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What is intestinal cancer?

What is intestinal cancer?

Varies: Gastrointestinal cancer is most often a type called adenocarcinoma. It can affect the stomach sometimes, small intestine rarely, and colon (large intestine) most often. It is usually treated with combination therapy with surgery, medical oncology such as chemotherapy, and sometimes radiation therapy. It does run in some families. ...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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How is intestinal cancer diagnosed?

How is intestinal cancer diagnosed?

If you mean: Colon cancer, colonoscopy, ct scans are part of the diagnostic workup if colon cancer is suspected. Intestinal cancer, if you are talking of small bowel cancer would be with small bowel xrays or pill endoscopy. ...Read more

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What’s new in intestinal cancer research?

What’s new in intestinal cancer research?

Too broad: I think everyone is skipping this question because it is just too broad. There are many research trials and programs going on across the country for intestinal cancers, but there are so many types of this cancer. If you can narrow this down... Someone may be abe to help you. ...Read more

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What are the tests for intestinal cancer?

What are the tests for intestinal cancer?

Mutliple: Tough question, since there is small and large intestinal cancer. Commonly, we do endoscopies to look at the lining of the intestines. A colonoscopy is done to look at the large intestine and the lower small intestine. An egd (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is done to evaluate the esophagus, stomach and upper small intestine.

A ct scan can also be performed, as well as some blood tests. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of intestinal cancer?

What are the symptoms of intestinal cancer?

Colon cancer: Change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, abdominal discomfort or bloating. These are nonspecific symptoms and can be the same symptoms of other disorders. Should you experience this symptomatology, you should see a colon and rectal specialist or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving an intestinal cancer?

What are the chances of surviving an intestinal cancer?

Depends on stage: And type of cancer. Colon is the commonest site of intestinal cancers and early colon cancer has an excellent survival rate. The rates decline with advancing stage. Five year survival rates by stage are: 1 ~ 93%, ; 2 ~ 80%, 3~60%, 4 ~ 5%. ...Read more

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What symptoms typically go along with intestinal cancer?

What symptoms typically go along with intestinal cancer?

Variable: Abdominal complaints, bleeding small or large, may not be visible. Early very few. This why we do upper and lower endoscopy. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Intestinal cancer?

What is the definition or description of: Intestinal cancer?

Lesion in mucosa: Lesions of bowel, especially colon, now believed to arise in a field effect in the mucosa of the bowel, small and large. A virus such as polyoma enters the mucosa and begins tansformation first with gene alterations leading to immortality and then to normal appearing cells beginning to produce immunogenic protein. One focus transforms faster to result in a clinical lesion while others are dormant. ...Read more

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I am a basket case. My son has intestinal cancer. Can you tell me something about it?

I am a basket case. My son has intestinal cancer. Can you tell me something about it?

It depends: Important pieces of information before answering your question are: how old is your son? What part of the intestine is affected (stomach, small bowel, colon, rectum)? What kind of cancer (adenocarcinoma, gist, neuroendocrine tumor)? Most intestinal cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body can be successfully treated with surgery. But as you can tell, there are different kinds. ...Read more

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Is intestinal cancer treatable?

Is intestinal cancer treatable?

Often: Treatment and curability depends upon the stage of disease at the time of diagnosis. If caught early, these tumors are quite curable. If more advanced, they are all treatable, but the capacity for cure of more advanced lesions is dependent on several factors. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for intestinal cancer?

What are the treatments for intestinal cancer?

Depends what kind: The intestinal tract includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, appendix, colon, and rectum. Cancer in each part is treated quite differently, so please try to specify a bit more if you are still curious. ...Read more

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What are screening recommendations for intestinal cancer?

What are screening recommendations for intestinal cancer?

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy is recommended to begin at age 50. Further recommendations are made depending on the findings of the first colonscopy. ...Read more

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How do I get screened for intestinal cancer?

How do I get screened for intestinal cancer?

Colon cancer: You are rather young to start screening for colon cancer, unless you have family history of early onset colon cancer. If you do not have such history you can wait to the age of about 50 to start screening. If you do have family history, then depending on the history, you may need blood tests to test genetic susceptibility and colonoscopy. ...Read more

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How can one get screened for intestinal cancer?

