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I recently had a colon resection for stage 0 colon cancer. It was an open surgery w a large scar. I am experiencing dizziness when I stand from siting?

I recently had a colon resection for stage 0 colon cancer. It was an open surgery w a large scar. I am experiencing dizziness when I stand from siting?

Dizziness: You may have orthostatic hypotension. That means that your blood take a moment or two when you go from a sitting to a standing position. You rise slowly the problem won't be so acute ...Read more

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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I had a colon resection surgery one year ago diagnosed stage 1 colon cancer. I still have bouts of chronic diarrhea. Is this due to the surgery?

I had a colon resection surgery one year ago diagnosed stage 1 colon cancer. I still have bouts of chronic diarrhea. Is this due to the surgery?

What part gone?: Removing the right colon and valve that separates the small bowel from colon sets the stage for bacterial contamination of the small bowel, which leads to diarrhea commonly-can be treated, with good success. Can try a probiotic, e.g. Florastor, and call your doc. Sometimes antibiotic rx needed to reestablish normal balance. If large amount of bowel removed (any location) can give diarrhea. ...Read more

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Is it normal to see inflammation on the colon after colon surgery for cancer? Ct scan reviled inflammation 2 months after,

Is it normal to see inflammation on the colon after colon surgery for cancer? Ct scan reviled inflammation 2 months after,

Yes: Colon resection and anastomoses in some patients will take a few weeks to heal. Some are due to small leaks in the connection that do not require reintervention. But if symptoms are present reevaluation is needed. There might be a seroma or fluid collection. ...Read more

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I had colon cancer 5 years ago. I had to undergo 4 surgeries due to leaking after resection. No colon left except rectum. I have diarrhea 8-10 times daily. Other than the obvious inconvenience, are there any health issues to worry about?

I had colon cancer 5 years ago. I had to undergo 4 surgeries due to leaking after resection. No colon left except rectum. I have diarrhea 8-10 times daily. Other than the obvious inconvenience, are there any health issues to worry about?

Recurrence: Congratulations! You should follow up regularly with your cancer team to make sure you do not develop any evidence of recurrence from you colon cancer. Also, talk to your oncologist about screening for other common malignancies like breast cancer, melanoma, cervical cancer, etc. Otherwise, keep trim and exercise to reduce the risk of stroke, obesity and heart disease. ...Read more

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What to do if I have colon resection surgery?

What to do if I have colon resection surgery?

Question not clear: I am not sure what you're asking. Please clarify your question we ask. ...Read more

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What are co mobidities that require a ventilator after a colon resection? If it is fluid build up from surgery why does that happen

What are co mobidities that require a ventilator after a colon resection? If it is fluid build up from surgery why does that happen

Copd: Chronic cardiopulmonary disease may lead to vent p-surg. Also large fluid shifts occur p-surgery furthe aggravating cardiac function. Also the abdominal incision impairs diaphragm fxn. ...Read more

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Multiple foci of extramural vascular invasion present. ... This was noted after the colon resection surgery. What this mean?

Multiple foci of extramural vascular invasion present. ... This was noted after the colon resection surgery. What this mean?

This is aggressive C: This is a sign of very aggressive cancer, one more prone to spread and to recur. Additional chemo and Radiotherapy may be useful depending on the site of the primary tumor (for rectal cancers RT is commonly used). ...Read more

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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?

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?

Tough: What therapy did you choose? Why did you not choose surgery which would be 100% curative? You need to look at old surgical articles comparing colon cancer surgery patients to those who chose not to have surgery. They will be tough to find as they are old. ...Read more

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My husband had colon cancer, had a colon resection and chemo. He has had 2 pet scans since. Churining?

My husband had colon cancer, had a colon resection and chemo. He has had 2 pet scans since. Churining?

