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How to check for a stomach or colon cancer? Is the only sure way to get endoscopy?

How to check for a stomach or colon cancer? Is the only sure way to get endoscopy?

Yes.: The only sure way is to get endoscopy. Other tests like ct or x-rays with contrast (barium enema, upper gi) can sometimes see a tumor, but even then the scope will be your next test to to a biopsy. A scope is the way to go. ...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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If one is breastfeeding and can not undergo a colonoscopy, what would be the best (and easiest) test to undergo to rule out symptomatic colon cancer.

If one is breastfeeding and can not undergo a colonoscopy, what would be the best (and easiest) test to undergo to rule out symptomatic colon cancer.

Pump?: If the concerns for colon cancer are so great as to warrant an intervention such as a colonoscopy, perhaps you could use formula or pre-pumped breast milk during the period of time you are unable to breast feed. ...Read more

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What test is done to find cancer in the stomach or bowel?

What test is done to find cancer in the stomach or bowel?

Test : Usually endoscopy is done and biopsies are taken which are looked under microscope by a pathologist. ...Read more

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If a colonscopy can reach the small intestine, why would the dr also want to do an endoscopy through the stomach to the sm bowel as well to biopsy all?

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If a colonscopy can reach the small intestine, why would the dr also want to do an endoscopy through the stomach to the sm bowel as well to biopsy all?

Different Areas: The colonoscopy may reach the end of the small bowel whereas the upper endoscopy reaches the start of the small bowel. Even though they both reach the small bowel those areas function differently. Also the upper endo allows for biopsy of the stomach and esophagus if needed. Need for these scopes depends on the condition being evaluated. ...Read more

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Is endoscopy the only way to be sure I have ulcers?

Is endoscopy the only way to be sure I have ulcers?

An ugi also: An endoscopy is the best way to diagnose the ulcer. A radiologic study can also be used but the endoscopy will give you more information. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to know the stage of your cancer before getting a full body x-ray?

Can it be possible for you to know the stage of your cancer before getting a full body x-ray?

Maybe: It is possible in some cases to tell if a cancer has spread and to have an idea of the stage without doing X-rays or scans but most of the times we need those tests to confirm our suspicions or identify occult areas of cancer. ...Read more

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What is a good way to determine if you have colon cancer or cancer of that sort?

What is a good way to determine if you have colon cancer or cancer of that sort?

See a doctor: You cannot tell yourself unless you are seeing a change in your bowel habits or rectal bleeding. Needs a physical exam with a doctor & possibly may need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a teen to be the first and only one in his family to get colon cancer ?

Is it possible for a teen to be the first and only one in his family to get colon cancer ?

Yes: It is certainly more common to have a family history, but rarely, cancer can occur in a young person, without any family history, as cells can mutate into cancerous ones. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do to get through a stomach virus?

What is the best thing to do to get through a stomach virus?

Time: Use of agents which will alleviate the nausea and vomiting, fluids to prevent dehydration, agents to inhibit diarrhea is this is manifested, combined with rest should help. Most of these last less than 48 hrs. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there a way to pass gallstones .. im trying to avoid surgery .. if so what is the safest way to get rid of gallstones with out surgery?

Is there a way to pass gallstones .. im trying to avoid surgery .. if so what is the safest way to get rid of gallstones with out surgery?

Only very small ones: Small gall stones that can pass thru the cystic duct into common duct are the only ones that pass spontaneously. The common larger stones drop to the ampulla of the GB where they can impact on the cystic artery feeding the GB to initiate inflammation and necrosis. These stones can only be removed by surgery either, cholecystectomy, or opening the GB to remove stones, the cholecystostomy ...Read more

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Is it necessary to be in empty stomach before any type of scan??? Is it a must to be in full bladder condition for a scan?? Thank you

Is it necessary to be in empty stomach before any type of scan??? Is it a must to be in full bladder condition for a scan?? Thank you

Depends on scan: If you are referring to having an ultrasound, then yes, most abdominal ultrasounds require that the stomach be empty and the bladder full, but this also depends on what organ or area is being imaged. For CT or MRI scans, bladder fullness is not necessary unless looking specifically at the bladder or kidneys, and then oral contrast may be ordered. For nuclear medicine studies, it depends on type ...Read more

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Can a gastroenterologist really be sure that a 1.6 CM diameter mass is cancer at the time of an EUS? Is it best to wait for biopsy report results?

Can a gastroenterologist really be sure that a 1.6 CM diameter mass is cancer at the time of an EUS? Is it best to wait for biopsy report results?

Yes, it is a must: Nothing further will be done till the biopsy results clearly confim the diagnosis of cancer. Nobody will dare to give you chemotherapy without a biopsy confirmed diagnosis of Cancer. ...Read more

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What is the best food to eat if you have colon cancer?

What is the best food to eat if you have colon cancer?

Clean and cooked: During cancer therapy it is best to have clean, well prepared foods especially cooked veggies and meats to reduce infection risk. A diet rich in fiber, veggies and low in fat snd red meats is preferred. ...Read more

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Is there a way for me to check daily digestive status without going to the doctor?

Is there a way for me to check daily digestive status without going to the doctor?

Unclear : I am not sure what is meant by daily digestive status. If a well balanced diet is eaten, and weight is appropriate for height and a person does not have signficant pain or discomfort following eating or triggered by eating, and likewise no chronic diarrhea or constipation, i think it would be fair to say digestion is going well. If there are any concerns in these areas, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I will be traveling to mexico for a month and it takes 3days to get there what is the best way to travel with insulin?

I will be traveling to mexico for a month and it takes 3days to get there what is the best way to travel with insulin?

Travel with insulin: Hi Cat. I am an endocrinologist and also a type 1 diabetic x 40 years, and have traveled extensively. Are you traveling by train, bus, plane, what? Heat is the biggest issue to avoid. When are you traveling? They're coming into some hot weather down there. Keep your Insulin in the fridge at all times possible. Don't leave it in a hot vehicle. Take it with you at all times. ...Read more

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Is a colonoscopy the only test for colon cancer? Can a fit test replace the colonoscopy? Is it painful to have a colonoscopy awake?

Is a colonoscopy the only test for colon cancer? Can a fit test replace the colonoscopy?  Is it painful to have a colonoscopy awake?

Colonoscopy: Every person (even asymptomatic) after age of 50 should undergo screening colonoscopy. If there is a family history of colon cancer screening should be done earlier. Awake? Why? I won't recommend to do it being awake might not be a pleasant experience. ...Read more

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Is there anything I should do to prep for a scope down my nose into throat to check to polyps? Very nervous. How long is the procedure? Does it hurt?

Is there anything I should do to prep for a scope down my nose into throat to check to polyps? Very nervous. How long is the procedure? Does it hurt?

It should not hurt : No reason to be nervous.The doctor would be gentle.He will likely use spray to numb the nose and you may not even feel anything.But the most important thing is to trust your docotr and believe that he/she knows what to do and how to do it right..If it was difficult to have it done, no patient would go thru it! ...Read more

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What is a good way to determine if you have a stomach ulcer?

Pain: Burning pain is the most common peptic ulcer symptom. The pain is caused by the ulcer and is aggravated by stomach acid coming in contact with the ulcerated area. The pain typically may be felt anywhere from your navel up to your breastbone, be worse when your stomach is empty, often be temporarily relieved by eating certain foods and disappear and then return for a few days or weeks. Check with dr. ...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


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Endoscopy (Definition)

Endoscopy broadly refers to the direct visualization of the intestinal tract by way of a flexible, fiberoptic scope. Generally, the term is used to describe evaluation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper endoscopy), or the ...Read more