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What causes belching when you have colon cancer spread to the liver?

What causes belching when you have colon cancer spread to the liver?

Not specific: Belching relayed to swallowing air, or some gastric irritation, or outflow obstruction with relief of stomach gas by belching instead if forward peristalsis. ...Read more

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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Hi am wanting to know if anyone has colon cancer when will the symptoms start showing up and will start affecting the body. Is colon cancer treatable!

Hi am wanting to know if anyone has colon cancer when will the symptoms start showing up and will start affecting the body. Is colon cancer treatable!

It is treatable ...: At all stages ,though obviously more difficult the wide spread the disease. But colon can may not have any symptoms early on in the disease. That's why we do screening colonoscopies to help pick up concerning lesions as early as possible. Otherwise early symptoms are usually hidden blood in your stool then obvious blood. Obstruction can happen later on too. ...Read more

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Hi can an abdominal ultrasound check for colon cancer spread? And if its normal dies that mean ca is confined to colon?

Hi can an abdominal ultrasound check for colon cancer spread? And if its normal dies that mean ca is confined to colon?

No: Cancer surveillance is usually done with a CT scan. Ultrasound is unable visualize most of the abdomen effectively. A normal ultrasound would not exclude spread of the cancer. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean in a person with liver cancer when the pain pills pass through them whole?

What exactly does it mean in a person with liver cancer when the pain pills pass through them whole?

Pills: Some types of medications, especially some narcotics, are a formation that allows for slowr release over a longer time period. Some of the pills will leave the body looking like a full tablet, but the medication has already released itself from small cavities within the structure of the tablet. Never try to crush or break up these types of tablets. ...Read more

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What happens if all the polyps in your stomach are removed then how can you get colon cancer?

What happens if all the polyps in your stomach are removed then how can you get colon cancer?

Confused: Stomach is at end of esophagus, then small intestine, then colon, then rectum. One can have polyps in any of these. One can have cancer in any of these. They can happen at same time or separately. ...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 have a severely redundant colon that is also permantly distended by gas, why can stool slowly get through but the gas does not, it goes backwards?

I have a severely redundant colon that is also permantly distended by gas, why can stool slowly get through but the gas does not, it goes backwards?

Different processes: Passage of gas is more mechanical process than passage of stool that requires active peristalsis in your colon to pass BM. If you haven't done it, you should have a GI consult for an endoscopic exam for proper diagnosis and management. Use OTC meds for gas and diet modification (avoid beans, cauliflower) in the meantime. ...Read more

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I have a severely redundant colon that is also permantly distended by gas, why can stool slowly get through but the gas does not, it goes backwards?


I have a severely redundant colon that is also permantly distended by gas, why can stool slowly get through but the gas does not, it goes backwards?

Gravity: Gas is lighter than air and tends to go up especially in a distended colon. The stool moves down because of peristalsis, movement, of the colons muscles. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if throughout chemo someone has a port in their arm, if they take the port out does that mean the cancer hasgone away?

Can you tell me if throughout chemo someone has a port in their arm, if they take the port out does that mean the cancer hasgone away?

Not exactly: An Oncologist will not generally recommend port removal when someone has final stages of cancer because the assumption is that that person will be on treatment off and on for the rest of his/her life. A port is removed very routinely after early stage cancer because the person may very well be cured. So it depends on the situation but in general it sounds like this person is considered curable. ...Read more

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Have you ever heard of gist cancer? It's supposed to be some stomach or intestinal cancer?

Have you ever heard of gist cancer? It's supposed to be some stomach or intestinal cancer?

GIST stands for: Gastrointestinal stromal tumor. It comes from neuroendocrine cells in the stomach or intestines. ...Read more

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Are polyps the same as colon cancer? After the doctor takes them out, does a person need chemo or radiation? Can they grow back?

Are polyps the same as colon cancer? After the doctor takes them out, does a person need chemo or radiation? Can they grow back?

The : The majority of polyps are not cancer. They are benign. Many are completely harmless. Others can grow into bigger polyps, which are called adenomatous polyps. Colonoscopy will remove all polyps. If not removed, these bigger polyps have the potential to develop into cancer. Your doctor would have discussed that with you if cancer were found during your colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what occurs when one has colon cancer and it metastasizes?

Can you tell me what occurs when one has colon cancer and it metastasizes?

Long story and great: Deal of information. A very brief explanation-you have damage to a cell line in your colon that leads to cancerous cells, which then over grow and are non-functional cells. These cells damage and destroys surrounding tissue, and if they get into the blood stream or lymph system, and goes somewhere else (called metastasis), then those cells damage those other organs and tissues as well. ...Read more

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Confused about abdominal ultrasound. I know it sees the abdominal area but does it also see the colon, stomach and si for any masses or tumors?

Confused about abdominal ultrasound.  I know it sees the abdominal area but does it also see the colon, stomach and si for any masses or tumors?

Abdominal ultrasound: There are multiple diagnostic tests that doctors can order to evaluate for abdominal complaints. The abdominal ultrasound uses sound waves to penetrate the abdominal wall, and like a fish finder, shows a picture of what's under the skin. The problem with ultrasound waves, is that they don't penetrate air very well, so organs containing air, like the intestine and stomach don't show up very well. ...Read more

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How does it make you feel when your large intestines is not working right? What are the symptoms of your large intestines messing up on you?

How does it make you feel when your large intestines is not working right? What are the symptoms of your large intestines messing up on you?

Symptoms: Bowel issues/symptoms can range from bloating, diarrhea, constipation, gassiness, generalized aches and pains to severe irritability, fever, and intense pain. Any of the latter, you need to see a dr. If the former sound more like it, you may have "irritable bowel syndrome." if concerned, see a GI dr. For an evaluation and the proper diagnosis so you can get well. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long can you live with gastric cancer in 4th stage, if it has spread to liver, lungs, and pancreas?

How long can you live with gastric cancer in 4th stage, if it has spread to liver, lungs, and pancreas?

Not long: The prognosis is very poor, however life expectancy is ver hard for docs to predict. Life span will depend on responsiveness to treatment and performance status of the patient, but with disease like you describe, i would e pect 6 months or less. ...Read more

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Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?

Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?

Most important: is polyp removal through recommended colonoscopy screenings. The longer you have had UC/inflammatory bowel disease, and if more than 1/3 to 1/2 of your colon is involved, the greater your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Controlling bowel inflammation by complying with your medication regimen is likely to be preventive. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, obesity. Low fat/high fiber diet, NSAIDs +/- ...Read more

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Can holding your stool in cause colon cancer when you are 50?

No!: But it's not a good idea! when your body sends you the signal that is time to move her bowels, you should listen. It's really pretty smart. Obviously, one cannot always get to a bathroom when we get that signal. But if you do, go move your bowels. Your colon, rectum, and especially the hemorrhoidal veins will thank you (prevent hemorrhoids!) good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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. Herman Hammerstead
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Colonic (Definition)

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