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Will an abdominal MRI show the colon if colon cancer is present? What about the rectum?

Will an abdominal MRI show the colon if colon cancer is present? What about the rectum?

Not best test.: While abdominal MRI can show signal changes as a result of colon cancer, if the tumor / polyp is small, or in a fold, then there's a high probability of missing it. CT colonography is a better test, but has limitations. The BEST test is a colonoscopy (by an experienced Gastroenterologist). In fact, colonoscopy is used to SCREEN for colon cancer in high-risk populations. TTYD or use HealthTap Prime ...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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What does stomach or abdomen/colon cancer feel like?

What does stomach or abdomen/colon cancer feel like?

At your age: Risks for cancer are very low. There is no specific feeling for stomach or colon cancer. Advanced disease can gave various pains ; weight loss, but very unlikely at your age. I note you are already on high dose narcorics that can cause abdominal bloating, discomfort ; constipation. See a gastroenterologist for consultation. ...Read more

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Can a CT on abdomen with contrast show colon cancer if there are present symtoms?

Can a CT on abdomen with contrast show colon cancer if there are present symtoms?

Not always: Unless the cancer lesion is fairly large, colon cancer is not commonly seen on a ct scan. Colonoscopy is the best test for colon cancer. Some places have the ability to perform a specialized ct colonography x-ray exam that may see lesions about 1 cm or larger. ...Read more

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I have been having some dull aches in my lower abdomen and just feeling malaise lately. Chance this is colon cancer? Male age 20.

I have been having some dull aches in my lower abdomen and just feeling malaise lately. Chance this is colon cancer? Male age 20.

Very small chance...: ...Given that you're 20 years old, but nothing's impossible. You may want to review the many healthtap answers regarding causes ; cures for lower abdominal discomfort, but your best reassurance will come from your doctor after appropriate exam ; tests prove unremarkable. Be well--. ...Read more

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Feeling a little nauseated, and my lower right abdomen feels a little stiff and tender. No other sx. Male 22. How likely is colon cancer?

Feeling a little nauseated, and my lower right abdomen feels a little stiff and tender. No other sx. Male 22. How likely is colon cancer?

Very unlikely.: The chance of this being colon cancer is almost nonexistent. However, in a young man with new onset right lower quadrant pain, the possibility of appendicitis must be considered. If your pain worsens or persists, or if any new symptoms develop, you should see your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would I be able to feel a hard lump in my lower left abdomen with colon cancer. I have a heavy dull feeling there?

Would I be able to feel a hard lump in my lower left abdomen with colon cancer. I have a heavy dull feeling there?

Not necessarily : Usually there is no lump associated with colon cancer unless it is advanced. It sounds like your worried however, and should definitely see your primary care provider for an exam and more complete evaluation. Timing depends on severity of symptoms and your level of concern. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Persistent pain in abdomen for 6 month, around transverse colon and small intestine, worried could it be colon cancer?, r there other reasons for pain?

Persistent pain in abdomen for 6 month, around transverse colon and small intestine, worried could it be colon cancer?, r there other reasons for pain?

Colon cancer...: ...Seldom causes pain, ; would be unusual for an otherwise low risk gentleman in his 20's. There are lots of reasons for abdominal pain (see the many healthtap answers on the subject). However, the information you provided is insufficient to render a differential since we don't know the quality, timing, duration, severity of your symptoms, associations, nor the results of testing. Help us out--. ...Read more

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Would advanced colon cancer show up on a CT scan of my abdomen ? Reg CT scan not virtual colonoscopy.

Would advanced colon cancer show up on a CT scan of my abdomen ? Reg CT scan not virtual colonoscopy.

Imaging/biopsy: The imaging modality of ct scan could show findings that would be concerning for cancer, mass around your colon, enlarged lymph nodes in the same area. However, the diagnosis is made at biopsy, a piece of the mass under the microscope of a pathologist. Often the ct scan leads to the biopsy. Good luck, it is important to get the evaluation completed. ...Read more

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Colon cancer with hypoactive bowel sounds, distended abdomen, hypoactive bowel sounds, no bowel movement 2 days?

Colon cancer with hypoactive bowel sounds, distended abdomen, hypoactive bowel sounds, no bowel movement 2 days?

Call your Dr now: Hopefully this is transient, but the description provided is concerning for bowel obstruciton which can in turn lead to serious complications. ...Read more

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My 17 y/o has constipation weird pressure left side abdomen below rib cage no pain present for a few months colon cancer with enlarged spleen ?!

My 17 y/o has constipation weird pressure left side abdomen below rib cage no pain present for a few months colon cancer with enlarged spleen ?!

Insist on an answer: Junior needs to be seen. Cancer's unlike at 17 without a strong family history. If there is any concern that this is serious disease, he needs colonoscopy. If the spleen is big, an explanation needs to be found. It would be appropriate to check junior for porphyria and hypothyroidism. If you are not satisfied with any answer you get, or junior is not satisfied, demand a second opinion. ...Read more

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Can a CT with contrast of abdomen and pelvis detect colon cancer?

