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CAT scan of belly revealed colon wall thickening and I have been having awful belly pain . What does that mean ? Cancer ? Infection ? Inflamation ?

CAT scan of belly revealed colon wall thickening and I have been having awful belly pain . What does that mean ? Cancer ? Infection ? Inflamation ?

Impossible to say: from just the CT scan. cancer would be uncommon in a 27 year old, but not out of the question. You need to put the findings ( colon wall thickening) in context with what is going on clinically. Also, how long is the segment of wall thickening? Cancer usually is only involving a relatively short segment. Infection or inflammation can commonly affect a longer segment. Best wishes! ...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


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What does it mean to have colon cancer? My aunt wants to know.

What does it mean to have colon cancer? My aunt wants to know.

Colon cancer: Most common type is adenocarcinoma. Treatment will depend on the type and stage of the cancer. In early stage -curative surgery and plus minus chemotherapy ( chemo is recommended for all stage 3 and some cases of stage2); chemotherapy /biological therapy for advance stage. Radiation in few cases. See your doctor and have a detail discussion on this. For more info- www.Nccn.Com , patient resource. ...Read more

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What do you mean by low grade in colon cancer?

What do you mean by low grade in colon cancer?

Tumor cell growth: Pathologist will predict the out come by criteria by grading high or low the cancer cell growth, fast growing rapidly dividing , poorly differentiated cell not even resemble the tissue , has several cancer cells in the field etc will have poor prognosis, reverse is in slow growing low grade tumor will have better prognosis. ...Read more

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I have many polyps and a flat polyp on the right side of my colon. Does that mean I have cancer?

I have many polyps and a flat polyp on the right side of my colon. Does that mean I have cancer?

Not necessarily: ...As some polyps do not develop into cancer. That said, if you have "many" polyps, it may be to your benefit to visit a specialist in cancer genetics. Some folks carry inherited traits (genes) that lead to polyposis and different kinds of cancers. Talk to your pcp or gastroenterologist about this. ...Read more

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Does a little bit of bloody mucus mean rectal or colon cancer?

Does a little bit of bloody mucus mean rectal or colon cancer?

Blood needs check-up: Bleeding from the GI tract (whether identified via mouth or rectum, whether visible in stool or found on fecal occult blood test) is never normal. Even "a little bit" of bleeding deserves evaluation to identify source. For most patients, however bleeding as you describe does not mean cancer, but rather inflammation, broken blood vessels, diverticulosis, infection, ischemia, fissures, hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Does having a number of benign polyps in the colon mean a larger chance of colon cancer?

Does having a number of benign polyps in the colon mean a larger chance of colon cancer?

Yes: Colon polyps predisposes to development of cancer, needs regular endoscopic removal and examination for cancer cells.Some of these polyp conditions runs in the family ( familial adenomatous polyposis ), then all the family members need to be examined march is colorectal cancer prevention month see your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean to bleed "out" from colon cancer?

What does it mean to bleed "out" from colon cancer?

Hemorrhage: "bleed out" is jargon for significant blood loss. Generally requires intervention like transfusion, surgery, or embolization. ...Read more

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What does stage 4 colon cancer mean?

What does stage 4 colon cancer mean?

It has spread: Stage 4 colon cancer involves spread to distant organs; commonly it spreads to the liver, lungs, bones, abdomen cavity. Though these patients can have long-term survival for years in most cases it is incurable. ...Read more

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Colon cancer stage 3b but after surgery CEA level dropped from 13 to 1.8 what does it mean?

Colon cancer stage 3b but after surgery CEA level dropped from 13 to 1.8 what does it mean?

Tumor markers: Cea is a tumor marker it does not occur with all colon cancers but the fact that it dropped so abruptly is a positive sign. The marker has the ability to be used to monitor for recurrence. This does by no means indicates you are done. There are a number of treatments for colon cancer and you should recruit the serviceces of a board certified medical oncologist for an opinion on tx options. ...Read more

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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


Colonic (Definition)

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


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