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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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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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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 do I know if colon cancer has spread in my body?

How do I know if colon cancer has spread in my body?

See a doctor: Numerous test including ct scans and pet scans can determine if there is any evidence for metastatic disease. See your oncologist for the best advice. ...Read more

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Could you need a body cast making for radiotherapy on colon cancer?

Could you need a body cast making for radiotherapy on colon cancer?

Colon cancer: Is rarely if ever treated with radiation as opposed to rectal cancer which often is treated with radiation/chemo and surgery. Not sure what you mean by a "body cast" but to my knowledge one is not used. ...Read more

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Hi am wanting to know if anyone has colon cancer when will the symptoms start showing up and will start affecting the body. Is colon cancer treatable!

Hi am wanting to know if anyone has colon cancer when will the symptoms start showing up and will start affecting the body. Is colon cancer treatable!

It is treatable ...: At all stages ,though obviously more difficult the wide spread the disease. But colon can may not have any symptoms early on in the disease. That's why we do screening colonoscopies to help pick up concerning lesions as early as possible. Otherwise early symptoms are usually hidden blood in your stool then obvious blood. Obstruction can happen later on too. ...Read more

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What would b classed as terminal colon cancer , ie how many tumors (mets) in the body, how big etc ?

What would b classed as terminal colon cancer , ie how many tumors (mets) in the body, how big etc ?

Organ failure: Number and size of lesions does not determine terminal disease. Many colon lesions recurr in mid abdomen as extensive lesions producing bowel obstruction. Others present with multiple peritoneal seeding. When end organ failure develops that can't be relieved by colostomy or liver replaced to produce jaundice that can't be relieved by stent then patient is entering terminal state. ...Read more

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Can colon cancer effect any other body systems besides the digestive system?

Can colon cancer effect any other body systems besides the digestive system?

No if it is: Localized to colon. But if it spreads to liver, lung, bone, or brain, it can cause problems in these organ systems. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have stonach or colon cancer. My stomach feels very odd. Little diarea and nausa. I have these llumps all over my body for long tim?

How do I know if I have stonach or colon cancer. My stomach feels very odd. Little diarea and nausa. I have these llumps all over my body for long tim?

See a doctor: Best to see a doctor for a physical examination & possible blood tests. Longstanding "lumps" on the body may likely just be benign fatty lipomas. Unable to tell if a person could have a cancer without a physical examination, maybe endoscopy & colonoscopy. But you also seem quite young to worry about cancers. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has colon cancer and his body is so weak to a point were he can sleep all day and still feels so tired and he's been bleeding profusely e?

My boyfriend has colon cancer and his body is so weak to a point were he can sleep all day and still feels so tired and he's been bleeding profusely e?

See answer: Very sorry to hear this. I wasn't sure what question you were asking? Is he in hospice?If so contact them immediately for advice. Otherwise, If he is bleeding profusely he should be transported to an ER for evaluation. ...Read more

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Done with12 chemo runs colon cancer 3 week ago, body scan &blood clean, today passed out in the tub then came to quick chemo related? Sugar good

Done with12 chemo runs colon cancer 3 week ago, body scan &blood clean, today passed out in the tub then came to quick  chemo related? Sugar good

contact your Oncolog: Your oncologist needs to be informed about this episode. I am sure, he/she can find out what caused you to pass out and remedy your problem. ...Read more

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If 61 yr m had a -ve whole body pet+ct done for renal mets 1 yr ago, how long we can postpone colonoscopy (first time)screening for colon cancer?

If 61 yr m had a -ve whole body pet+ct done for renal mets  1 yr ago, how long we can postpone colonoscopy (first time)screening for colon cancer?

Let me be: Sure i understand. She had a renal cancer removed, and that was more than a year ago, and pet showed no metastasis. She is asymptomatic and feeling well? There are advisories that colonoscopy should be done once each decade after 50. She would seem eligible for that, but there is no rush. ...Read more

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1 Morning stool test done.2-3 pus cells.SGOT 62,No blood.Blood test-mild eosinophilia.I have lipomas in my body.sonography normal.Colon cancer,lipoma?

1 Morning stool test done.2-3 pus cells.SGOT 62,No blood.Blood test-mild eosinophilia.I have lipomas in my body.sonography normal.Colon cancer,lipoma?

Sketchy information: Not a picture if colon cancer, also not the age, you need a Gastroenterologist to evaluate your condition better and do more comprehensive liver enzymes workup, goodluck ...Read more

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How does colon cancer affect your tissues?

How does colon cancer affect your tissues?

No effect: A small growing lesion can be present in bowel for several years and be asymptomatic. As a tumor grows and invades blood stream, it does elaborate an inhibitory molecule paralyzing the host immune system, that is mutated mitochondrial DNA. Should the lesion metastasize to liver it can obstruct bile ducts eventually compromising liver function.Colon Ca screening important. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer affect digestive system?

Maybe: This is a hard question to answer. So many other things cause digestive problems, one should not jump to the conclusion or worry about colon cancer initially. The colon, as the lower part of the digestive system , can cause obstructive symptoms if a large tumor is present. But, don't make that your initial assumption. Go see your doctor. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer affect the digestive system?

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How does colon cancer affect the digestive system?

Here are some...: In the early stage of colon cancer, the patients would not feel any change in digestive system unless having chronic inflammation. In its later stage, seeing blood in stool and blocking bowel passage may occur and be expected. After its related surgery if needed, patients may have some change in GI function from colon resection or colostomy. More? Ask Doc timely... ...Read more

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How does my dr know for sure I don't have colon cancer?

How does my dr know for sure I don't have colon cancer?

Has he/she looked?: While the great majority of colorectal cancers take years to arise from polyps, there are a few situations in which cancers develop faster, and may not go the polyp route. These include inflammatory bowel disease and some family genetic dosorders, like lynch syndrome. Talking with your doctor will help determine your risk level for colorectal cancer. ...Read more

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Any signs or symptoms to watch for with diagnosed colon cancer in paraplegic that can't feel pain like others?

Depends: If you're if you're wondering what symptoms to watch out for until the operation, about obstruction is a possibility. In this case, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal distention are common. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How can a doctor know for sure I don't have colon cancer?

How can a doctor know for sure I don't have colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: If reason to suspect colon cancer colonoscopy is considered best. Routine colonoscopy advocated by many M.D. Based upon age. ...Read more

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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


Colonic (Definition)

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