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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is more deadly lung cancer or rectal cancer?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is more deadly lung cancer or rectal cancer?

Whichever is...: ...The most advanced (higher stage). That said, i would venture that stages being equal, you have better odds with rectal cancer. Also, rectal cancer can be detected earlier in a routine colonoscopy and will likely cause symptoms earlier than lung. Don't get me wrong, some people do survive lung cancer and some die of rectal cancer. ...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 rectal cancer curable?

Is rectal cancer curable?

Yes: If caught early, can be successfully treated with local excision or neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiation followed by surgery. The key is early diagnosis! all bleeding should be thoroughly evaluated and appropriate screening with colonoscopies can prevent more advance and incurable colorectal cancers! ...Read more

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How do you prevent rectal cancer?

How do you prevent rectal cancer?

Surveilance: The only proven effective method of reducing the incidence of colorectal cancer is surveillance colonoscopy with the removal of suspiciousmpolyps. ...Read more

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What is metastatic rectal cancer?

What is metastatic rectal cancer?

Tumor has spread: 'Metastatic' refers to a cancer that has spread to another site away from where it started. This happens when cancer invades blood vessels and lymphatics, allowing the cancer cells to spread and deposit in other organs. So ' metastatic rectal cancer ' means a tumor that started in the rectum is now outside the rectum, in other organs (liver is most common). ...Read more

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Is there a cure for rectal cancer?

Is there a cure for rectal cancer?

Yes: Depends on the extent or stage of the rectal cancer. Many options available, but it is definitely curable. ...Read more

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Is stage 1 rectal cancer very serious?

Is stage 1 rectal cancer very serious?

It can be..: This is where the cancer does not go past the muscle layer. Surgery can cure this but there are risks. Surgery can be through the abdomen with or without surgery on the anus. The first way might need a temporary or permanent colostomy, an opening for expulsion of waste. The other way requires a permanent colostomy. Surgery may be done that just involves the anus, but that risks recurrence. ...Read more

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What is stage 3 rectal cancer recovery?

What is stage 3 rectal cancer recovery?

Lymph node disease: Stage 3 rectal cancer describes cancer that has spread to lymph nodes. Stage 3 rectal cancer is treated with surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotehrpay. The order of these treatments mary vary somewhat. Recovery from surgery generally takes about 4 weeks. The course of chemotherapy and radiation is usually 6 months. ...Read more

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What kind of doctors treats rectal cancer?

Several: Rectal cancer treatment generally includes radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery. This is achieved through a coordinated approach by a radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, and rectal surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the early signs of rectal cancer?

What are the early signs of rectal cancer?

Bleeding is hallmark: Symptom of rectal cancer. But by the time there is bleeding, it is usually advanced. This is why you should have your doctor examine your rectum, test stool for occult blood, and even do endoscopy if there is any suspicion of rectal cancer. ...Read more

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How common is stage 1 rectal cancer in women?

How common is stage 1 rectal cancer in women?

Low but rising: Rectal cancer rates are low in the young age groups but recent seer data analysis suggests that the rate of rectal cancer in people under 40 is rising. The recommendation for patients in the under 40 age group is to not ignore rectal bleeding or pain or change in bowel habits and to have a physician evaluate any such symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Rectal Cancer (Definition)

Cancer by definition is the growth in size and number in an unregulated manner of a cell line that has developed a mutation. The mutation is passed through the offspring which accumulate more and more mutations. The defining factor is that the cells act immortal as compared to normal cells that have a programmed lifespan. In the rectum this can occur in the cells that ...Read more