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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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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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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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How common is liver or colon cancer at age 20? Never smoke or drink, very fit and otherwise healthy. Male.

How common is liver or colon cancer at age 20? Never smoke or drink, very fit and otherwise healthy. Male.

Rare: Unless you have a familial hereditary colon ployposis or other increased risk factors, colon cancer would be rare. Liver cancer is even more rare in us unless you have liver cirrhosis or exposure to hepatitis virus. ...Read more

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Should you drink alcohol if you have stage 4 colon cancer?

Should you drink alcohol if you have stage 4 colon cancer?

It's up to you: Your cancer is shortening your life. If you find alcohol enjoyable, and you would like to have some, I don't see a reason to deprive yourself. Just make sure your doctor knows and gives you some guidelines about how much is safe, as it could affect how your body metabolizes other medications you are taking. Drinking alcohol in moderation will not change your prognosis. ...Read more

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I don't drink alcohol at all and still have rectal bleeding, could I have colon cancer?

I don't drink alcohol at all and still have rectal bleeding, could I have colon cancer?

Maybe: Rectal bleeding is never normal. It always needs to be checked out by a physician. There are many causes of rectal bleeding. It could be something as simple as a hemorrhoid or something as serious as colon cancer. ...Read more

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How likely is I to get colon cancer? 22 male I don't smoke or drink and no family history just a lack of appetite is that a main sign of colon cancer?

How likely is I to get colon cancer? 22 male I don't smoke or drink and no family history just a lack of appetite is that a main sign of colon cancer?

Not likely: Without a family history a 22 year male is highly unlikely to have colon cancer. Lack of appetite may be due to many causes would require a detailed history, physical examination and lab and/or imaging studies. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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How likely is colon cancer is a 20-25 year old male who doesn't smoke, drink, good diet. Father's mother died of colon cancer, but dad is totally fine.

How likely is colon cancer is a 20-25 year old male who doesn't smoke, drink, good diet. Father's mother died of colon cancer, but dad is totally fine.

Not likely: Not likely but should start surveillance with colonoscopy at either age 40 or ten years prior to age of DX in relative with carcinoma, whichever is sooner. Dad should undergo surveillance as well as should all if his siblings, starting age 40. ...Read more

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Sometimes after I drink a lot of whiskey I see some blood in my stool the next day. This is pretty scary, do I have colon cancer or something?

Sometimes after I drink a lot of whiskey I see some blood in my stool the next day. This is pretty scary, do I have colon cancer or something?

Probably not: Most likely related to gastric or stomach irritation. This can lead to a little gastric erosion causing some bleeding. I would suggest decreasing the amount of alcohol you drink. I would also suggest you discussing this with your doctor as it could be a more serious situation. ...Read more

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My dad has stage 4 colon cancer, he hasn't eaten in 5 days, he's drinking fluids, sleeping 80% of the day, and has bad jaundice. How much longer?

My dad has stage 4 colon cancer, he hasn't eaten in 5 days, he's drinking fluids, sleeping 80% of the day, and has bad jaundice. How much longer?

Terminal Cancer: Let me say how very sorry I am about your father. It seems like he does not have a lot of time left. It is impossible for us to say how long. This is a question that is best left with his treating physicians who know his case best. Love him and be with him. My best to you and your family. ...Read more

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I'm 22 and terrified of colon cancer my appetite hasn't been there really I don't drink enough fluids could lack of fluid intake cause lack of appetite?

I'm 22 and terrified of colon cancer my appetite hasn't been there really I don't drink enough fluids could lack of fluid intake cause lack of appetite?

Cancer phobia: The only way to deal with the fear of cancer is to learn what you can about it. It is extremely unlikely that you have it at your age with no strong family history, but if you are afraid, get a 'scope done -- stemming fear is worth it. Further, if you are actually losing weight because you're not eating, there are a variety of possible causes. A physician's office visit is in order. ...Read more

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Following colon cancer surgery, is it safe to undergo chemo treatments when the liver isn't 100% healthy? Liver damaged slightly due to past drinking, no alcohol consumed for over 25 years now. Always healthy and strong. Exercise and healthy diet always.

Following colon cancer surgery, is it safe to undergo chemo treatments when the liver isn't 100% healthy? Liver damaged slightly due to past drinking, no alcohol consumed for over 25 years now. Always healthy and strong. Exercise and healthy diet always.

Probably yes: Chemotherapy for colon cancer is typically a regime abbreviated to folfox. There is an agent which has some liver toxicity but is generally safe. You will be closely monitored while on chemotherapy. And the oncologist will take into account your liver function and history before stsrting therapy. ...Read more

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Curious: What are the chances of colon cancer in someone age 34, non smoker, rare drinker, no fam hx, healthy weight (BMI around 21 or 22)?

Curious: What are the chances of colon cancer in someone age 34, non smoker, rare drinker, no fam hx, healthy weight (BMI around 21 or 22)?

Low risk before 50: Colon Cancer and Age 90% of new cases and 95% of deaths from colon cancer occur in people 50 or older. However, colon cancer does not discriminate and can happen to men and women at any age. While rates for colon cancer in adults 50 and older have been declining, incidence rates in adults younger than 50 years has been increasing. Just launched! New pages with tons of information about young-onset colon cancer, who’s at highest risk and resources for you. Check them out! Colon Cancer and Ethnicity and Race Jews of Eastern European descent (Ashkenazi Jews) may have a higher rate of colon cancer. Partly because of disproportionate screening, African-American men and women have a higher risk of developing colon cancer and a lower survival rate (about 20% higher incidence rate and 45% higher mortality rate) compared to Caucasians, Asians, Hispanics and Native Americans. The risk of death is also increased for Native Americans and Alaskan Natives. Colon Cancer and Family History People with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling, or children) who has colon cancer are between two and three times the risk of developing the cancer than those without a family history. ...Read more

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I learned that 5 hour energy drink can cause stomach or colon cancer. Is that true?

I learned that 5 hour energy drink can cause stomach or colon cancer. Is that true?

I doubt it: It's an irrational glamor mix of caffeine and some common chemicals that are naturally part of your body that probably do very little for you. I would no more believe a claim that this causes cancer than I did when the government agency noted for junk science came out about the possible dangers of sandbox sand. ...Read more

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Please explain why does the doctor not let my dad drink water after his colon cancer removal surgery?

Please explain why does the doctor not let my dad drink water after his colon cancer removal surgery?

Ileus: After abdominal surgery, especially for colon, the combination of handling the intestines, and surgery itself leads to "bowels going to sleep" which means that they do not move in a coordinated fashion. It takes several days for the bowels to "wake up" and if you give patients food while the bowels are asleep they can become distended and vomit. Usually we wait until the patient passes gas. ...Read more

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Can children get colon cancer?

Can children get colon cancer?

Yes: Usually adult children. The youngest patient I have seen in my practice with a family history of colon cancer, was first diagnosed at age 18. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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. Neigatha Graney
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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