A PET scan is: The most expensive imaging test. Using it to routine follow up can be justified if it alters care. Usually there is a defined course (# of cycles) and re-staging is done regularly with ct scans. Many insurers engage "pre-approval" screening to prevent over use. There are second and third line treatments for recurrent colon cancer, but ct scans do a good job of picking this up. ...Read more

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Why after my colon resection from cancer am I now unable to sustain my iron levels? Battery of tests all clear. I am getting infusions now

Why after my colon resection from cancer am I now unable to sustain my iron levels? Battery of tests all clear. I am getting infusions now

Colon resection: By itself is not known cause of iron absorption problem. Possibiliteis such as pernicious anemia and occult bleeding come to mind. Consult with a hematologist to investigate this condition further. ...Read more

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My jp drain fell out was in for about month in half. Colon resection from cancer. Hole is still draining. Blood and pus. Is this normal?

My jp drain fell out was in for about month in half. Colon resection from cancer. Hole is still draining. Blood and pus. Is this normal?

No: Any blood or pus coming out of any place of the body for any reason is not normal. Even abrasion with blood is not normal. Please see your doctor to make sure there is no infection in the area that needs to be treated and to put another drain if necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why is colon resection still done for colon cancer in cases with liver metastasis?

Depends: Believe it or not, it can sometimes still be cured. It depends on the disease burden in the liver. After resection, they can do adjuvant therapy and follow up with hepatic resections if it is limited.

Also for palliative reasons - if it is causing an obstruction, then the obstruction needs to be relieved to allow for simple gut function. ...Read more

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Redundant colon, candidate for elective colon resection. Linzess, miralax no help. Milk of mag or Sennokot 2-3x week helps. Use instead of surgery?

Redundant colon, candidate for elective colon resection. Linzess, miralax no help. Milk of mag or Sennokot 2-3x week helps. Use instead of surgery?

Chronic constipation: Most often, surgery is only considered as a last resort. For some people, having a bowel movement 2 to 3 times per week is normal. If you are able to achieve this using milk of magnesia, then I would not consider surgery at this time. It is always possible to have complications of surgery, and in your situation, it doesn't sound absolutely necessary. Fiber and hydration are key. Good luck. ...Read more

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What should I eat after colon resection surgery? Discharge paper said bland solid food with low fiber. What does it mean? How much? How often?

What should I eat after colon resection surgery? Discharge paper said bland solid food with low fiber. What does it mean? How much? How often?

That's right: Typically you should take a bland diet with low fiber. The quantity that you should take is usually half of what you would be a custom to eating for a full size meal before your operation. If you have any nausea or vomiting you should stick with liquids for 8 hours before resuming solids. Check with your surgeon to see if there any other special considerations based on your operation. ...Read more

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Colon surgery:tumor size=2cm. Pathologic staging (pt3, n1b, mx).2/17 lymph nodes show metastatic. Margins of resection free of carcinoma. Need chemotherapy?

Colon surgery:tumor size=2cm. Pathologic staging (pt3, n1b, mx).2/17 lymph nodes show metastatic. Margins of resection free of carcinoma. Need chemotherapy?

Yes: Chemotherapy regimens based on the drug Fluorouracil (5-fu) have been part of the treatment for high-risk stage ii or stage iii colon cancer. Many clinical trials have shown that these regimens improve overall survival primarily by reducing the high risk of recurrence within the first two years after surgery. ...Read more

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I had a colon resection for colon cancer and now have a ostomy. I'm having problems and a barium enema shows filing of the cecum. What would cause thi?

I had a colon resection for colon cancer and now have a ostomy. I'm having problems and a barium enema shows filing of the cecum. What would cause thi?

