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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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What kind of black stool is a indicator of colon cancer? Smelly and tarry? I had dark leafy specks on my stool im 22

What kind of black stool is a indicator of colon cancer? Smelly and tarry? I had dark leafy specks on my stool im 22

Blood: Dark tarry stools is indicative of blood high in the GI tract like a bleeding ulcer. You should talk to your primary care doc about this. May need antacid medicaton. ...Read more

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Is a CEA lab result of a 4.4 a good indicator for stage 4 colon cancer that perhaps the cancer has not spread that much? Better survival rate?

Is a CEA lab result of a 4.4 a good indicator for stage 4 colon cancer that perhaps the cancer has not spread that much?  Better survival rate?

No: Cea (carcinoembryonicantigen) is a protein that is released by some tumors into the bloodstream. It is useful for follow-up of cancer after treatment, ie, if the cea is elevated before treatment and returns to normal after treatment, we are optimistic that the cancer was well-treated. If it then becomes elevated, we must search for recurrence. In your case, it is impt to know the # pre-rx. ...Read more

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Can this be colon cancer?

Can this be colon cancer?

Not enough info: Colon cancer can present with or without symptoms. Common symptoms include change in stool caliber/consistency, rectal bleeding or blood with bm, abdominal pain, anemia. If you have not been screened, you should consider the various screening options for colon cancer, includine a stool test to check for blood, colonoscopy, or sigmoidoscopy. If you are having bleeding, you need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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How to know if colon cancer ?

How to know if colon cancer ?

Get tested: There are many tests that have been developed to test either a patient with concerning symptoms or just as a routine screening exam in an a symptomatic patient. Each individual situation is different. Testing stool for blood or now genetic abnormalities, rectal exam, X-rays such as barium enema or ct scan virtual colonoscopy are examples. Best is colonoscopy as you can both look and do. ...Read more

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What is the cause of colon cancer?

What is the cause of colon cancer?

Multiple factors: Age over 50, chronic intestinal diseases, polyps, diabetes, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, heavy alcohol consumption and filly history of cancer can all increase your risk. Majority occur due to acquired defects in cells lining the intestines from a combination of one or more factors. Small minority are hereditary. ...Read more

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How to know if I have colon cancer?

How to know if I have colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy + biopsy as indicated. If you do have risk factors, you should have your first screening colonoscopy at age 50. ...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. Jeffrey Stevens
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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