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Does the small intestine also get polyps and cancers like the colon does?

Does the small intestine also get polyps and cancers like the colon does?

Yes less frequently: Yes less frequently than colon, early detection is difficult due to location, some of them have genetic etiology. ...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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Colon cancer spread to small intestine, what do you suggest?

Colon cancer spread to small intestine, what do you suggest?

Depends: Did it grow directly into the small bowel or spread as a metastasis? In one or in many places? Was it just diagnosed or is it a late recurrence? Any previous chemo? What's the patient's general health? The patient's oncologist should be able to weigh all the options and come up with a treatment plan. If this is about you, best wishes. ...Read more

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Colon cancer spread to small intestine, what are the most aggressive options when this happens?

Discuss with onc: you should discuss with your oncologist. additional information is needed- i.e. presence of lymph nodes and other distance organ/s involvement. where is the location of the colon cancer and what part of the small intestine involved? important to get the right staging and check the biology of the cancer to guide treatment. if able to get surgery- most aggressive would be surgery then chemo/ ...Read more

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My colon cancer spread to small intestine help, what treatments are available?

My colon cancer spread to small intestine help, what treatments are available?

Surgery, if possible: If surgical resection is possible, proceed after a pet/ct scan to evaluate all possible sites of recurrence. Chemo +/- radiation might also might appropriate depending upon the site and extensiveness of disease. ...Read more

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My mum has had colon cancer and my grandma (mums mum) had small intestine cancer. Are there steps I can take to prevent cancer myself?

My mum has had colon cancer and my grandma (mums mum) had small intestine cancer. Are there steps I can take to prevent cancer myself?

Heritable cancer: First it might be good to know which type of cancers they had-- i.e. if they truly were inherited by known pathways (polyposis, Lynch syndrome, etc.) Prevention would include healthy diet (high fiber, no nitrites, no alcohol, etc.) and appropriate screening at a possibly earlier age. Consulting with a pathologist/gastroenterologist or geneticist about the cancer pattern and path may be useful. ...Read more

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I am curious if all the polyps in your stomach are removed then how can you get colon cancer?

I am curious if all the polyps in your stomach are removed then how can you get colon cancer?

Polyposis: It may be that the polyposis syndrome that you are dealing with may be more extensive. Frequently, when people speak about gastrointestinal polyposis, it may involve more than one part of the GI tract. Thus, although the stomach was treated, there may have been more polyps elsewhere. Alternatively, you may also explain this by postulating two separate entities or sites for cancer to start. ...Read more

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I had small multiple polyps in my sigmoid colon, and erosion seen at rectum, decending colon. Is there a highrisk for cancer, please help?

I had small multiple polyps in my sigmoid colon, and erosion seen at rectum, decending colon. Is there a highrisk for cancer, please help?

Depends: Risk can depend family history of polyps, cancer, number, size, and cell type of polyps, presence or absence of inflammatory bowel disease. If present, more frequent colonoscopies indicated. Low fat, hi fiber diet, containing low or no fat dairy, lots of fruit, vegs, legumes, whole grains may help. Supplements preventiodon't help as much. Talk to md ifif Aspirin or NSAID prevention is indicated 4u. ...Read more

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39y/o, had 2 polpys removed (sigmond & descending, villous adenoma w/high grade dysplasia). Will i get colon cancer even though 2 polyps were removed?

No.: If you have close follow up and colonoscopies you can avoid cancer. You should start by having genetic testing to see if you have hnpcc syndrome. If you do you will need yearly or every other year colonoscopies. ...Read more

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Does everyone who gets colon or rectal cancer get polyps first?

Does everyone who gets colon or rectal cancer get polyps first?

Most do.: Most colorectal cancers arise in adenomatous polyps, which are the type of polyps that are examined for and removed in colonoscopy. Data now shows that removal of colorectal polyps decreases coloretcal cancers as well as the risk of dying from a colorectal cancer. Less frequently, colorectal cancers can be founs that do not arise from polyps. This most often happens in inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...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