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Do colon tumours bleed more as the disease progresses?

Do colon tumours bleed more as the disease progresses?

Not necessarily: Bleeding from colon cancer can be slow & mild & not perceptible to the eye. Slow prolonged bleeding can lead to anemia. Larger colon cancers may not show more bleeding. Advanced colon cancers can lead to bowel or colon obstruction or metastatic disease spread to other organs. ...Read more

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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


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What size are colon tumours typically that are causing symptoms, such as narrow stools? Can they still be quite small?

Yes: There is a wide variety. Some colon tumors get very large before ever causing any symptoms like narrow stools. On the flip side, very small tumors can start bleeding and become symptomatic very early on. Generally a larger tumor is worse. ...Read more

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Recently,my dad did a PET-CT scan. 4 tumours in liver, 2 are about 1.5cm and 2 less than 1.0 cm. These tumous are from his colon. What to expect?

Recently,my dad did a PET-CT scan. 4 tumours in liver, 2 are about 1.5cm and 2 less than 1.0 cm. These tumous are from his colon. What to expect?

Treatments available: Case should be discussed on a multi-specialty tumor board. Inoperable liver metastasis may be treated with chemotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, & Radioembolization (performed by Interventional Radiology). Radioembolization combined with chemo has shown to slow progression for colon cancer when disease has progressed following prior treatment with chemotherapy & metastases limited to the liver. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a polyp and a tumor in the colon?

What is the difference between a polyp and a tumor in the colon?

Different types: A polyp is a cluster of cells usually on a stalk representing transforming cells that may convert to Ca. A colon tumor is a area of bowel with malignant cells forming a discrete mass that can spread. Originally thought all Ca's of colon arose from polyps but now found that there is a transforming field effect in bowel where certain sites become polyps, not all converting and other sites, Cancer ...Read more

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How long does it take to grow colon tumor?

How long does it take to grow colon tumor?

5-10 years: ... In general but some hereditary colon cancer syndromes and colitis patients can develop them within a year! ...Read more

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Does colon tumor lead to diverticulitis?

Does colon tumor lead to diverticulitis?

No: Colon cancer does not cause diverticulitis. But you can develop diverticulitis independently while having colon cancer. ...Read more

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What sorts of foods should a person eat or avoid following an operation to take out a colon tumor?

What sorts of foods should a person eat or avoid following an operation to take out a colon tumor?

No change: Generally I do not have my patients on any special diet after colon reaction. Just watch out for constipation if you take a lot of pain medications. ...Read more

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A 72 year old man is diagnosed with a 7cm primary tumor in his colon, which has spread to the liver. Which of?

Get all options: The standard of care for colon cancer with liver metastases has changed radically now that molecular typing of these tumors is available. I will assume this was done. A frank talk with an honest oncologist is due, and there is talk of cures depending on the molecular type. Get all the facts, and remember that comfort-measures-only is also an option. ...Read more

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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


Colonic (Definition)

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