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Dr. Ritesh Rathore answered:

What does stage 4 colon cancer mean?

It has spread

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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.
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what do you mean by low grade in colon cancer?

Tumor cell growth

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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.
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Can a large polyp in your colon mean colon cancer?

Maybe

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Larger growths can contain cancer, but other polyps can be large and still be fully benign. Pathology would review the polyp after it is removed.
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What does it mean to bleed "out" from colon cancer?

Hemorrhage

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"bleed out" is jargon for significant blood loss. generally requires intervention like transfusion, surgery, or embolization
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered:

Does having pencil thin stool mean I have colon cancer?

For how long?

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Anybody can pass a thin one from time to time. If this persists for more than a few days, go in and get a rectal from your physician. It's more worrisome to have the caliber decreasing gradually over time.
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Please help docs! Is my stool red mean I have colon cancer?

Not always.

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But red stool could mean blood and blood in the stool could be due to cancer. Please see your doctor about this matter promptly even if the stools go back to normal.
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Dr. Tracy A. Berg answered:

Does constipation mean you have colon cancer.im 53 yrs old?

Not necessarily

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But think about your colon. It has to move heavy load of old stool. Start a bowel regimen with goal of 2 soft bowel movements daily. Water, juices up to 1.5 liters daily, fiber tablets, laxatives (milk of magnesium or Miralax), stool softeners, probiotics, and walking are all non-prescription things you can use for your bowel regimen. At 50 your colonoscopy will evaluate for cancer.
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Does a little bit of bloody mucus mean rectal or colon cancer?

Blood needs check-up

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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.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho answered:

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

Colon cancer

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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
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Dr. ROBERT Uyeda answered:

I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that mean I have colon cancer?

No, that is just one

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possiblity. Most likely is hemorroids, then infections, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulosis, angiodysplasia. But you are right, the most deadly is cancer, so have it checked out.
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