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Dr. Herbert Hoover
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Colorectal Cancer (Definition)

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. The cells lining the colon or rectum become abnormal and grow uncontrollably. They start as polyps. Symptoms include blood in the stool, constipation, loss of appetite, and weight loss. This cancer can be prevented through early screening, if a polyp is detected during a colonoscopy and excised. Additionally, a high fiber diet with plenty of water and a ...Read more


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I wanted to know is capecite (capecitabine tablets 500 mg) a good drug to cure colorectal cancer?

I wanted to know is capecite (capecitabine tablets 500 mg) a good drug to cure colorectal cancer?

Helps: Xeloda, (capecitabine) is an orally-administered chemotherapeutic agent used in the treatment of numerous cancers including colorectal Ca. Capecitabine is a prodrug, that is enzymatically converted to 5-fluorouracil in the body and is employed as a form of adjuvant therapy that may help to enhance survival. In the face of metastasis, with combination drugs it may prolong survival by months. ...Read more

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Colorectal cancer causes?

Colorectal cancer causes?

Heredity & diet: The cause is not known in most cases. In a small number the cause is clearly heredity, e.g., apc and hnpcc. In the garden variety colon cancer, a diet low in fiber and rich in fats may increase the risk of cancer. ...Read more

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I think I have colorectal cancer?

I think I have colorectal cancer?

Reason?: Unless you have a family history or other predisposing factor you are probably too young for colorectal cancer. If you recently noticed a change in bowel habits or blood in stool get a GI checkup ...Read more

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How fast does colorectal cancer grow?

How fast does colorectal cancer grow?

Depends: Growth rate can depend on several factors.

Here is a good review on colorectal cancer

http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/colorectal-cancer. ...Read more

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Can young person get colorectal cancer?

Can young person get colorectal cancer?

Yes, but uncommon: About 150000 new cases of colon/rectal ca in us/yr. 90% are age 50 and up. + family history, especially of early ca increases risk. Longstanding ibd increases risk. Certain (rare to uncommon) genetic syndromes increase risk. Check your family's history, see your doc. ...Read more

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What ages does colorectal cancer affect?

What ages does colorectal cancer affect?

It varies: Colon cancer can strike from the 20s and beyond, but is much more common in people in their 50s to 70s hence the recommendations to not routinely do colonoscopies in people before the age of 50. Colon cancer that presents before 60 is often genetic whereas after 60 is more likely due to environmental factors like smoking and red meat. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is colorectal cancer?

What sort of disease is colorectal cancer?

Large bowel cancer: Colon and rectum form the large intestine (large bowel). Cancer of the large intestine is generally called colorectal cancer. Specifically, cancer of the colon is colon cancer. Cancer of the rectum is rectal cancer. People over 50 should have screening colonoscopy or occult blood test. Treatment for stages 1, 2, and 3 are mainly surgery. Chemo is for stages 3 and 4, and some stage 2. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is colorectal cancer?

Can you tell me what is colorectal cancer?

CRC: It is cancer of the large intestine (which includes the colon and the rectum, the part labeled #5 in the illustration). It is the third most common cancer for both sexes and one of the few for which there is successful screening methods. Usually starts in a polyp and can be associated with several inherited traits. ...Read more

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Colorectal cancer is really serious, right?

Serious, right!: Colorectal cancer is very serious. It can also be completely and relatively easily cured if detected early. Screening should be performed at around 50 years of age. Certain people are at higher risk and should be checked earlier. Colonoscopy is the most reliable test at this time. If you are having symptoms that concern you, you should ask your dr. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of colorectal cancer?

What are the symptoms of colorectal cancer?

Varied: Lesions of the right colon hard to dx early since bowel content is liquified. On left side, content is solid and if lesion present, obstruction occurs if lesion circumferential or bleeding noted from irritation of hard stool against lesion. On rt. As well as left side ideal time to define is before symptoms by routine colonoscopy ...Read more

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How is colorectal cancer diagnosed usually?

How is colorectal cancer diagnosed usually?

Colonoscopy, imaging: And biopsy. A lesion may be detected on colonscopy or barium enema or the more recent ct scans. The lesion is biopsied and the tissue examined by a pathologist to make the diagnosis. Colon cancer may be suspected if there is blood in stool, either obvious or occult. ...Read more

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What are early symptoms of colorectal cancer?

What are early symptoms of colorectal cancer?

May be none: Many early cancers do not have any symptoms and that is why it is important to have screening tests done, e.g., colonoscopy at age 50 for prevention of colo-rectal cancer. Symptoms may be change in bowel habits, bleeding per rectum, anemia, bowel obstruction and the first symptoms may be from metastases to other organs such as liver. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of colorectal cancer?

What are common symptoms of colorectal cancer?

Blockage, Bleeding: The most common symptoms associated with colon cancer include (cramping) abdominal pain, a change in bowel habits ("pencil-thin stools"), bloody bowel movements, weakness/fatigue, and/or weight loss. The goal, of course, is to diagnose colon cancers before symptoms develop; I advise colonoscopy at age 50, or earlier if there is a family history. ...Read more

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My son has colorectal cancer. Where do I start?

