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My dad has stage 4 colon cancer, he hasn't eaten in 5 days, he's drinking fluids, sleeping 80% of the day, and has bad jaundice. How much longer?

My dad has stage 4 colon cancer, he hasn't eaten in 5 days, he's drinking fluids, sleeping 80% of the day, and has bad jaundice. How much longer?

Terminal Cancer: Let me say how very sorry I am about your father. It seems like he does not have a lot of time left. It is impossible for us to say how long. This is a question that is best left with his treating physicians who know his case best. Love him and be with him. My best to you and your family. ...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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My wife is having skin rashes/irritation since last 2-3 months. She had recently under gone colon cancer surgery. The skin rashes are still continue.

My wife is having skin rashes/irritation since last 2-3 months. She had recently under gone colon cancer surgery. The skin rashes are still continue.

Post-op Rash: Depending if the rash is local to the colon surgery site or more generalized around her body would mean different things. Also radiation and chemotherapies also produce long term rash formations. Long standing, chronic, recurring or changing rashes (color, size and pain are examples of changes) should probably be biopsied for a more definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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My appetite has been lacking lately im 22 and don't smoke and.No family history of colon cancer what are odds I have cc? Is.It all in my head im scared

My appetite has been lacking lately im 22 and don't smoke and.No family history of colon cancer what are odds I have cc? Is.It all in my head im scared

Very unlikely...: At 22 you have a very low likelihood of having colon cancer. Other causes for lack of appetite such as depression, anorexia, flu/cold, among many others would be thought of first. That being said, a sudden and unexplained lack of appetite should be worked-up. Please see your health care provider. ...Read more

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I have pancreatic cancer, cll, skin cancer and. Had colon cancer. I have been itchy for the past few days should I go to my doctor?

I have pancreatic cancer, cll, skin cancer and. Had colon cancer. I have been itchy for the past few days should I go to my doctor?

Yes: Itching of the skin may represent retained bile salts caused by blockage of the common bile duct. An evaluation by your doctor is advisable. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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My mom (age 60) stg 4 colon cancer survivor. Struggling a week with foggy head, disorientation, confusion, unsteadiness walking...Antibiotic for sinus?

Consult her oncologi: Her oncologist needs to know about this new development. Cancer can spread to brain and cause symptoms like the ones you have described. It can also be due to metabolic derangements which can occur due to her cancer. So an urgent visit and further evaluation is advised. ...Read more

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Would mucus in stool that comes and goes for a bit every few months be a symptom of colon cancer? No other symptoms. No blood that can see.

Would mucus in stool that comes and goes for a bit every few months be a symptom of colon cancer? No other symptoms. No blood that can see.

Unlikely: Mucus is not suggestive of cancer. Unless you have family history of early onset colon cancer, you may wait till you are 50-years old to get a screening colonoscopy. If you are concerned you may do FIT testing to test for occult blood in stool. If that is positive, you should see a doctor. Wish you good health. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Is back pain a symptom of colon cancer?

Is back pain a symptom of colon cancer?

Cancer pain: Usually not. Cancers are usually painless until they press on surrounding organs or nerves. Other symptoms for colon cancer should be observed, such as blood in stool. If there is any doubt, please see your internist or a GI specialist for a checkup, especially if you have a higher risk for cancer. ...Read more

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Is weight loss a common symptom of colon cancer?

Is weight loss a common symptom of colon cancer?

Maybe: It can be a symptom but there are many other reasons for weight loss. A thorough evaluation should be done by a qualified physician to determine the cause of the weight loss. ...Read more

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Is intestinal obstruction an early symptom of colon cancer?

Is intestinal obstruction an early symptom of colon cancer?

No: This is more commonly a late symptom of colon cancer. It is almost impossible to obstruct for right sided colon cancer. Intestinal obstruction can presnet with a changes in bowel habits or constipation. ...Read more

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Help please! is anemia an early or advanced symptom of colon cancer?

Help please! is anemia an early or advanced symptom of colon cancer?

Medium sign: When colon cancer starts to bleed, it shows up as occult blood in stool. As it bleed more, the stool color will turn black or red. Then, when your bone marrow, which makes blood cells, cannot keep up with the blood loss, you get signs of anemia. Then as cancer advances, you can get obstruction or perforation., or even spread to liver or other organs. Important to catch earlier than anemia. ...Read more

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Im only 22 years old with no colon cancer symptoms except lack of appetite is that really a specific symptom of colon cancer?

Im only 22 years old with no colon cancer symptoms except lack of appetite is that really a specific symptom of colon cancer?

No: Lack of appetite is not a usual symptom of colon cancer. Unless you have strong family history of colon cancer occurring at a young age, you are too young to worry about it. ...Read more

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Which is the main symptom of rectal/colon cancer? Constipate or diarrhea? Or both? I got a constipation fir 4 months already but no diarrhea

Which is the main symptom of rectal/colon cancer? Constipate or diarrhea? Or both? I got a constipation fir 4 months already but no diarrhea

Either: Rectal and colon cancer could be very serious and should not been taking lightly you are 25 years old chance of cancer very low but not zero you simply have a bad constipation you should not let yourself go for four month without proper treatment eat more healthy food less junk eat more fruits and fibers drink a lot of water and take stool softener if you need it see your doctor if not better. ...Read more

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Idk why I keep worry about colon cancer at 22 but my only symptom is intermittent lack of appetite is intermittent lack of appetite a symptom of cc?

Idk why I keep worry about colon cancer at 22 but my only symptom is intermittent lack of appetite is intermittent lack of appetite a symptom of cc?

Not generally: Colon cancer is not unheard of in 22 year olds, but is extremely rare, unless there is a strong family history (genetic predisposition, various syndromes). See your doc, get examined, mention your fears; get reassured. If there are significant abnormalities that deserve further ealuation, then they can be addressed as well. ...Read more

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What are the main specific symptom of colon cancer? Im 23 and have a lack of appetite but no other blood or other symptoms and no family history

What are the main specific symptom of colon cancer? Im 23 and have a lack of appetite but no other blood or other symptoms and no family history

Phobic anxiety? : Why are you thinking of cancer? Do you worry you have cancer in other areas of your body? You may have a phobic anxiety disorder. Please check with your doctor for further elucidation of fear and possible treatment. ...Read more

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Is black stool a symptom of colon cancer or ulcer?

Is black stool a symptom of colon cancer or ulcer?

Depends: There are many causes of black tarry stool. The common issue is bleeding in the intestine. Bleeding may be due to ulcers in the stomach, or intestine. Oral iron intake may produce dark stool. Colon cancer is one of the causes of bleeding in the intestine. It would be prudent to see your doctor to determine the cause of dark stools, especially if it is due to bleeding in the intestine. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have colon cancer and only pain as symptom?

Is it possible to have colon cancer and only pain as symptom?

Yes, anything is: Possible, but usually patients with abdominal pain from colon cancer report weight loss, intermittent rectal bleeding or black stools, change in bowel habits, when questioned carefully. ...Read more

Jaundice (Definition)

Jaundice is the accumulation in the body of bilirubin. Normally it is excreted by the liver, via the bile. For a lot of different reasons, sometimes the bilirubin can accumulate. The most common reasons are a problem with the liver or the bile duct. This can make the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow. If this occurs, see your ...Read more


Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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