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Peanuts And Colon Cancer
Am 28 yrs, hemoroids patient (2nd stg). Hav bad bloating stomach. Ph level of stool is 5.0. Scared if it is a colon cancer. Pls advice?
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
Am 27 yr old & a pile patient (2nd stg).I hav a bad bloating stomach. Stools 4/5 times/day. Had stool test pH level is 5.0.Scared if it is colon cancer.?
Flu: Doubt it is colon cancer- sounds more like you have an intestinal bug that is bothering you, and you need to be followed up for that. The ph level of the stool isn't worth the paper it is done with. ...Read more
In colon cancer patients, y do some hae higher cea"s (like in the 100, s) and some don't? My dad's CEA stands at 10 at present while on irinotecan
Change in level: Changes in the level of CEA are more useful for monitoring the course of disease than one reading. There is wide variation in CEA levels in patients with colon as well as other cancers. ...Read more
Does chemo work: Chemo refers to a multitude of drugs. Just like any drug or medicine we take everyone will react differently to that drug. I know some people who are so sensitive they fall asleep with an aspirin. Cancer cells are unique to each patient and are really just a part of you that are growing out of control. For some pts chemo will work, while for others it may have no effect. ...Read more
Not always.: Early in colon cancer, there are typically NO symptoms until the cancer tumor grows large enough that it begins to cause problems in the digestive tract. Small, asymptomatic cancers can be found by screening colonoscopy. Larger tumors may cause changes in bowel habits (diarrhea/constipation/change in consistency of stool), blood in stool, unexplained weight loss, weakness/fatigue, persistent pain ...Read more
What can I do here, chemo Not working and 3 mets in diff places in colon cancer patient? Do I have no option left?
In the US, search clinicaltirals. Gov. EG, "metastatic colon cancer" "open studies" "interventional studies" gives 245 studies ongoing:
https://clinicaltrials. Gov/ct2/results? Term=metastatic+colon+cancer&recr=Open&no_unk=Y&rslt=&type=Intr&cond=&intr=&titles=&outc=&spons=&lead=&id=&state1=&cntry1=&state2=&cntry2=&state3=&cntry3=&locn=&gndr=&rcv_s=&rcv_e=&lup_s=&lup_e= ...Read more
How do I find statistics and prognoses for young (less than 50 yrs old) stage 1 colon cancer patients who didn't choose colon resection?
Still good prognosis: Stage ii still confined to wall of colon, most of the centers close 90% 5 yr survival rates along with chemo. Will have healthy normal life. ...Read more
The majority of stage 2 colon cancer patients are cured with the surgery alone.
A smaller group of stage 2 colon cancers have already spread, but are not evident in the specimen or during the imaging.
So the answer to your question is yes, they can, but close follow up is a must. ...Read more
Is it possible for stage 4 colon cancer patient that is spread to liver as well have no classic symptoms of colon cancer existance?
Colon cancer: Yes very common. That is the reason we do colon screening to get the small cancers out before they spread. Trust everyone gets this done as recommended in your health care system to prevent this preventable tragedy. ...Read more
For a 30 year female patient diagnosed with stage iii-b colon cancer, what are the expected specific rather than general side effects of folfox?
Depends on person: Folfox is a combination of chemo drugs, including oxaliplatin and Fluorouracil (5fu), and leucovorin and varies a bit by how and when they are given. The side effect profile includes suppression of bone marrow function, neuropathy (numbness or tingling), GI symptoms, fatigue, hair loss, mouth sores, , rash, and others. Individuals will experience varying degrees and types of side effects. ...Read more
Can colon cancer patient whom going through chemotherapy now taking Liqua Health Spirulina? Does this products helps to provide nutrients to the patie
Yes and no: The nutrient that this dietary supplement provides is protein. It is dessicated blue-green algae. You don't need only protein but also a well balanced diet including carbs and fats and vitamins and minerals. There are numerous dietary supplements which have a balanced mix of all of your dietary needs. You would do better with those than just a protein supplement. ...Read more
What is msi analysis? When and why it should be done for a stage iii-c colon cancer patient before chemotherapy?
Lynch Syndrome: "microsatellite instability" examines if there are defects in gene repair pathways causing cancer. Some of these can be hereditary, and may influence other treatments (such as hysterectomy for endometrial cancer risk in females). Recently, msi status has been used to predict benefit from chemo, although this has been more important for stage ii patients. Talk to your doctor for details! ...Read more
Colon cancer patient. Cea rising on irinotecan. It was started in oct when CEA was 8. Dec cea-9, jan CEA 10. Is this treatment failure?
Not necessarily: Chemotherapy can cause the CEA to rise when started. In addition, that is not a significant rise to make me concerned. Also, one wants to see a trend. Meaning, 8, 10, 15, 20 before one thinks failure. In addition, don't treat a number, treat what can be seen on the CT scan. Hope this helps. ...Read more
My mother is a colon cancer patient she s had two operations to remove two tumors in her small bowel over the last four years this morning she had ano?
QUESTION UNCLEAR?: Sorry not sure of question. Your mother should keep in touch with her treatment team. Have regular follow up. ...Read more
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 more
What type of scans do you suggest for a patient post op stage 1 t2 ascending colon cancer in order to monitor for any futher spread.?
Several: Cea's, and regular colonoscopies. If any changes may need ct or pet scans in the future. ...Read more
Complicated: Measurement of lesions at CT is not a trivial task. Measurement in the axial plane in two dimensions may not reflect the volume of the lesion. The measurement is affected by slice thickness and window and level settings. RECIST 1.1 is a standard for tumor measurement, but it seems outdated with modern CT. Development of new lung lesions in high risk colon ca is bad, size willnot affect therapy. ...Read more
What can be done for bowel Inflammation in a metastic colon cancer patient? Can chemo cause this?
There are many: Reasons for intestinal inflammation whether or not someone has colon cancer and is utilizing chemotherapy. Without having more information like the symptoms associated or the circumstances around how the inflammation was identified, it's difficult to better guide you. Though this is a question that a patients oncologist should readily be able to help out with. ...Read more
Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?
Most important: Is polyp removal through recommended colonoscopy screenings. The longer you have had UC/inflammatory bowel disease, and if more than 1/3 to 1/2 of your colon is involved, the greater your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Controlling bowel inflammation by complying with your medication regimen is likely to be preventive. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, obesity. Low fat/high fiber diet, NSAIDs +/- ...Read more
Difficult: Sorry. It sounds like a difficult situation. Options may be chemotherapy, intra-arterial chemotherapy injected onto the liver, radiofrequency ablation performed in radiology, etc. Depends on size & location of tumor in the liver. Need to coordinate carefully with the treating physians, oncologist & cardiologist. Best wishes. ...Read more
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