I"m confused: If you have a colostomy, and barium is injected into it, the cecum (the first part of the colon in the rlq) should fill. Now, if the barium is injected into your rectal stump and the barium fills, then there's a tract (fistula) between the rectal stump and the cecum, which is not normal. This should be discussed with the operating surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I eat normally and would live a normal life after a colon resection due to diverticulosis? Does the colon resection have to be done by open surger

Can I eat normally and would live a normal life after a colon resection due to diverticulosis? Does the colon resection have to be done by open surger

Bowel surgery: Surgery for complicated diverticular disease can frequently be done laparoscopically resulting in quicker recovery. Your bowel habits might change post-op but rarely to either extreme. Most individuals resume a normal life post-op. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had an open lower anterior resection for colon cancer. Taking metamucil. How long can I expect to have clustering and fecal incontinence? 2mths post

Had an open lower anterior resection for colon cancer. Taking metamucil. How long can I expect to have clustering and fecal incontinence? 2mths post

It's really variable: The anatomy is totally different after the surgery and will work differently.
Metamucil is a very good first step. Frankly, physical ttherapy for anal/rectal tone
If there is a gap in the perineum, SOLESTA can act like bondo and fill in missing areas a bit.
Phys therapy and overview of topic:
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/268674-treatment ...Read more

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Please help! What happens during colon cancer surgery?

Please help! What happens during colon cancer surgery?

Surgery: Colon cancer surgery would be done under full general anesthesia. Open or laparoscopic surgery can be 2 options. The offending part of the colon and nearby lymph nodes are removed. Most often the colon is then connected back together. Less often a colostomy is needed. Discuss with the operating surgeon to get more specific details. ...Read more

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Do 33 year women after colon cancer and surgery, chemotherapy can have baby? Thank you

Do 33 year women after colon cancer and surgery, chemotherapy can have baby? Thank you

Yes: Chemotherapy may supress the ovarian function and may affect one's fertility. However, I think she will actually gradually gain the ovarian function back again- post chemo. Thus theoritically if she wishes to be pregnant -she could have a baby. ...Read more

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Colon cancer stage 3b but after surgery CEA level dropped from 13 to 1.8 what does it mean?

Colon cancer stage 3b but after surgery CEA level dropped from 13 to 1.8 what does it mean?

Tumor markers: Cea is a tumor marker it does not occur with all colon cancers but the fact that it dropped so abruptly is a positive sign. The marker has the ability to be used to monitor for recurrence. This does by no means indicates you are done. There are a number of treatments for colon cancer and you should recruit the serviceces of a board certified medical oncologist for an opinion on tx options. ...Read more

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What laboratory exams are typically ordered to follow a year (s) after a successful colon cancer surgery?

Generally: Depending on a patient's overall health, once or twice yearly physical examination, basic blood tests, maybe yearly colonoscopy. Blood CEA testing sometimes. Also depends on the stage & grade of the cancer at the time of diagnosis. X- ray or ct scan not a routine usually unless there are clinical concerns. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my wife's grandpa had surgery for colon cancer today?

What do you suggest if my wife's grandpa had surgery for colon cancer today?

Be family: This might be a great time for a family get-together. What does Grand Dad want? As he is recovering and may need help, the family can work together to make his life better. You'll know in a few days whether a cure is likely. If so, celebrate. Of course you all know to get colon cancer surveillance. You know the illness isn't catching and Grand Dad may enjoy a few hugs. ...Read more

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If a person gets treated of colon cancer without surgery how maximum life he can live?

If a person gets treated of colon cancer without surgery how maximum life he can live?

Long time: Colon cancer that is treated with out surgery, example colon cancer removed by colonscopy usually will have very good results. If a colon cancer is not treated it can obviously lead to spread and metastasis. You can calculate life span based on the stage of the cancer and how it is or is not treated. ...Read more

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Grandmother has to go into surgery because colon cancer. What will the outcome be like. She's over 75years old& is very ill...

Grandmother has to go into surgery because colon cancer. What will the outcome be like. She's over 75years old& is very ill...

Colon cancer: Sorry to hear about your grandmother's woes. The outcome of colon cancer depends on many factors, related to the extent and type of tumor and also to the underlying medical status of the patient who has the tumor. The best person to ask about this is usually the patient's oncologist. Good luck to your grandmother and to you! ...Read more

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What to expect after a colon cancer surgery stage 1?

Prognosis is good: Generally, after proper cancer surgery for stage I colon cancer, the prognosis is good and no adjuvant therapies are needed. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more