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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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My grandfather has been told he has cancer cells in his spinal cord. He survived colon cancer as he prevented it in the early stages. Is there hope?

My grandfather has been told he has cancer cells in his spinal cord. He survived colon cancer as he prevented it in the early stages. Is there hope?

Travelled cancer: Is never good. Colon cancer commonly goes to the liver, lungs and sometmes bones. If the spine bones are infested, they can collapse and put pressure on the spinal cord. Actual infestation of the cord or cerebrospinal fluid is highly unlikely. Both a neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist should see him in a hurry. ...Read more

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Why do so many chemo's fail to shrink cancer cells in some people? Would radiation do a better job? (such as with colon cancer, stage 4)?

Why do so many chemo's fail to shrink cancer cells in some people?  Would radiation do a better job? (such as with colon cancer, stage 4)?

Dna of tumor: There is a wide variation in the aggressiveness and tumor responsiveness from one patient to another and even in the same patient's tumor over time. Tumors have been shown to change their dna over time, changing the effectiveness of chemotherapy to kill the cancer cells. Radiation is limited by the location and sensitivity of surrounding local tissues to radiation damage. ...Read more

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Is a high white cell count indicative of colon cancer?

Is a high white cell count indicative of colon cancer?

No: An elevated blood white cell count can be an indication of active inflammation somewhere in your body, like infection. There are many other reasons for elevated wbc, but it is not indicative of colon cancer. ...Read more

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How does chemotherapy target exactly your colon cancer? Does it kill off a lot of normal colon cells too?

How does chemotherapy target exactly your colon cancer? Does it kill off a lot of normal colon cells too?

It doesnt: Chemo works by inhibiting/killing cells which grow faster than normal cells. There are side effects because normal cells divide as a normal function, so yes, normal cells are affected too. The trick is to give enough to kill the bad cells, and not so much that the side effects are intolerable. ...Read more

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Do white blood cell counts always go up with colon cancer?

Do white blood cell counts always go up with colon cancer?

Michael's Mission: Please check out www.Michaelsmission.Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. ...Read more

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My husband has colon cancer, his tumor and section of colon were removed yesterday. He has an elevated white blood cell count but no fever. Problem?

My husband has colon cancer, his tumor and section of colon were removed yesterday. He has an elevated white blood cell count but no fever. Problem?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, the elevated white cell count is likely a normal reaction to the trauma of surgery. If he has fever, discharge from the surgical site, pain at the surgical site, then you should consult your doctor promptly. ...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

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. Mark Ingerman
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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