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Doctor insights on: Colonoscopy Cecum Cancer

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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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Can the cecum be seen during a colonoscopy? Or is it through a sigmoidoscopy? Can cancer of the cecum be detected through radiology tests like ct/mri?

Can the cecum be seen during a colonoscopy? Or is it through a sigmoidoscopy? Can cancer of the cecum be detected through radiology tests like ct/mri?

Yes-No-Maybe: Colonoscopy evaluates the entire large intestine, from cecum to rectum. Flexible sigmoidoscopy only goes as far as the left side of the colon, nowhere near the cecum. Routine ct scanning may identify a (large) cecal tumor but is much less sensitive than a colonoscopy; ct colonography is almost as sensitive as a colonoscopy, but is less desirable than colonoscopy since a biopsy cannot be done. ...Read more

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Could having a colonoscopy tell me if I have cancer or not?

Could having a colonoscopy tell me if I have cancer or not?

Yes, in the vast: Majority of cases. Sometimes, a small polypoid cancer can hide behind a curve or a fold, but this is rare. A competent endoscopist will hardly ever miss a colon cancer. Colonoscopy will not find cancer rthat is not in the colon. ...Read more

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How often does a colonoscopy miss cancer?

Rarely if ...: They prep is good and the endoscopist was sure he/she reached the beginning of the colon i.e. Cecum. Miss rate should be < 5%. ...Read more

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What happens if they find cancer mass while doing colonoscopy? Will they remove it immediately?

What happens if they find cancer mass while doing colonoscopy? Will they remove it immediately?

It depends: If the lesion appears large and involved within deeper layers, it will likely need to be removed surgically. If it is more confined and polyp-like, it will probably be removed during colonoscopy. as we can't determine if it is cancerous until we remove it and have a pathologist look at it. ...Read more

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Help everyone I am so worried I have cancer of the anus. Is colonoscopy the only way to tell for sure?

Help everyone I am so worried I have cancer of the anus. Is colonoscopy the only way to tell for sure?

Other options: If you are only worried about anal cancer, this can probably be evaluated with just a digital rectal exam from a qualified specialist. A rigid proctoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy can confirm, but a gloved finger should be able to help you. Best to discuss your concerns with a doctor. ...Read more

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I will have a colonoscopy dr found 2 polyps in simgdoscopy do all polyps are cancer? Do they grow back after they are removed?

I will have a colonoscopy dr found 2 polyps in simgdoscopy do all polyps are cancer? Do they grow back after they are removed?

Relax: Great majority of polyps are not cancer. Usually takes several years to develop cancer. Polyps>1 cm in size are most noteworthy. Most important colonoscopy is your first- to find polyps that developed over the decades. Should get follow up exams. Frequency depends on polyp number, size, type, family history. Discuss w/ md. Colonoscopy made headway in fight against cancer. Talk about diet, activity. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more