How can one get screened for intestinal cancer?

GI cancer: You need an egd or upper endoscopy and or a colonoscopy sometimes with biopsy for path confirmation if abnormalities are seen. ...Read more

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How can one get screened for intestinal cancer?

How can one get screened for intestinal cancer?

Colonoscopy, imaging: Colon is the commonest site of intestinal cancers and screening can take any and all the following forms: fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, and barium enema. It is recommended that a screening colonoscopy be done at age 50, sooner if there is family history of early cancer. ...Read more

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Could chemotherapy be used to treat intestinal cancer?

Could chemotherapy be used to treat intestinal cancer?

YES: Yes, assuming you mean the large intestine (colon cancer). Small intestine cancer is very rare and yes chemotherapy has been used in this setting but we have limited data. Also, it's important to note that not all bowel cancers require chemotherapy. The oncologist will help you decide on best option. ...Read more

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How to protect from intestinal cancer if runs in family?

How to protect from intestinal cancer if runs in family?

Regular examination: Familial cancers could be detected early with possible cure by regular examination by your physician, along with endoscopy, if necessory genetic studies (entire family) other factors like diet excercise, avoiding alcohol and smoking will play minor importent role. ...Read more

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What are the various stages involved with intestinal cancer?

What are the various stages involved with intestinal cancer?

Many: The intestines are divided into the small intestines and the colon. There are about5 kinds of cancers of the small bowel, each stayed differently. Colon cancer staging has mobbed from "dukes" staging to i -iv and some have subsets a, b, andc. Treatment depends on accurate staging. ...Read more

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Why go organic after you get intestinal cancer? Isn't the horse out of the barn?

Why go organic after you get intestinal cancer? Isn't the horse out of the barn?

You are right: There is no evidence eating organic food prevents cancer better than a healthy well-balanced diet, so having cancer is no reason to switch to organic food. ...Read more

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How many ways can intestinal cancer, showing itself near ones rectum, present itself?

How many ways can intestinal cancer, showing itself near ones rectum, present itself?

Many: But most often painful bleeding ANS swelling, change in caliber of stool or stool pattern. Often mis diagnosed by patients and doctors alike as hemorrhoids. If in doubt see a colorectal surgeon to get a proper exam. ...Read more

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A friend of mine has been diagnosed with intestinal cancer recently. Is it treatable with much success?

A friend of mine has been diagnosed with intestinal cancer recently.  Is it treatable with much success?

Depends on stage: And type of cancer. Colon is the commonest site of intestinal cancers and early colon cancer has an excellent survival rate. The rates decline with advancing stage. Five year survival rates by stage are: 1 ~ 93%, ; 2 ~ 80%, 3~60%, 4 ~ 5%. ...Read more

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My fiance has intestinal cancer and now I wonder what I am getting into. Will this affect his ability to work?

Short term yes.: This is a major challenge and he will need all the support you can give him. I agree with dr. Gordon in that a more detailed answer for your situation would require more specific information. Please stay in contact, and good luck to you both. ...Read more

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Is metformin effective for intestinal cancer?

No: No benefit for treating any cancer

though some data says it decreases cancer risk in patients with diabetes who take it. ...Read more

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Need help. I've got a constant fear of having intestinal cancer?

Need help. I've got a constant fear of having intestinal cancer?

First see a GI : Doctor or colorectal surgeon for an evaluation. Then, if all is clear consider some psychological counseling to better understand your fear and determine if there is a basis for this fear. ...Read more

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Please help! I have a constant fear of having intestinal cancer?

Why?: Do you have family history or suspicious symptoms? Talk to your family doc about it. He/she can address your concerns and refer you to the proper specialist if needed (including someone to help you deal with fear issues). With some exceptions, GI cancer is not very common in young folks like you so live your life with awareness but without fear. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Cloud
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Intestinal Cancer (Definition)

Lesions of bowel,especially colon, now believed to arise in a field effect in the mucosa of the bowel, small and large. A virus such as polyoma enters the mucosa and begins tansformation first with gene alterations leading to immortality and then to normal appearing cells beginning to produce immunogenic protein. One focus transforms faster to result in a clinical lesion ...Read more


Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more