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Medicine For 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
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
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
What type: What specific type are you talking about. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes: The choice of drug would be determined by tumor type. ...Read more
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
A friend of mine has been diagnosed with intestinal cancer recently. Is it treatable with much success?
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
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
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
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