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Colon Mass Removal
I have a severely redundant colon that is also permantly distended by gas, why can stool slowly get through but the gas does not, it goes backwards?
Different processes: Passage of gas is more mechanical process than passage of stool that requires active peristalsis in your colon to pass BM. If you haven't done it, you should have a GI consult for an endoscopic exam for proper diagnosis and management. Use OTC meds for gas and diet modification (avoid beans, cauliflower) in the meantime. ...Read more
What sorts of foods should a person eat or avoid following an operation to take out a colon tumor?
It can: If a tumor enlarges it can lead to an obstruction. If the obstruction persists, than a perforation can occur. Also it not necessarily the size of the tumor, it is how far it penetrates through the bowel wall. Another important reason to have a colonoscopy when needed. Hope this helps. ...Read more
If one were to experience thin stool due to a colon tumor, could the stool return to normal or would it stay thin or keep getting thinner and thinner?
Yes normal most of t: Stool will be normal most of the time, when entire colon is removed will have soft liquid stool ...Read more
It might: A ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis with IV and oral contrast may show a colon tumor, but not always. Ct colonography is a relatively new technique that is not performed everywhere, but it is better than standard ct scans for detecting colon cancer. Currently, colonoscopy is still the best way to evaluate the colon for cancer. ...Read more
Contained: No evidence of invasive carcinoma on the pathology report for colon cancer means that the cancer appears to be contained and has not spread, such as into the muscle layer of the colon and beyond. This should imply a higher likelihood for cure if one follows the recommendations of one's oncologist. ...Read more
If a liver met is ablated and there is a aortocaval node, primary colon tumor already removed. How many yrs can a person survive?
Enormously variable: No one can say with certainty how long an individual will live. Statistics are available for AVERAGES. (Consider:the average Briton has one testicle.) Usually I advise "ask your doctor, " but even your doctor can't answer this. ...Read more
If somone has pencil thin stools due to colon tumor would obstruction relieve itself so that stool becomes thicker some other days?
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
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:
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
Multiple foci of extramural vascular invasion. What does this mean exactly in colon cancer pathological report after colon tumor was removed?
Spread out side: The muscle of colon into serosa, or outer most part of colon ...Read more
Confussed. Colon tumor. All scans clear so no metastases. Operation march. Sept scan reveals a liver met. Does this mean escaped cells?
Most likely: This depends on many factors. This is true for type of tumor and where located on or in the colon. If your doctors believe it is a metastasis then "escaped " cells is a way to explain it. It is also important to be sure it is the only visible metastasis for planning therapy. ...Read more
Yes: Any mass in the colon is serious and can represent a malignancy. This needs immediate medical attention. Good luck. ...Read more
I had imaging done on my back and was more disturbed by the mass area I saw in my colon. I have a scope scheduled in oct should I be seen before?
Yes: If there is a mass generally further evaluation is needed as soon as possible. Though your physician may be in better position to make a specific determination ...Read more
Generally not: However if you feel a mass then you should have a doctor examine you. ...Read more
My dad had ca colon in 2006 and was cured. He has a recurrence in peritoneum along with a mass and a lymphnode. Can you suggest the best centres?
It is relative: It is relative. Since I don;t know where is your location- it is difficult to answer your question. Are you in us? India? To me, best center is the one close by to you where you know your dad would get a good care and full support from his family. He would need to get treatment asap-so my suggestion is to go to see his oncologist-then he can be reffered to tertiary cancer center later on. ...Read more
A mass was removed from the colon. Why are you quarantine for 3 days after chemotherapy, and why do all of the utensils I used have to be thrown away?
Tumor: Quarantine is not necessary as long as you are not in infection contact. It does not make sense why utensils needed to be discarded,? ...Read more
Having laparoscopic surgery to remove ascending colon due to 6cm mass that thankfully has not spread. How long does the procedure usually take?
Depends: I always tell patients that procedure length can really vary from operation to operation. I would guess 2-3 hours. That time will matter more to your family, though. If the operation is being done carefully with minimal trauma to tissues, time matters less. ...Read more
After having a mass removed from the colon area why must you be quarantine for three days after chemotherapy and why must you throw away everything?
Chemo: You must not be exposed to anything that may make you ill while your immune system is poor due to your treatment. ...Read more
I can feel an non painful mass near the left concave section of my hip. I feel nothing like it on my right. Could that be my colon? Runs diagonal.
Lipoma?: Hi, How long has the mass been there? Is it growing? I cannot be completely sure without examining you but it's possible that you might have a Lipoma, collection of fat tumor, see a doctor for evaluation and ultrasound. Good luck. ...Read more
Colon cancer stage 2, pt 65y/o. Had 1 + mass, multiple benign polops. All of the colon was removed. Is chemo recommended? No matastatas noted.
Biopsy of hepatic mass segment 7 and 8 with final diagnosis of Invasive Adenocarcinoma, what does this mean? Colon Cancer?
Possibly: A number of different adenoCa's can spread to liver. Colonoscopy followed by PET/CAT may be needed to determine origin of the metastatic lesion. Once primary is addressed, the liver can be handled since lesions of liver do not spread out of liver but primary's can spread to other sites. Liver then approached by resection, microwave ablation or chemoembolization. ...Read more