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Will colon cancer make me lose my hair?

Will colon cancer make me lose my hair?

No: Some chemo therapeutics cause hair thinning, but not the cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Bauman
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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My grandma has been diagnosed with colon cancer Will her hair fall out?

My grandma has been diagnosed with colon cancer Will her hair fall out?

Possibly: When dx of colon cancer made, resection of primary is essential even if mets such as to liver present. In liver, chemoembolization indicated. If chemo given to shrink colon lesion first, FOLFOX usually given. It produces nausea, low white count lasting short time. Occassionally if sensitive, hair will be lost. Using a band on forehead or an ice pack can then diminidh chemo to hair follicles ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my grandma has been diagnosed with colon cancer will she loose her hair?

What do you suggest if my grandma has been diagnosed with colon cancer will she loose her hair?

No: Just having colon cancer does not cause hair loss. If surgery is performed, depending on the nature of the lesion, chemo may or may not be used. Post op adjuvant chemo could be given and under those circumstances. Here, depending on the drug used, the hair follicles can be effected to cause of hair loss. ...Read more

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I've got in my head that I have colon cancer, but GI says he doesn't feel lump I feel in rectaum?

I've got in my head that I have colon cancer, but GI says he doesn't feel lump I feel in rectaum?

Get another opinion: If you are not satisfied with one doctor's opinion, you are entitled to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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My appetite has been lacking lately im 22 and don't smoke and. No family history of colon cancer what are odds I have cc? Is.It all in my head im scared

My appetite has been lacking lately im 22 and don't smoke and. No family history of colon cancer what are odds I have cc? Is.It all in my head im scared

Very unlikely...: At 22 you have a very low likelihood of having colon cancer. Other causes for lack of appetite such as depression, anorexia, flu/cold, among many others would be thought of first. That being said, a sudden and unexplained lack of appetite should be worked-up. Please see your health care provider. ...Read more

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My mom (age 60) stg 4 colon cancer survivor. Struggling a week with foggy head, disorientation, confusion, unsteadiness walking...Antibiotic for sinus?

My mom (age 60) stg 4 colon cancer survivor. Struggling a week with foggy head, disorientation, confusion, unsteadiness walking...Antibiotic for sinus?

Consult her oncologi: Her oncologist needs to know about this new development. Cancer can spread to brain and cause symptoms like the ones you have described. It can also be due to metabolic derangements which can occur due to her cancer. So an urgent visit and further evaluation is advised. ...Read more

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I have soft thin stool. I'm so worried. Is it colon cancer? I have hemorrhoids. No blood no wt loss and no pain in abd. I felt bulgng in rectum.

I have soft thin stool. I'm so worried. Is it colon cancer? I have hemorrhoids. No blood no wt loss and no pain in abd. I felt bulgng in rectum.

Colon cancer: At your age colon cancer is highly unlikely. Hemorrhoids can cause your problem, and occur often with constipation. Adjust your diet with more fruits, vegetables, carrots, lots of fluids. To check on hemorrhoids you will need to see your doctor for a check up. ...Read more

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Would a cat scan a month ago show advanced colon cancer? Been having weakness weight loss last few weeks and I hear you don't get symptoms till advnc

Depends: It depends on what you mean by advanced. If you mean spread to other organs, usually it will. If you mean advanced within the colon itself. Not unless it was really large. I've noticed that you seem to be asking a lot about colon cancer. If you have had a clear colonsocopy, you should be in the clear. ...Read more

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Is weight loss a common symptom of colon cancer?

Is weight loss a common symptom of colon cancer?

Maybe: It can be a symptom but there are many other reasons for weight loss. A thorough evaluation should be done by a qualified physician to determine the cause of the weight loss. ...Read more

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I understand colon cancer is rare in my 20s im 22 but is early satiety or loss of appetite specific symptoms of colon cancer? What are the main signs?

I understand colon cancer is rare in my 20s im 22 but is early satiety or loss of appetite specific symptoms of colon cancer? What are the main signs?

Wt loss: And early satiety are not normal, and you need a real vs a virtual person to ask you things, examine you, and see if further tests are needed. The one thing I'm fairly sure this is not is colon cancer. Can produce overt or covert blood, cramping, varied and changed bm patterns. A physical exam and full history would help a lot before mor costly testing. ...Read more

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Metastic colon cancer. Chemo started in march. Person passed away within 2 weeks of appetite loss and bilirubin increase. Although scan showed stable disease. Can this happen.?

Metastic colon cancer. Chemo started in march. Person passed away within 2 weeks of appetite loss and bilirubin increase. Although scan showed stable disease. Can this happen.?

Yes: While most patients with metastatic colon cancer receiving chemo can function in the advanced stage of disease for 5-7 months, some live only a few weeks after chemo is initiated. This is due to extent of liver and other sites of mets. Although scan showed stable disease, some tumors express TNF and develop cachexia and loss of appetite leading to organ failure and end stage disease. ...Read more

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Is loss of appetite in 22 yr old common symptom of stomach or colon cancer?

Is loss of appetite in 22 yr old common symptom of stomach or colon cancer?

Not necessary: Loss if appetite can happen for many reasons, upset stomach depression and also for stomach ca. If u r concerned about something see your PCP for evaluation. ...Read more

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If I'm having muscle weakness weight loss and its colon cancer, does that mean its spreading? Colonoscopy in 2 weeks.

If I'm having muscle weakness weight loss and its colon cancer, does that mean its spreading? Colonoscopy in 2 weeks.

