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Doctor insights on: Does Drinking Beer Make Radiation For Colon Cancer Less Effective

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Does drinking beer make radiation for colon cancer less effective?

Does drinking beer make radiation for colon cancer less effective?

No: Radiation works on an atomic level through ionization. Free radicals are created and these ultimately damage a cells dna disrupting their survival. Beer has nothing in it to stop that process. Doctors and nurses however tell people to stop drinking so the side effects are not increased. As long as their is no diarrhea and one drinks one or two beers there should be no harm. And not daily. ...Read more

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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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How effective is y90 radiation for treating stage 4 colon cancer in combination with chemo?

How effective is y90 radiation for treating stage 4 colon cancer in combination with chemo?

Very good palliation: Y90 microspheres are very good at relieving pain or progression of liver metastasis from colon primaries. While this may improve survival chemotherapy addresses the disease in other parts of the body. Y90 is infused specifically into the liver and associated with good efficacy whith few side effects. ...Read more

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How effective is radiation therapy for treating colon cancer?

How effective is radiation therapy for treating colon cancer?

Partially effective: The best approach for colon cancer is resection. If lesion is large such as one in the rectosigmoid, then RT plus chemo can be employed to reduce the lesion for resection. While the end effect minimizes local recurrence, it does not alter overall survival. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could colon cancer be caused by over alcohol use?

Please tell me, could colon cancer be caused by over alcohol use?

Yes: Both alcohol and tobacco are associated with a number of gastrointestinal cancers including colon cancer. However, almost all colon cancer starts in polyps, and colonscopy can detect and remove them. See your doctor and discuss with him/her, and if you are drinking to excess, get help with stopping/reducing. If there is a family history of colon cancer, you are even more at risk. ...Read more

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During radiation for colon cancer, there was a wall thickening of the bladder, but the doctor told my husband that theres nothing to worry. What could?

During radiation for colon cancer, there was a wall thickening of the bladder, but the doctor told my husband that theres nothing to worry. What could?

Depends: Bladder thickening may be nothing but should probably be investigated further. A few details would help: what was the stage and location of the colon cancer? What kind of surgery did he have? If it was rectal cancer (most likely since he got radiation) did he also get chemotherapy and was it given with radiation, after surgery, before surgery or all? Does he have any urinary bleeding or burning? ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol increase the risk of colon cancer?

Does drinking alcohol increase the risk of colon cancer?

It depends: Some studies suggest a link between an increased consumption of alcohol and colorectal cancer. A study analyzing the korean population showed a higher rate of colon cancer in people who consumed alcohol regularly. In a north carolina study the opposite appeared to be true - alcohol consumption seemed to decrease the rate of colon cancer. Basically, there there is no strong evidence either way. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Is it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Yes: Radiation is standard treatment for rectal cancers which have not spread and is used in combination with chemotherapy. For pure colon cancers, radiation is used sometimes in special situations (e.g. Cancer involving nearby critical organ or causing pain/ bleeding). The main therapies for colon cancer though are surgery and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Does chemotherapy and radiation help reducing the reccurence of colon cancer t4?

Does chemotherapy and radiation help reducing the reccurence of colon cancer t4?

In select patients: Chemotherapy is recommended for patients whose lymph nodes are involved with cancer, and is also advisable in select patients who are node-negative, but have other concerning features, including T4 tumors. In these situations, chemotherapy is likely to reduce the risk of recurrence. Radiation is not typically used in the treatment of colon cancer. ...Read more

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Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more


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