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Is Rectal Cancer Hard Or Soft
My husband had colon rectal cancer and had a colostomy now he is going to get it reversed i guess i need to know how hard the surgery will be on him he has gone through so much and now its all fixing to be over please help ?
Talk to your surgeon: Colostomy reversal may be very simple (if it was an ileostomy)or very complex - if a "stump" in the pelvis and needs extensive internal work for reconnection.I have done ileostomy reversals in an hour or so but have spent more than 5hrs. For some complicated pelvic reversals.Postoperative bowel function depends on where the colon was removed, history of radiation, etc. Ask the one who knows best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes, if early enuf: Like other cancers, rectal cancer has better prognosis (outlook) if diagnosed and treated at an earlier, rather than later stage. Very early cancers can be cured with burning the tissue. More advanced will likely need radiation/chemo/surgery in varying combinations and timing. Can be cured, but unfortunately, not always. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Relatively, yes: Colon and rectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the United States. It is the 2nd leading cause of cancer related deaths. Estimates for 2012 are 103, 170 colon & 40, 290 rectal cancer. Overall there is a 1 in 20 lifetime risk of developing colon or rectal cancer. Rectal cancers alone are relatively common. In comparison, rectal cancer is as common as leukemia (44, 600). ...Read more
Depends: Early on there may be no effect. As the disease progresses undiagnosed, you may develop a change in bowels, blood in stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy, loss of stamina, bowel obstruction, shortness of breath, anemia, early diagnosis in high risk patients or regular colonoscopies is the best way to avoid all of the above. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Rectal cancer, like any cancer needs - 1) diagnosis, 2) staging and prognosis, 3) treatment. Early rectal cancer may be treated by surgery alone. More often a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are required in a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. Metastatic rectal cancer may depend more heavily on chemotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to be: Specific, and the answer excellent with treatment is likley not what you are looking for. Where it is towards bottom or higher influences procedure, penetration into wall, and involved nodes or not need to know to give more specific. I'd expect cure most of the time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several things: Family history of colon or rectal cancer is probably the biggest risk factor. A history of polyps also increases your risk. There is some data that show that poor diet, smoking, and constipation may increase risk, but this is still arguable. To decrease your risk, particularly if you have a family history, get screened regularly and follow up on any rectal bleeding. Don't ignore rectal bleeding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: People over age 50 with high-fat, low-fiber diet ("western') are at increased risk for developing polyps which can turn cancerous over time. Alcohol intake may be linked and patients with inflammatory bowel disease are also at a higher risk. Family history can increase the risk in patients too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unregulated growth: Cancer by definition is the growth in size and number in an unregulated manner of a cell line that has developed a mutation. The mutation is passed through the offspring which accumulate more and more mutations. The defining factor is that the cells act immortal as compared to normal cells that have a programmed lifespan. In the rectum this can occur in the cells that line the mucosal surface. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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