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How long does it take rectal cancer to grow?

How long does it take rectal cancer to grow?

No clear answer: While cancer doesn't develop overnight, processes leading upto cancer can take years. Here is a good overview on rectal cancer http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/colorectal-cancer. ...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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Diagnosed with stage 4 rectal cancer at age of 85.Bleeding from rectum with clots.If unable to stop bleeding , approximately how long to live?

Diagnosed with stage 4 rectal cancer at age of 85.Bleeding from rectum with clots.If unable to stop bleeding , approximately how long to live?

Depends: It is difficult to speculate how long someone lives without knowing the full details of your disease and factors about yourself. Even if stage iv, treatments that can improve your quality of life are very viable options. This can include radiation therapy to help control bleeding, etc. For cancer, it is best to have a multidisciplinary team (doctors from different specialities) weigh in. ...Read more

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What happens when you hold your poop in a long time? Do you get anus or rectal cancer?

What happens when you hold your poop in a long time? Do you get anus or rectal cancer?

You get bloated!: There is no evidence that "holding it in" causes any form of cancer. It can cause diverticulosis and hemorrhoidal symptoms! it is better to go when you have to go! ...Read more

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Can rectal cancer be cured?

Can rectal cancer be cured?

Yes, if early enuf: Like other cancers, rectal cancer has better prognosis (outlook) if diagnosed and treated at an earlier, rather than later stage. Very early cancers can be cured with burning the tissue. More advanced will likely need radiation/chemo/surgery in varying combinations and timing. Can be cured, but unfortunately, not always. ...Read more

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Is rectal cancer hereditary?

Is rectal cancer hereditary?

It can be: Cancer is where a cell literally becomes immortal and does not die but can still replicate itself. Genetic mutations cause this. Most genetic mutations that cause cancerous cells happen after we are born, but rarely we can inherit a bad gene. Construct a medical family tree and if colon or rectal cancer affects 2 or more across 2 generations and 1 is less than 50 must talk with doctor ...Read more

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What is grade 1 rectal cancer?

What is grade 1 rectal cancer?

Grading: Grading depends on microscopic picture of cancer. Lower the grade like grade 1 better the prognosis. But grading is not the only thing determine prognosis. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose rectal cancer?

How do you diagnose rectal cancer?

Colonoscopy: An endoscopic procedure such as proctoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is usually necessary to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of rectal cancer?

Bleeding,: Theso first sign of rectal ca is bleeding as solid feca; , material passes. As lesion gets larger increasing constipation and then pain noted. ...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