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Moms With Colon Cancer
I have been having lose bows is it something to be concerned with especially because my mom had colon cancer?
Loose Bowels: Most common causes for new diarrhea are dietary changes, emotional distress, medication side effects and infection. If you cannot rehydrate adequately, have blood, losing weight, or are over 50years old then seek urgent care. If diarrhea persists for over 5 days, or if it occurs many days for a month or longer, then a physician will need to begin a work up to determine cause. Cancer risk is low. ...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
Sorry to hear: Can't tell you much without more details, too many variables. Best is to have a good chat with her oncologist about prognosis and treatment. There are many issues like her stage and general physical condition that will greatly affect the therapy. She may benefit of aggressive therapy or may do best with supportive care. Do remember: unless she is not competent, what to do is HER decision. ...Read more
Mom had colon cancer 10 years ago. I had a colonoscopy in 2006 and it was clean. When should I have another one? I'll be 35 in may.
My grandmothers mom had colon cancer in her 70's. My grandmother is still alive and mom has no risks but should we be screened early because of this?
Take a test: Because your grandmother had colon cancer, your mother is considered to be at risk and since i suspect she is in her 50's, she should have a screening colonoscopy. There are on-line risk assessment tools for risk for colon cancer - you might try the test located at the following url: http://digestive.Ccf.Org/. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My 63 yr old mom w/ colon cancer, stge 4, is on folfox. Multiple chemo's have failed to shrink or slow down the cancer. Is folfox better/any other?
Use Immunochemo: Chemo combination therapy known to have limited activity with recurrence secondary to resistant stem cells. Immunochemo a better choice with use of Avastin, (bevacizumab) Erbotix in combination with chemo such as Gemzar. Newer monoclonal therapy employing derivatives of the post translational modification of the oncofetalprotein MUC5ac now entering Phase III appears to be enhanceing survival interval. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mom had colon cancer nearly 12 years ago.Has been cancer free since surgery and chemo. CEA is now 3.7., highest it's been since then.Is this bad?
Not necessarily: when the colon cancer comes back , it usually comes back within the first 5 years from the diagnosis. it is unlikely that the colon cancer comes back after 12 years. in addition, CEA is not very sensitive nor specific for colon cancer. other things like cigarette smoking, other liver problems etc can increase CEA.if she smokes, makes sure to encourage her to quit. she need to follow up with her MD ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mom's having colon cancer surg.& 1 doc wants to prep with mag. Citrate & the other just clear liquids the day before. It's a right hemi. What's best?
Trust your surgeon: What ever your surgeon prefer is best for you. Trust your surgeon otherwise get a surgeon you can trust. ...Read more
My mom stage 4 colon cancer we were told manageable she'll be ok. She died. Should he have told us no problem she'll be fine?i
No dr : Can see everything in the future Possibly you should have been told more is dr knew more. Possibly dr was as taken as by surprise as were you ...Read more
Depends on recovery: After colon cancer surgery, most people are able to start an oral diet in 24-36 hours, are on a regular diet by postop day 4 or 5, and have a bowel movement by day 4 or 5 as well. Of course, there is a range of acceptable. Also, these approximate ranges can vary significantly in complicated situations. Best of luck to your mother; she has a good advocate in you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm 22 y/o my dad died from pancreatic cancer @ 65 (i was 19) my mom died from colon cancer @ 55(i was 20). Should i be worried abt me?
A few things: I am very sorry to hear about your loss and your fathers health. In terms of risks, you should be aware that you need to have your colonoscopy 10 years before your mom was diagnosed (assuming it was 55 then yours would be at 45) --unless you have a change in bowel habits, or if you have rectal bleeding etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more
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