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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 ?

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 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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Can rectal cancer be cured?

Can rectal cancer be cured?

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 more

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Is rectal cancer hereditary?

Is rectal cancer hereditary?

It can be: Cancer is where a cell literally becomes immortal and does not die but can still replicate itself. Genetic mutations cause this. Most genetic mutations that cause cancerous cells happen after we are born, but rarely we can inherit a bad gene. Construct a medical family tree and if colon or rectal cancer affects 2 or more across 2 generations and 1 is less than 50 must talk with doctor ...Read more

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What is grade 1 rectal cancer?

Grading: Grading depends on microscopic picture of cancer. Lower the grade like grade 1 better the prognosis. But grading is not the only thing determine prognosis. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose rectal cancer?

How do you diagnose rectal cancer?

Colonoscopy: An endoscopic procedure such as proctoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is usually necessary to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of rectal cancer?

Bleeding,: Theso first sign of rectal ca is bleeding as solid feca; , material passes. As lesion gets larger increasing constipation and then pain noted. ...Read more

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What are some signs of rectal cancer?

What are some signs of rectal cancer?

Bleeding and others: Rectal bleeding, weight loss, change in bowel habits, and anemia are the most common. Unfortunatley many are asymptomatic until the tumor is large. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get rectal cancer?

Do a lot of people get rectal cancer?

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

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Rectal Cancer (Definition)

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 ...Read more