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Is rectal bleeding associated with prostate cancer?

Is rectal bleeding associated with prostate cancer?

Possibly: Depending on the stage of the prostate cancer, rectal bleeding can be present. However, if it an early stage prostate cancer, rectal bleeding is generally not associated with prostate cancer. Also, previous radiation treatment for prostate cancer may cause rectal inflammation and cause subsequent rectal bleeding but this generally resolves over time. ...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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Could radiation for prostate cancer cause rectal bleeding?

Could radiation for prostate cancer cause rectal bleeding?

Yes: One of the potential side effects for radiation therapy to treat prostate cancer is rectal bleeding. This can occur after brachytherapy or external beam therapy. This is called proctitis and is generally mild and self-limiting. It usually does not require any treatment other than conservative management such as maintaining soft bowel movements, hydration, and monitoring of blood work. ...Read more

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Enlarged prostate after a stroke, taking medication to reduce, has a catheter, bleeding of the prostate, cancer has been ruled out by the urologist, cleaning with saline bags. How long could this last?

Enlarged prostate after a stroke, taking medication to reduce, has a catheter, bleeding of the prostate, cancer has been ruled out by the urologist, cleaning with saline bags. How long could this last?

Common senario: It's not uncommon for an older man to experience a worsening of prostate enlargement symptoms while ill and hospitalized. Enlarged prostates often have varicose veins associated with them. Many times after a stroke, patients are placed on anticoagulant medications which cause or worsen bleeding from the prostatic varices. Often, saline irrigation is used to clear the bladder of clots. The situation should be temporary and should improve as his medical condition improves ...Read more

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Rectal bleeding will someone help me understand causes? Cancer in the family

Rectal bleeding will someone help me understand causes? Cancer in the family

Rule out cancer: All rectal bleeding s are not cancers many benign lesions like hemorrhoids, polyps, fissures, inflammations, infections , foreign bodies will cause to bleed . In every rectal bleeding, first suspicion is cancer and must rule out cancer, with family history of cancer you must see your physician, for examination and endoscopy, finally assurance by professional ...Read more

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Does vaginal and rectal bleeding mean cancer?

Does vaginal and rectal bleeding mean cancer?

Not necessarily: Don't make assumptions - just get it medically assessed. Take care. ...Read more

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Bright red rectal bleeding stopped 2.5 years ago -- had sigmoidoscopy then and didn't see anything. Does cancer usually continue to bleed?

Bright red rectal bleeding stopped 2.5 years ago -- had sigmoidoscopy then and didn't see anything. Does cancer usually continue to bleed?

Hemorrhoids: Bright red blood may signify a hemorrhoid and that was self limiting. The sigmoidoscopy showed that no cancer was present in the sigmoid colon. Your doctor wanted to know your family history of cancer and cancer would continue to have episodes over 2+ years. Talk with your doctor to discuss your concerns. People need a screening colonoscopy at 50 or sooner with a risk factor. ...Read more

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Do all colon cancer patients have rectal bleeding?

Do all colon cancer patients have rectal bleeding?

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

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30 now I've had rectal bleeding for about 12-15 years, profuse sometimes, but only after I poke inside to remove feces (I know, i'm weird). cancer?

30 now I've had rectal bleeding for about 12-15 years, profuse sometimes, but only after I poke inside to remove feces (I know, i'm weird). cancer?

Not likely: Yes, poking can cause bleeding. Question is more why are you so constipated and what can be done about it? Drink plenty water, eat fiber rich, try some over the counter fiber supplements and Dulcolax is stool softener which is also helpful. ...Read more

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Dr diagnosed external hems 4 weeks ago. Had rectal bleeding 3 times last week. Rectal exam showed none today. Was blood caused by rhoids or cancer ?

Dr diagnosed external hems 4 weeks ago.  Had rectal bleeding 3 times last week.  Rectal exam showed none today.  Was blood caused by rhoids or cancer ?

Probably: If the blood was bright red and not mixed with stool, it is quite likely that you bled from the hemorrhoids. However to be sure, I recommend that a proctologist or colorectal surgeon start with a simple flexible sigmoidoscopy which visualizes the descending colon and would be good evidence in ruling out internal hemorrhoids, benign polyps, ulcerative colitis,or malignant growths. ...Read more

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Do colon cancers continue to bleed or do they stop? Haven't had rectal bleeding for over a year but did have bright red rectal blood before. I'm 26.

Do colon cancers continue to bleed or do they stop? Haven't had rectal bleeding for over a year but did have bright red rectal blood before. I'm 26.

Typically yes: If the bleeding you had one year ago was due to colon cancer, you would have had a number of progressive symptoms by now, so i wouldn't worry (plus colon cancer is very uncommon at age 26). If however bleeding recurs or persist have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
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Prostate Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a new growth of any tissue with an ability to spread - metastasize - along blood vessels and lymphatic channels to near or far sites of the body with never-ending aggressiveness until the host succumbs to death by it or other related problems. Prostate cancer is one of them ranked as #2 cancer (after skin cancer) and & #2 cancer death (after lung cancer). 1 in 6-7 men in ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more