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Hydro Colon Therapy
Enema parlor: Going there is your business. Be discerning. It's likely that the practitioner will tell you that you have a terrible deposit along the wall of your colon and that it's making you sick. This is totally made-up to keep you afraid and coming back. You'll be shown something ugly to frighten you. The people will be pleasant and nice. It's your money and your dignity. ...Read more
Monoclonals: You are probably referring to monoclonal antibodies. These are complex molecules that have been engineered to interact with a specific phase in the cancer cell's biologic pathway. In other words, cancer cells frequently have mutations that are not present in normal cells. If we can block that pathway, then the cancer cell stops growing and dies. Expensive but fewer side effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Partially: Chemotherapy in all of its forms is only partially helpful in improving the survival of colon cancer. When there is an effective neoadjuvant response the remaining lesion can be successfully resected. complete surgical extirpation is the needed result. As immunochemo becomes more effective then the combination with surgery will even produce better results. ...Read more
Energy beams: For certain types of colorectal cancer, energy beams are focused in the cancerous area. These beams are designed to kill cancer cells and decrease the chance of the tumor growing back. Depending on the situation, radiation can be used either before an operation or after an operation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Radiation is standard treatment for rectal cancers which have not spread and is used in combination with chemotherapy. For pure colon cancers, radiation is used sometimes in special situations (e.g. Cancer involving nearby critical organ or causing pain/ bleeding). The main therapies for colon cancer though are surgery and chemotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Same drugs as other: Same chemotherapy drugs are used for treating both types of colon cancer. The only difference is lack of benefit from EGFR inhibitors(Cetuximab and Panitumumab). Avastin (bevacizumab) also works in both types. I trust that you know there are 3 chemo drugs that are widely used(5FU or Capecitabine, Irinotecan and Oxaliplatin) ...Read more
Can any targeted therapies or other drugs help with metastic colon cancer when Xeloda (capecitabine) n irinotecan has failed ?
Yes: Target agents that have activity either as single agent or as combination for recurrent or refractory metastatic colon cancer as a second line include: Avastin (bevacizumab) or Cetuximab/Panitumumab (if k-ras, n-ras, b-raf are wide type) or Regorafenib (inhibitor of angiogenic receptor) or aflibercept. FOLFOX may be effective too after irinotecan has failed. Clinical trials are aslo available. ...Read more
3 cycles of chemotherapy so far for metastic colon cancer shows therapy working , if 2 cycles are missed due to ill health , will cancer start growing agsin ?
No: If 3 cycles of chemo given and well tolerated, evaluation might show stability or regression if drugs working. If missing 2 cycles, this will not allow further regression while off medication, but if resumed a further response may be defined. Most combo drugs for colon cancer may show a termporary response but not cure. The newer combinations with Immunochemotherapy more effective. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: In some universities and major institutions there are dedicated machines for intraoperative radiation given to an area of concern that the surgeon could not resect and this device is aimed inside the abdomen to give the radiation. This is not common or widely available and outside machines are more readily available. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm on bc trinessa (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) and i was wondering if i take super colon cleanse and a fiber therapy pill wil it interfere with my birth control pill?
I suffer from depression. For a period of time, colonic therapy completely relieved the depression for a period of about a week after each treatment. ?
Othersuccess?: Are other treatments also effective for awhile? In any case, if there are no negatives it's not a bad idea to use it - perhaps the folk who offer the service can suggest diet/behavioral ways to extend the benefits beyond a week. A combo of meditation, yoga, therapy, etc. may be possible. Why question success? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I suffer from depression. Colonic therapy relieved the depression for about a week. The treatments resulted in my body going completely flush as if the treatment was stimulating a vaso-dialiating hormone. What hormone would cause this effect?
Flush: The flush you experienced may have been from transient bacteremia which can be caused by instrumentation or manipulation of your GI system, this is mediated by cytokines and chemokines involved in the immune response. Those who experience flushing during a dumping syndrome associated with the carcinoid syndrome, which you can google, have serotonin mediated flushing. Colonoscopy at age 50? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Aperstaltic bowel: This is an area of bowel that is not moving. Common problems associated with this are diabetes or medications, calcium channel blockers for example are common to cause this. Electrolyte problems or magnesium and calcium are possible. Hypothyroidism another. I hope that is a good start to think about. ...Read more