See your physician: If you truely have colon cancer you are on the right track by having a colonosopy. It does not sound like you have that diagnosis as yet. Your anxiety prior to an actual diagnosis could be the cause of your muscle weakness and weight loss. ...Read more

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Is weight loss an early symptom for colon cancer or for advanced?

Is weight loss an early symptom for colon cancer or for advanced?

If colon cancer: Is the only cause of weight loss and there are no other causes, it is a late sign. ...Read more

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I'm65 I've lost 3 kilos almost 2 years ago ever since that it's 1 kilo up and down. I think weight loss of colon cancer will not stop for 2 years?

I'm65 I've lost 3 kilos almost 2 years ago ever since that it's 1 kilo up and down. I think weight loss of colon cancer will not stop for 2 years?

Prob not related: The weight loss associated with cancer is almost always associated with significant anorexia (loss of appetite). Such weight loss is not seen after successful surgery for colon cancer unless there are evident metastases. Microscopic residual colon cancer, even if present, does not cause anorexia or weight loss. ...Read more

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32 yr old female. 40 lb weight loss, tailbone pain for 7 months, heavy rectal pressure, change in bowel habits. Possible colon cancer?

32 yr old female. 40 lb weight loss, tailbone pain for 7 months, heavy rectal pressure, change in bowel habits. Possible colon cancer?

Colon cancer: 32 F. 40 lb weight loss, tailbone pain for 7 months, heavy rectal pressure, change in bowel habits. Possible colon cancer? ANS: Possible but not likely at your age unless you have strong FH of colon CA. I would tell y0ur Dr and have stool checked for blood and have rectal exam and then colonoscopy. Keep me posted. ...Read more

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Sure I have colon cancer but dr says likely ibs. Having colonoscopy in 3 weeks. Symptoms are chronic diarreah. Pain. Gas. Weight loss which I gain back.

Sure I have colon cancer but dr says likely ibs. Having colonoscopy in 3 weeks. Symptoms are chronic diarreah. Pain. Gas. Weight loss which I gain back.

Patience: I hope you are wrong and there is no cancer but even if so, 3 weeks would not affect the outcome. I know waiting can be hard but try to gather all your optimism during the waiting period. Again, I truly hope there is no cancer there. ...Read more

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Complete appetite loss in chemo for metastic colon cancer, does not feel like eating anyting. Is this unusual?

Yes: Sadly yes a lot of cancer cause appetite loss even without the side effects of chemo. That's why people think that smoking marijuana which has it's own side effect of giving you the "munchies" would help cancer pt eat better. I think cancer pt's should be allowed whatever they need especially if they are in pain and need help should have access to whatever makes them feel better. ...Read more

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I don't know why im so fearful of colon cancer at my age of 22 I have a poor appetite but no other symptoms like weight loss or fever how common is the cancer in a 22 year old? Is lack of appetite a symptom of colon cancer?

I don't know why im so fearful of colon cancer at my age of 22 I have a poor appetite but no other symptoms like weight loss or fever how common is the cancer in a 22 year old? Is lack of appetite a symptom of colon cancer?

Unusual: I had answered with the data on colon cancer to your question. From age 20-30 the percentage of people with colon cancer is a little over 1 %. Remember that most people of any age do not get colon cancer. At your age this is very low on the list of causes. Anxiety, thyroid disease, stress, bad diet are all much more likely.
See your doc so that you can stop worrying and live life happily. ...Read more

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Paranoid about colon cancer. Constipated sometimes, pellet like stools, not bloody or pencil like, no weight loss, pain in abdomen, etc. Help?

Paranoid about colon cancer. Constipated sometimes, pellet like stools, not bloody or pencil like, no weight loss, pain in abdomen, etc. Help?

Doubt it!: In the absence of a family history of colon cancer and without relevant signs or symptoms, colon cancer is placed much lower on the list as the cause of your constipation. Ibs or functional constipation is more likely. See your doctor for a formal diagnosis and to get effective treatment. And don't forget your fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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Loosed/mushy stools for months, constant bloating, fatigue, loss of appetite & weight. No rectal bleeding or pain. Anxious about colon cancer. I'm 25.

Loosed/mushy stools for months, constant bloating, fatigue, loss of appetite & weight. No rectal bleeding or pain. Anxious about colon cancer. I'm 25.

Rare but possible: At 25 it would be very unusual to develop colorectal cancer and almost always would be related to an inherited family predisposition like having 2 or more first degree family members with colorectal cancer, ovarian or endometrial cancer or someone with a lot of polyps. At your age these symptoms are usually not cancer but you absolutely see your doctor for a check up ...Read more

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My wife has colon cancer and has no appetite to speak of. She's lossing a lot of weight. What do you know about ghrelin? Is this something she could b

Need supportive team: Having a diagnosis of cancer's very overwhelming.Depression happens frequently in cancer patients. It can manifest as withdrawal, decrease apetite, feeling worthless, sad, etc-.Talking about cancer isn't easy for some cancer patient especially when they are depressed. Give her some time, be there and be supportive. Ghrelin is not the answer. Weight loss could be due to cancer+/- depression. D/w md. ...Read more

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What are you chances of having colon cancer in your 30's compared to a younger age?

What are you chances of having colon cancer in your 30's compared to a younger age?

Depends: Depends on familial risks of colon cancer and any inherited disorders linked to the possibility of colon cancer such as polyposis conditions. Generally, risks of colon cancer are higher after age 50. A cleveland clinic site states that less than 2% of colon cancer occurs under age 40. Even less common to have colon cancer in age 30's or younger. ...Read more

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


Dr. Marvin Ott
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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