Surgical oncologist: Go to a surgeon who treats a lot of colorectal cancer - a surgical oncologist, colorectal surgeon, or an experienced general surgeon. Surgery is almost always a major part of the treatment process, but he will need tests (colonoscopy if not already done), ct scan, cea. The surgeon is the best expert to be the "captain of the ship". He/she can explain and consult with other oncologists if needed. ...Read more

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How many people get colorectal cancer after 65?

How many people get colorectal cancer after 65?

Enough/a great many.: The incidence of this cancer goes up greatly after age 50. This is why colonoscopy is recommended for anyone over age 50 as a guideline. Both men and women are affectedust about equally. Colonoscopy is recommended by the american cancer society “guidelines for the early detection of cancer” once every 10 years and flexible sigmoidoscopy, barium enema, and virtual colonoscopy every 5 years. ...Read more

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Is the death rate from colorectal cancer rising?

Is the death rate from colorectal cancer rising?

No: But the incidence of rectal cancer in patients under age 40 is rising. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for colorectal cancer?

What are the risk factors for colorectal cancer?

See below: Family history of colon cancer, smoking, history of ulcerative colitis, history of colon polyps, diabetes, being african american are a few. ...Read more

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What body systems could colorectal cancer affect?

What body systems could colorectal cancer affect?

It can spread: The common sites of metastases (spread of cancer) are to liver and lungs. Sometimes it recurs in the abdominal cavity causing bowel obstruction or ascites (fluid build up in the belly? Bone metastasis and brain metastases are much less common sites of spread. Growing tumors will cause compromise in the functions of the organs. ...Read more

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What are some of the tests for Colorectal cancer?

The tests for Colorectal cancer include:: Biopsy, Complete blood count, CEA, Colonoscopy, Kidney function tests, MRI of pelvis, PET scan, Comprehensive metabolic panel, Barium enema, Virtual colonoscopy, CT of abdomen and pelvis with contast, Fecal occult blood. ...Read more

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What are the chances of colorectal cancer at age 37?

What are the chances of colorectal cancer at age 37?

Low: Chances are low, but this is not impossible. If you have a strong family history then the chances go up. Most people don't need any screening for colorectal cancer until age 50, or 10 years younger than age of diagnosis for your relative. ...Read more

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What are common early symptoms of colorectal cancer?

Often "silent": Unfortunately, colon cancers may develop "under the radar" for quite some time before symptoms occur. The earliest sign is usually anemia caused by a slowly bleeding tumor. As the cancer grows, it may block the colon causing cramping pain, bloating, and/or pencil-thin stools. The gold standard for diagnosing colorectal cancer is screening colonoscopy at age 50, or earlier with a family history. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are signs of colorectal cancer?

I was wondering what are signs of colorectal cancer?

Can be minimal: Unfortunately, colorectal cancer usually gives no symptoms during its early, more curable stages. As it grows, it can cause bleeding which can cause anemia (weakness) blockage causing abdominal pain, nausea and/or vomiting and abdominal enlargement. Most cancers start as benign polyps that can be removed at colonoscopy so screening colonoscopy is important by age 50 in asymptomatic individuals. ...Read more

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Is my diet involved in colorectal cancer development?

Is my diet involved in colorectal cancer development?

It May Be: Studies have shown that diets with a high intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are associated with a lower risk of colon cancer. In contrast, high red-meat diets are associated with an increased risk. ...Read more

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Are some people more likely to get colorectal cancer?

Yes: There is a higher risk of getting colorectal cancer if it runs in a person's family, they have a genetic abnormality, and/or they have ulcerative colitis. There are likely others, but these are the ones that immediately come to my mind. ...Read more

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What are my chances of recovery from colorectal cancer?

What are my chances of recovery from colorectal cancer?

Usually great.: Usually patients are able to make a great recovery after surgery for colorectal cancer, but it depends on multiple factors. The main determinants are the stage of the cancer, and how healthy the patient is before the operation. For patients whose tumors have not spread to lymph nodes there is about a > 85% chance of surviving 5 years. Spread to other organs significantly decreases survival. ...Read more

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What are some pre-cancerous signs of colorectal cancer?

What are some pre-cancerous signs of colorectal cancer?

Colonic polyps: Nearly all colon cancers arise in colon polyps. Unfortunately, colonic polyps are generally asymptomatic and require colonscopy of barium enema for detection. Newer imaging studies may make the detection easier. Patients with inflammatory bowel disease have higher incidence of colon cancer. A family history of colon cancer is an other "sign". ...Read more

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How are the survival rates for colorectal cancer known?

Statistics: Most states collect cancer data that provide the basis for incidence, mortality and survival rates. ...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


Dr. Keith Monson
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Proctology (Definition)

Proctologists are physicians who have specialized knowledge to diagnose and surgically treat disorders affecting the colon, rectum, and anus. Such disorders may include hemorrhoids, colorectal ...Read more