Can a CT with contrast of abdomen and pelvis detect colon cancer?

It can sometimes: Unfortunately, ct scans are not very good at finding small polyps like a colonoscopy does. The scan will usually only pick up larger lesions. The endoscopy has an additional benefit of allowing small polyps to be biopsied or removed. Polyps tend to grow to become cancer, so they should be removed if possible. Ct scan, won't allow treatment at same time, and thus, is not as good a test for colon ca. ...Read more

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1 week ago, I had change in bowel movement(looser stools, still continuing) and pain in left abdomen(not severe, improves). Is it colon cancer?19years

1 week ago, I had change in bowel movement(looser stools, still continuing) and pain in left abdomen(not severe, improves). Is it colon cancer?19years

Very unlikely: It is very unlikely that you have colon cancer. If loose stools persist for more than a week, it would be prudent to see your doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I have lwr rt quad pn in abdomen and rt back flank. My back hurts most when laying down. I have a CT in 3 days. Fam hst of colon cancer dad & brot?

I have lwr rt quad pn in abdomen and rt back flank.   My back hurts most when laying down.  I have a CT in 3 days.  Fam hst of colon cancer dad & brot?

Many possibilities.: Right lower quadrant pain with radiation to the flank can be many different things. Possibilities include appendix inflammation, constipation, kidney infection, kidney tumor, colon tumor, etc. The imaging study will be very helpful. If the imaging study is inconclusive consider having a colonoscopy to be complete. Good luck. ...Read more

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Paranoid about colon cancer. Constipated sometimes, pellet like stools, not bloody or pencil like, no weight loss, pain in abdomen, etc. Help?

Paranoid about colon cancer. Constipated sometimes, pellet like stools, not bloody or pencil like, no weight loss, pain in abdomen, etc. Help?

Doubt it!: In the absence of a family history of colon cancer and without relevant signs or symptoms, colon cancer is placed much lower on the list as the cause of your constipation. Ibs or functional constipation is more likely. See your doctor for a formal diagnosis and to get effective treatment. And don't forget your fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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From a 2 months lots of gas smells awful diarrhea stomach or colon cramp my abdomen becom fatty i was 74 now am 80 in 2 month is it colon cancer

From a 2 months lots of gas smells awful diarrhea stomach or colon cramp my abdomen becom fatty i was 74 now am 80 in 2 month is it colon cancer

Cancer unlikely: Irritable bowel more likely. FODMAPs in diet a likely culprit. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- Monosaccharides and PolyAlcohols. Read more about FODMAPs and IBS here: http://www.ibsdiets.org/fodmap-diet/fodmap-food-list/ Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Can a CT scan of the abdomen/pelvis without contrast detect colon cancer and ulcers?

Can a CT scan of the abdomen/pelvis without contrast detect colon cancer and ulcers?

CT Scan Findings: Ct scan is not the best study to detect colon cancer or ulcers. Although a ct scan may show a large sized colon cancer, the sensitivity of this is greatly reduced without the administration of oral contrast. Ulcers are typically not seen on ct scan. The best diagnostic study for both of these would be an endoscopy and colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Haven't had solid bowl movement more then 8 months pain & feel mass upper abdomen weight gain dad has colon cancer & aunt has stomach cancer worried?

Haven't had solid bowl movement more then 8 months pain & feel mass upper abdomen weight gain dad has colon cancer & aunt has stomach cancer worried?

Lots of issues...: You're describing many systemic concerns, but its impossible to tell here if your symptoms are all due to organic/metabolic disease or even related. Granted, your family history is notable, ; may indicate lynch syndrome. A thorough history ; physical with some simple investigatory lab studies ; x-rays would be a great place to start in getting the answers, reassurance ;/or treatment you need. ...Read more

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On chemo for metastic colon cancer . Ct scan coming up - says Neck, thorax , abdomen and pelvis . Is neck usually scanned ?

On chemo for metastic colon cancer . Ct scan coming up - says Neck, thorax , abdomen and pelvis . Is neck usually scanned ?

Yes: There are multiple sites where metastatic colon cancer can appear. While the liver and lung are the most common visceral sites other than lymph nodes in abdomen , spread can occur to the left supraclavicular fossa. Troisier sign is the finding of a hard and enlarged left supraclavicular neck node (Virchow's node). It is a sign of metastatic abdominal malignancy draining the thoracic duct. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis detect ovarian, cervical, uterine and colon cancer? Can it also detect fibroid?

Can a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis detect ovarian, cervical, uterine and colon cancer? Can it also detect fibroid?

It is a great imagin: Ct scan is one of the best way to look inside the abdomen, showing images of all the solid organs(not hollow ones). So we can visualize the ovarian and uterine massess(like tumors, cysts, growths like fibroids).Yet we can not see small tumors in colon or even in the ovaries and uterus.So we end up using 2 different tests, adding ultrasound for uterus/ovay, barium to see inside the intestine/stomac. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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