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If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

Bag is rarely needed: Colostomy( external bag ) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery. It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more


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What do I do if my elderly mom have colon cancer? Please, need some answers?

What do I do if my elderly mom have colon cancer? Please, need some answers?

Sorry to hear: Can't tell you much without more details, too many variables. Best is to have a good chat with her oncologist about prognosis and treatment. There are many issues like her stage and general physical condition that will greatly affect the therapy. She may benefit of aggressive therapy or may do best with supportive care. Do remember: unless she is not competent, what to do is HER decision. ...Read more

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Help docs? Why is osteosarcomas more common in children, but colon cancer is more common in the elderly?

Help docs? Why is osteosarcomas more common in children, but colon cancer is more common in the elderly?

Cancers: A very interesting question. Childhood cancers are different than cancers occurring in adulthood. Childhood cancers occur in developing or maturing organs such as bone is affected as matures to adulthood. Adult tumors such as colon cancer occurs after the organ had undergone insults of one kind or another. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you live being elderly stage 4 colon cancer and renal failure and sepsis?

For what length of time can you live being elderly stage 4 colon cancer and renal failure and sepsis?

Sounds like serious: Illness. Of the conditions you mentioned, sepsis is probably the worst, because it means uncontrolled infection throughout the body. Next is renal failure, but dialysis can reverse some of the effects of it. Stage 4 colon cancer means widespread disease, so prognosis is poor. To have all of these conditions at one time in one person is quite ominous. ...Read more

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Can colon cancer be diagnosed only with CT scan showing lesion in right colon in elderly patient with anaemia, weightloss but no other symptoms?

Can colon cancer be diagnosed only with CT scan showing lesion in right colon in elderly patient with anaemia, weightloss but no other symptoms?

CT: A ct colography (virtual colonoscopy) is an option if the ct is negative, but standard optical colonoscopy is the gold standard. There are limitations to both. See your gastroenterologist. Every test decision is individualized. Read more at www.Browardgi.Com. ...Read more

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How do they test for colon cancer? Not screening but diagnosing.

How do they test for colon cancer? Not screening but diagnosing.

Colonoscopy: A colonoscopy evaluates the whole colon directly and if a mass or lesion is identified, it can be removed or biopsied. If you could only have one test, that would probably be the one to choose. ...Read more

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What are the primary symptoms of colon cancer?

What are the primary symptoms of colon cancer?

Depends on location: If right sided may present with anemia (common). If large, some patients present with obstructive symptoms that require a bowel diversion. If metastatic can present with weight loss if extensive. One of the most common is detection of blood in the stool when a physician performs a rectal exam. Many variations of presentation. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What r the signs of colon cancer?

What r the signs of colon cancer?

Colon cancer: Colon Cancer may have no apparent signs until late in its course, such as bleeding in the stool, early satiety, bowel pain or discomfort, a change in bowels (diarrhea/constipation/consistency of stool). That is why it is important to get your routine screening tests at age 50 or younger if with a family history, and see your dr for regularly scheduled visits. Also, Never SMOKE or QUIT if you do! ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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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


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more