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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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


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What should I use to detox or cleanse my colon out with no side effects?

It is of no use: I do not recommend doing any such detox... It is dangerous and has no benefit to you. It can only create more trouble for you. ...Read more

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What are the side effects if most of the colon is surgically removed (due to cancer)? How does it affect digestion/elimination?

Depends how much: If all or most of the colon is missing, sometimes there will be issues reabsorbing water leading to looser stools and occasionally dehydration. Otherwise, if only a small portion of colon is removed, most of the time there is no major consequence. Surgery on the rectum can sometimes lead to incontinence or sexual dysfunction. ...Read more

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Having a lipoma tumor removed from right sigma of the colon and they say there's side effects to going wrong im unsure what effects, help ?

Having a lipoma tumor removed from right sigma of the colon and they say there's side effects to going wrong im unsure what effects,  help ?

Error: The story you present is missing some important detail. Lipomas are benign tumors, don't need to be removed. I've never heard of one presenting symptomatically in the colon. All surgeries have potential complications. I think you have or present incomplete or erroneous information. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of chemotherapy in treating colon cancer?

What are the side effects of chemotherapy in treating colon cancer?

Many: Side effects are many and depend on the chemotherapy drugs used. Most of them are reversible and not permanent. Typical effects include fatigue, low blood counts, diarrhea, mouth sores, infection risks, nausea, vomiting, nerve damage, liver damage, skin rash. Rare side effects include strokes, blood clots, lung or heart damage, increasewd blood pressure, wound healing problems. ...Read more

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Side effects to chemo. He's being treated for colon cancer stage 4.?

Side effects to chemo. He's being treated for colon cancer stage 4.?

Depends on chemo: The side effects of chemotherapy depend on the chemos involved. In general bone marrow suppression (bms) causing lower red blood cells (rbcs) with anemia, lowered wbcs with increased risk of infection, and lowerd platelets with increased risk of bleeding. Oxalipaltin ("o" in folfox) can cause numbness or cold induced nerve pain. Irinotecan ("i" in folfiri) causes diarrhea. Etc... ...Read more

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Just finished taking doxycycline 2 weeks ago with no side effects! i'm now having a moderate pain on left side near colon, comes & goes. What is it?

Just finished taking doxycycline 2 weeks ago with no side effects! i'm now having a moderate pain on left side near colon, comes & goes. What is it?

Keep: A close eye and talk to your doctor, as abx can wipe out your normal bacterial flora that aids in your digestion and a population of c.Difficile , may be causing issues in your descending colon. Good luck! ...Read more

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For a 30 year female patient diagnosed with stage iii-b colon cancer, what are the expected specific rather than general side effects of folfox?

Depends on person: Folfox is a combination of chemo drugs, including oxaliplatin and Fluorouracil (5fu), and leucovorin and varies a bit by how and when they are given. The side effect profile includes suppression of bone marrow function, neuropathy (numbness or tingling), GI symptoms, fatigue, hair loss, mouth sores, , rash, and others. Individuals will experience varying degrees and types of side effects. ...Read more

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Just finished 28 chemo/radiotherapy sessions for colon rectal cancer on nov 6. Very painful bowel movements in am. Is this part of side effects?

Just finished 28 chemo/radiotherapy sessions for colon rectal cancer on nov 6. Very painful bowel movements in am. Is this part of side effects?

May not be related : You may have simple anorectal problem like anal fissure , infection etc , causing your pain may be precipitated by chemo . Speak o your surgeon will examine and treat you. ...Read more

Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more