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What would experts say? Could a full body ultrasound scan show previously undiagnosed bowel cancer?

What would experts say? Could a full body ultrasound scan show previously undiagnosed bowel cancer?

No: Ultrasound is not a good way to look at the bowel/intestines. There is a lot of artifact from the gas within the bowel that makes things inside the bowel difficult to see. A test for blood in the stool and/or colonoscopy would be better. Sometimes a ct scan or upper GI or barium enema can also help. ...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


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Would blood tests give any indication that you have cancer in the body? Bowel cancer especially?

Would blood tests give any indication that you have cancer in the body? Bowel cancer especially?

Colon Cancer: CEA is blood test associated w/colon Ca. However, not a good screening test - significant false +, can be high with benign conditions & in early Colon Ca CEA may not be elevated. Current gold standard for Colon Ca screening is colonoscopy. 2 other alternatives- virtual colonoscopy (CT) & a new stool DNA test just recently approved by FDA. Screen age 50, 40 if + family history Colon Ca or polyps ...Read more

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Is bowel cancer lethal?

Is bowel cancer lethal?

Depends: It depends. See my prior answer on colon cancer. The "bowels" can include more than colon cancer, but depending on the stage and other factors gi/bowel/colon cancer can be cured. ...Read more

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Is bowel cancer hereditary?

Is bowel cancer hereditary?

Bowel Cancer: Bowel cancer can be associated with a hereditary disease - familial adenomatous polyposis - an, in addition, there are families in which bowel cancer runs, striking members at an earlier age than the usual 50+ onset. If there is colo rectal cancer in your family, it is best to undergo a simple screening test at your age, even though you are below the age when colorectal cancer usually strikes. ...Read more

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I need some info about bowel cancer?

I need some info about bowel cancer?

What part of bowels: Bowels could large or small depend on location small bowel could be in the beginning called duodenum or the middle called jejunum or the last part called ileum small bowel cancer very rare large bowel start with area called cecum then the right part of the colon then the transverse colon then the descending or left colon then the sigmoid and the rectum and finally the anus each cancer different. ...Read more

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What is bowel cancer and what causes it?

What is bowel cancer and what causes it?

Cancer: Cancer is an overgrowth of abnormal cells, and can occur most anywhere in the body. Intestinal cancer can more commonly affect the large intestine or colon, but also stomach or small bowel less commonly. It is an adenocarcinoma. Causes are uncertain and can be genetic, eating fatty foods, not eating healthy fruits and vegetables, obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, etc. ...Read more

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What cure rate for bowel cancer that advanced?

What cure rate for bowel cancer that advanced?

See below: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/detailedguide/colorectal-cancer-survival-rates.

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Does a dukes bowel cancer progress to dukes 2?

yes: Duke's classification of colon cancer is relation of tumor to bowel wall , lymph node involvement ( and metastasis ) yes if untreated will progress to next stage ...Read more

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What are the earliest symptoms of bowel cancer?

What are the earliest symptoms of bowel cancer?

None: Early colon (bowel) cancer will have no symptoms. Microscopic invisible blood in the bowel movements can be tested for with a doctor's visit. Colonoscopy can find early colon cancers. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more