool it is most likely due to hemorrhoid, not to cancer. ...Read more
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more