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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
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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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Is Alpha Lipoic Acid a good cancer treatment for colon cancer ?

Is Alpha Lipoic Acid a good cancer treatment for colon cancer ?

Only in lab cells: Alpha lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant that has typically been used for diabetic neuropathy. Current "in vitro" studies suggest that colon cancer cells grown in the lab, self-destruct (apoptosis) in the presence of alpha-lipoic acid. At least one patient claimed to be cancer-free after using ALA. ALA is non-toxic but difficult to find in a pure form.Choose foods instead-spinach, broccoli ! ...Read more

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I am being treated for colon cancer 11 so far. Now my acid reflux is getting worse and having trouble swallowing. Are they related? B4 chemo ref ok

I am being treated for colon cancer 11 so far.  Now my acid reflux is getting worse and having trouble swallowing.  Are they related?  B4 chemo ref ok

Perhaps: Reflux symptoms can be worsened by anything that suppresses the immune system. Evaluating a patient for problems with reflux and the effectiveness of treatment frequently requires looking from above with an endoscope (esophagi-gastro-duodenoscopy). ...Read more

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Brother at 52 diag. Colon cancer. I'm 47 and have Type 1&2 Bristol chart feces for a very long time. Acid reflux, choking at night on acid chestpain?

Brother at 52 diag. Colon cancer.  I'm 47 and have Type 1&2 Bristol chart feces for a very long time.  Acid reflux, choking at night on acid chestpain?

Unrelated to Ca: Bristol Classification measures stool shapeand transit time in bowel, unrelated to any malignant pathology developing in the colon. the upper GI symptoms and acid reflux are unrelated to potential for a colonic reoplasm which usually is induced via the polyoma virus entering mucosa and establishing a field effect in which various lesion arise. One should check out bowel pathology via colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I am 33 year old male, have had loose stools (not watery) for years. Stomach growling/gas/acid reflux/mild cramps, hemrroids. Is this colon cancer?

I am 33 year old male, have had loose stools (not watery) for years. Stomach growling/gas/acid reflux/mild cramps, hemrroids. Is this colon cancer?

IBS: Symptoms of loose stools ; abdominal cramps in young adult male suggestive of irritable bowel syndrome. Intestinal cancer would be most unusual. Personally, i would be interested in history of extreme sports participation ; chronic low back pain, which I have found concommitent with these symptoms in young adult males. The symptoms suggest that a primary medical doctor evaluation is in order. ...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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Where does colon cancer spread to?

Where does colon cancer spread to?

Colon ca mets: Most commonly to the liver. Then to the lungs. Rectal cancer may spread to lung before spreading to liver. ...Read more

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How fast does colon cancer spread?

How fast does colon cancer spread?

It depends: Some cancers grow slowly and others rapidly. At this point we cannot predict what will happen on an individual basis but as we learn more about the biology that day will come. ...Read more

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How can colon cancer affect the body?

How can colon cancer affect the body?

Blockage/Bleeding: Depending on their size and location, colon cancers may cause the above problems. The bleeding tends to be very slow, like a dripping faucet, and may not be evident by sight. Obstruction can cause a change in bowel habits (constipation, pencil-thin stools) and/or bloating. Like any cancer, there is the potential to spread to other organs, which may cause fatigue, loss of appetite, wt loss, etc. ...Read more

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What does colon cancer do to my body?

What does colon cancer do to my body?

Depends...: I like dr. Kaplan's answer but want to add that colon cancer may be silent until it's too late. Screening is very important therefore. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer affect the body?

How does colon cancer affect the body?

Depends: Early on there may be no effect. As the disease progresses undiagnosed, you may develop a change in bowels, blood in stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy, loss of stamina, bowel obstruction, shortness of breath, anemia, early diagnosis in high risk patients or regular colonoscopies is the best way to avoid all of the above. ...Read more

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End stage colon cancer what to expect?

End stage colon cancer what to expect?

Check out website: Please check out www.Michaelsmission.Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. ...Read more

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How rare is colon cancer in a 25 year old?

How rare is colon cancer in a 25 year old?

Pretty rare : Please check out www.Michaelsmission.Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the stages of colon cancer?

Can you tell me the stages of colon cancer?

Colon cancer staging: Please open this website- a very useful resource with a very nice illustration. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/colon/patient/page2. ...Read more

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What does colon cancer generally look like?

It varies: Colon cancer can be in the form of a polyp or what is referred to as an apple-core lesion, meaning a circumferential narrowing at a specific site in your colon. The above descriptions refer to what is seen either endoscopically during a colonoscopy or radiologically during a barium enema lower GI series. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of colon cancer?

Sometimes: They don't have any, and discovered on screening colonoscopy. These have the best prognosis. The earliest symptom is probably bleeding, but at first you need occult blood testing to detect small amount of bleeding. Then gross blood, then obstruction and perforation symptoms, such as cramps, pain, fever, chills, and even peritonits. These have much worse prognosis, so get colonoscopy at age 50. ...Read more

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Can you get colon cancer from wall thickening?

No: Causes of wall thickening are usually inflammation. Still, you should continue to be checked until the thickening disappears. ...Read more

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Folic Acid (Definition)

Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...Read more


Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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