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Doctor insights on: Fibre And Colon Cancer

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Dr. Zbigniew Moszczynski Dr. Moszczynski
Surgery
25 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

Bag is rarely needed: Colostomy( external bag ) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery. It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
4,316 doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Stephen Rothstein Dr. Rothstein
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
35 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
19 years in practice
Udayana University Faculty of Medicine
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What is colon cancer?

What is colon cancer?

Cancer of the colon: Cancer that forms in the tissues of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine). Most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). There are estimated 103, 170 (colon); 40, 290 (rectal) new cases and 51, 690 (colon and rectal combined) deaths from colon cancer in us in 2012. Screening with colonoscopy started at age of 50. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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What is colon cancer?

What is colon cancer?

Cancers: Cancers are abnormal, rapidly growing cells that do not know when to stop growing. These abnormal cells can damage local tissues, can attach to nearby organs or structures, can spread to lymph nodes, or can spread to other organs through the blood stream. Their growth damages what they are attached to, and often cancers encourage new blood flow to themselves. Cancer can grow in the colon. ...Read more

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Dr. Nancy Mckinney Dr. Mckinney
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
15 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Colon cancer any signs?

Colon cancer any signs?

Not always: Colon cancer tends to not have any signs or symptoms when it is early (when it is easiest to treat). That is why screening colonoscopies are so important, to remove any polyps that may become cancer, and to directly look for cancers. Colon cancer can cause bleeding from the rectum, tiredness from anemia, stool changes, or abdominal pain. Other things can cause this too. Best to be seen if ?S. ...Read more

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Dr. Bac Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Does colon cancer hurt?

Does colon cancer hurt?

Usually not: Early stages of colon cancer often have no symptoms. Colon cancer has long developmental stages starting out as polyps and can take yrs to develop, hence screening colonoscopy is done every 10 yrs for normal folks. Polyps can be removed during colonoscopy. Advanced cancer can cause pain by obstructing bowel, spread to liver, bone, brain, lung etc. See doc regulalry. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder Dr. Blackwelder
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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What cures colon cancer ?

What cures colon cancer
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Early detection!: The best thing that improves the chances of curing colon cancer is early detection. So preventive health care and screening are key. All adults should have a colonoscopy at age 50 to look for cancers or early cancers, usually as polyps. If you have a strong family history or certain conditions it is recommended you get earlier screening.Once detected, colon ca usually is cured by surgery, or drugs. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Brewer Dr. Brewer
Surgery - Colorectal
30 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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What causes colon cancer?

What causes colon cancer?

Very complicated: Monoclonal theory says that just like we are a living thing, we are born, we have jobs to do and then we die, each cell has a similar cycle of birth, life, and death. Cancer occurs when a cell develops so many mutations that it does not follow that cycle and does not die but can still divide itself and hides from our immune system which is there to detect abnormal cells and destroy them. ...Read more

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Dr. Kimberly Stone Dr. Stone
Surgery
8 years in practice
UC Irvine School of Medicine
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Can this be colon cancer?

Can this be colon cancer?

Not enough info: Colon cancer can present with or without symptoms. Common symptoms include change in stool caliber/consistency, rectal bleeding or blood with bm, abdominal pain, anemia. If you have not been screened, you should consider the various screening options for colon cancer, includine a stool test to check for blood, colonoscopy, or sigmoidoscopy. If you are having bleeding, you need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

Marianne DiNapoli Dr. DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
68 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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How does colon cancer begin?

How does colon cancer begin?

Polyps.: Polyps (adenomas) are small, benign masses that can form within the colon. The life cycle of the mucus membranes of the colon becomes disrupted, either from genetic or environmental reasons, causing growth of polyps. If polyp growth continues abnormally, they have the potential to develop into an invasive lesion and become cancerous. ...Read more

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Dr. Prashant Sinha Dr. Sinha
Surgery
15 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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How does colon cancer spread?

How does colon cancer spread?

Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes are the way colon cancer cells usually escape the colon. It can grow through the colon into the surroundings. Finally it can move from lymph nodes into the blood stream that flows to the liver. When the colon is examined, and if lymph nodes are involved, chemotherapy is recommended. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Brewer Dr. Brewer
Surgery - Colorectal
30 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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How to know if colon cancer ?

Get tested: There are many tests that have been developed to test either a patient with concerning symptoms or just as a routine screening exam in an a symptomatic patient. Each individual situation is different. Testing stool for blood or now genetic abnormalities, rectal exam, X-rays such as barium enema or ct scan virtual colonoscopy are examples. Best is colonoscopy as you can both look and do. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Can be: The fastest-growers are the ones that follow genetic pathways associated with the lynch loci. They may not even be preceded by a polyp -- colonoscopy can be clean one year, and a year later, there's a cancer. That's actually quite fast as cancers go. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Gold Dr. Gold
Internal Medicine
40 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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How is colon cancer inherited?

How is colon cancer inherited?

Genes: Most colon cancers are not inherited. However, there is a subset which is associated with inherited genetic abnormalities such as hereditary polyposis a this hereditary non polyposis gene (hnpp). There are also syndromes that make you susceptible to a variety of different cancers including colon cancer such as lynch syndrome. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan Dr. Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
38 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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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. Jeffrey Cohen Dr. Cohen
Surgery - Colorectal
25 years in practice
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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39 old enough for colon cancer?

Yes: But not that common unless you have increased inherited risk factors. ...Read more

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead Dr. Hammerstead
Surgery - Trauma
46 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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What is terminal Colon cancer ?

What is terminal
Colon cancer ?

Stage IV: When the cancer has metastasized to other organs and there is no controlling it by medical or surgical means ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano Dr. Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
35 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Whats the signs of colon cancer?

Whats the signs of colon cancer?

None really...: In the majority of patients (over 80%), colon cancer is silent. Symptoms and signs of altered stool pattern or appearance, weight loss, blood in the stool are often late manifestations of advanced disease. Unfortunately, these signs are nonspecific, and can present with many other GI issues--so don't freak out if you are experiencing them. Just get checked. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
8 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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Could it be I have colon cancer?

Could it be I have colon cancer?

Any symptoms?: It is very rare that you would at your age, but our med school had a scholarship named for a 26yr old med student who passed from colon cancer. If you are having symptoms, such as bleeding with bowel movements, unexplained pain or pressure, weight loss, or have a family history, or have other issues like inflammatory bowel disease, see your doc for some easy tests and go from there. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
13 doctors shared insights

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. Sandra Lora Cremers
12 doctors shared insights

Colonic (Definition)

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