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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?

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

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


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