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If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

Bag is rarely needed: Colostomy( external bag ) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery. It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery. ...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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Can metastic colon cancer cause severe breathlessness ?

Can metastic colon cancer cause severe breathlessness ?

Sometimes if:: Colon cancer often spreads to the lungs and this would cause breathlessness. If for some reason the patient is very anemic it's possible he/or she would be short of breath. ...Read more

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I have a long family history of colon cancer, every bm is diarrhea, i'm losing weight and in severe pain, but i'm under 30. Could I have colon cancer?

I have a long family history of colon cancer, every bm is diarrhea, i'm losing weight and in severe pain, but i'm under 30. Could I have colon cancer?

Yes: Best to get these symptoms fully evaluated. You may need a colonoscopy for a definitive diagnosis. Although it is unusual for someone your age to have colon cancer, it is not impossible. Losing weight with severe pain means you need to know and not guess. Symptoms like these deserve a full evaluation in person by your health care provider. ...Read more

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Husband had colon cancer 7 years ago, chemo/radiation/surgery took 12 in, why still serious pot prob?

Husband had colon cancer 7 years ago, chemo/radiation/surgery took 12 in, why still serious pot prob?

Sphincter Control: First of all, congrats to your husband for being 7 years cancer-free. I need to make some assumptions in order to answer this question, namely, that your husband had ca of the rectum, since it was rx'd with chemo and rt. If so, the connection after the resection may be very close to the rectal sphincter, leading to difficulty controlling bowel movements. I suggest he see his surgeon with you. ...Read more

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I have colon cancer . On my second round of chemo. I have a severe crick in my neck ibro is not working can I take ambien (zolpidem) for sleep and oxy for pain?

I have colon cancer . On my second round of chemo. I have a severe crick in my neck ibro is not working can I take  ambien (zolpidem) for sleep and oxy for pain?

Medications: It depends on what your usual regimen of medications are and what strength of oxycodone you are using. So if you regularly take ambien (zolpidem) and oxycodone there should be no problem. I would take the lowest dose of each medication and check with your personal doctor or covering doctor on call to make sure. ...Read more

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In the past 4 months, a family member has had colon cancer surgery, a permanent catheter, chemo, a severe UTI and 3 hospitalizations. Is it appropriate to diagnose him/her at age 83 with dementia when he/she has never forgotten a friend or family member's

In the past 4 months, a family member has had colon cancer surgery, a permanent catheter, chemo, a severe UTI and 3 hospitalizations. Is it appropriate to diagnose him/her at age 83 with dementia when he/she has never forgotten a friend or family member's

Probably not: When chronically ill, someone can at least temporarily lose cognitive functions they previously had, or have dysfunction in memory, concentration, judgment, etc. With what your relative has been experiencing it's possible his/her mental functioning could be impacted (delirium). This is treated by addressing the underlying medical causes, and hopefully previous functioning will return. ...Read more

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23 y.o AA no family history of colon cancer. Currently suffering from severe constipation, thinner stools, gas that i can pass but no blood or sicknes?

23 y.o AA no family history of colon cancer. Currently suffering from severe constipation, thinner stools, gas that i can pass but no blood or sicknes?

Get checked: these re non specific symptoms. This may be as simple as needing more fiber and water. I would recommended seeing a physician to consider a colonoscopy. In the mean time add fiber to the diet 20-30 grams per day and drink more water. Also add probiotics in the form of yogurt twice a day. Www.Drlugo.Com ...Read more

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1 week ago, I had change in bowel movement(looser stools, still continuing) and pain in left abdomen(not severe, improves). Is it colon cancer?19years

1 week ago, I had change in bowel movement(looser stools, still continuing) and pain in left abdomen(not severe, improves). Is it colon cancer?19years

Very unlikely: It is very unlikely that you have colon cancer. If loose stools persist for more than a week, it would be prudent to see your doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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1/4" diameter of mucus in stool 3X/wk, loose stools 1x/wk. severe health anxiety. Worried about Colon cancer. No family history. Cancer or IBS?

1/4" diameter of mucus in stool 3X/wk, loose stools 1x/wk. severe health anxiety. Worried about Colon cancer. No family history. Cancer or IBS?

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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


Dr. Corey Clay
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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