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Is A Palpable Lump In The Side A Known Symptom Of Colon Cancer
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
Unlikely but see dr: Difficult to say likelihood without more history, but for a tumor to be palpable through the abdomen it usually would have to be fairly large, and likely would not be the only symptom if it were this big. You would have likely had other symptoms before this such as obstruction, constipation, weight loss, fatigue, blood in stools, anemia etc. ...Read more
6 months chemo for colon cancer, finished scans all clear no signs of cancer, 3 weeks later lump on right side of neck size of golf ball?
Probably unrelated: Chemo post surgery without evidence of metastatic disease is adjuvant with goal of preventing recurrence. When latter happens it most often is seen in liver or lungs. Rarely spread to distant nodes occur and usually related to Virchows nodes, the left suproaclavicular nodes. Lesion in rt. Neck should have core bx to r/o lymphoma, another primary lesion or possible spread from original lesion ...Read more
Get another opinion: If you are not satisfied with one doctor's opinion, you are entitled to get a second opinion. ...Read more
Is it possible to have anal or colon cancer without a lump in or around the anus? Again, I'm an 18 year old female. I think I might anal/colon cancer.
Please explain: I think both I and some of my friends have tried to reassure you, but the "bottom line" is that if you're having symptoms here that have lasted two weeks or more, it needs to be seen by your personal physician. Cancer's unlikely, but there are a host of other troubles here that can make you miserable. We can't examine you at a distance. Pick up the phone and get seen. ...Read more
Would I be able to feel a hard lump in my lower left abdomen with colon cancer. I have a heavy dull feeling there?
Not necessarily: Usually there is no lump associated with colon cancer unless it is advanced. It sounds like your worried however, and should definitely see your primary care provider for an exam and more complete evaluation. Timing depends on severity of symptoms and your level of concern. Hope this helps! ...Read more
I'm an 18 year old female. I want to know if black lumps in the stool could indicate colon cancer. Is that how blood from colon cancer looks?
Black stool: Blood in the stool, if not fresh, tends to look dark, black, and tests positive with hematest reagent. Colon cancer is a much more involved diagnosis that is usually made with the appropriate biopsy, and a host of signs and symptoms such as failure to thrive, cachexia, poor appetite, weight loss, and declining health in general... Black stools only potentially indicates blood in the stool ...Read more
My 30 yr old daughter had colon cancer with a resection. She received chemo for 6 months but has a mass on ovary along with cysts. What is prognosis an?
Need more info: Although it can happen, spread of a colon cancer to the ovary after her resection seems unlikely. Follow up with the cancer specialists and ob/gyn. This also could be new problem in ovary not recurrence. Testing blood levels for tumor markers and further imaging tests are called for. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes a cat scan will be able to see a mass in the colon or rectum but it is not a good test for screening for colorectal cancer. There is a specialized type of ct scan that creates a virtual image of the inside of the colon that is sometimes used when a patient is not a good candidate for a colonoscopy. ...Read more
Cancer pain: Usually not. Cancers are usually painless until they press on surrounding organs or nerves. Other symptoms for colon cancer should be observed, such as blood in stool. If there is any doubt, please see your internist or a GI specialist for a checkup, especially if you have a higher risk for cancer. ...Read more
Medium sign: When colon cancer starts to bleed, it shows up as occult blood in stool. As it bleed more, the stool color will turn black or red. Then, when your bone marrow, which makes blood cells, cannot keep up with the blood loss, you get signs of anemia. Then as cancer advances, you can get obstruction or perforation., or even spread to liver or other organs. Important to catch earlier than anemia. ...Read more
Depends: There are many causes of black tarry stool. The common issue is bleeding in the intestine. Bleeding may be due to ulcers in the stomach, or intestine. Oral iron intake may produce dark stool. Colon cancer is one of the causes of bleeding in the intestine. It would be prudent to see your doctor to determine the cause of dark stools, especially if it is due to bleeding in the intestine. ...Read more
I've heard basically a 22 yr olds chance of colon cancer is pretty much nil is this true? If so why? I only have a poor appetite that's not a specific symptom of colon cancer right? Please explain in detail
All too often: It is not uncommon for colon cancers to not cause symptoms until they reach a size sufficient to block the lumen of the colon; at this point, people will typically present with cramping abdominal pain, severe bloating, and vomiting. These findings often indicate an advanced cancer that may require emergency surgery (+/-stent). The goal of screening is to find cancers before any symptoms develop. ...Read more
Is diarrhea a symptom of colon cancer? In the past month I've had 3-4 acute diarrhea attacks, which is abnormal for me. No dietary changes either.
Is constant diarrhea or constipation a symptom of colon cancer or IBS. What is one alarming sign of colon cancer. Thanks?
Cancer is rare...: These are not typical presenting symptoms of colorectal cancer but could be seen in cancer patients in some cases. On the other hand these ARE common IBS symptoms. An easy way to reassure yourself is see a surgeon or GI doc who will be able to examen you and do some tests including a colonoscopy which. They can set your mind to rest. Feel better soon ...Read more
I'm only 22 years old with no colon cancer symptoms except lack of appetite is that really a specific symptom of colon cancer?
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