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Mushroom Extract Colon Cancer
Bag is rarely needed: Colostomy (external bag) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery. It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery. ...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
Yes: Not all polyps are pre-canerous, most are. The determination of whether the polyp is precancerous or not usually requires examination by a pathologist and that necessitates removal. There is no good reason to not remove a polyp detected on colonscopy. All most all colon cancers start in polyps, therefore it is necessary to remove polyps to prevent colon cancer. ...Read more
Does having gallbladder removed increase risk of colon cancer? Or does gallbladder removal cause colon cancer?
Can a aortocaval node be cured / treated which has metastases? It's 10 mm in size in a colon cancer pt where primary is removed
Yes: In removing what is considered a solitary metastatic focus and in particular a lymph node, one must make sure the lesion is solitary. A PET/CAT scan will resolve this issue and if solitary should be removed by surgical resection. If other sites noted then chemo followed by surgery should be performed. ...Read more
Why does my wife need chemo? My wife was operated on for colon cancer it went well they removed 12 lymphnodes 4 of them had traces of cancer we just had a petscan and it came back clean no organs affected. Why would my wife need chemo if scan was clean.?
PET: Pet scans usually can only see tumor measuring about the size of a small raisin (1 cm). A tumor this size already contains about 1 billion cancer cells. When multiple lymph nodes are invovled there is a very high chance that there are tiny clusters of cells in other lymph nodes, surrounding tissues, or organs. Chemotherapy or other treatments are often given after surgery to hopefully kill these remaining bad cells. We know that this increases the chances of beating the disease based on randomized trials in which brave people who had colon cancer in their lymph nodes and normal scans after the operation agreed to get chemotherapy or not based on the flip of a coin. Those who got the chemotherapy lived longer and had relapses less often and later in life. ...Read more
Polyposis: It may be that the polyposis syndrome that you are dealing with may be more extensive. Frequently, when people speak about gastrointestinal polyposis, it may involve more than one part of the GI tract. Thus, although the stomach was treated, there may have been more polyps elsewhere. Alternatively, you may also explain this by postulating two separate entities or sites for cancer to start. ...Read more
Colon cancer stage 2, pt 65y/o. Had 1 + mass, multiple benign polops. All of the colon was removed. Is chemo recommended? No matastatas noted.
I had a polyp removed from my sigmoid at age 20 and it was benign. No direct family history of colon cancer. What tests should be done ongoing?
Typically: It depends on type of polyp found/ removed and why scoped. Consider full colonoscopy if there was one, there could be more. Typically a colonoscopy every 5 yrs is indicated with a family history of colon cancer or a personal hx of polyp or cancer (at a minimum). Consult a GI specialist for further management. ...Read more
How do you know if you have a family history of colon cancer if all the old folks get colonoscopies, get polyps removed, and say nothing about it?
Ask: Go to your older relatives & ask them- not just about colonoscopies, but about their parents/grandparents, who had what & who died from what. You'll get valuable family history on a number of topics. Only about 5% of colon cancers occur in families with a history of colon cancer, so screening is more important than family history for this. ...Read more
My friend has had surgery for colon cancer but has been told she possibly has another 5cm tumour attached to the aorta.... can this be removed too?
Probably not: If this is "adenocarcinoma of the colon", then the tumor next to the aorta represents growth outside the wall of the colon, which means it isn't possible to cure this with surgery. However, it is important to confirm that the mass is a recurrence or extension of the primary colon cancer. If so, then radiation and chemotherapy can help, but are not likely to cure the cancer. ...Read more
I had two tubular adnomas removed in '09 at 33, one hyperplastic and one tubular adenoma removed in '12. Am I likely to get colon cancer. No fam hstry?
Tubular adenomas: The fact that you have tubular adenomas at such an early age probably does slightly raise your lifetime risk of colon carcinoma. However, now that you know you can have careful followup and screening to make sure all adenomas are removed before they can develop into colon cancer. ...Read more
My dad was diagnosis with colon cancer, has all of the colon removed. What is the possibility that he will or will not have to have chemo/radiation?
Am I more likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer if the large polyp that was removed was labeled as "friable"?
Can a person live up to 5 years with stage IV colon cancer? 1 liver met and 1 node. Primary removed last year
Can you successfully treat a recurrent colon cancer? This is my mothers third time. Had all lymph nodes removed after first surgery I
Colon cancer: It appears your mother's colon cancer has been recurrent over a period of years, meaning it is not likely to cure her microscopic disease. That said, her disease can be managed for as long as individual foci can be targetted and more widespread disease cannot be controlled. There is no exact timeline on that, but regular follow up with her doctors should monitor her status/control/progression. ...Read more
Can colon cancer is it bad if a aortocaval node contains a met? The primary colon tumor is removed already. What is best treatment here?
Mets are bad: Metastasis of any kind are a bad sign, because it indicates that the disease has spread. Metastatic disease may be treated with radiation or chemotherapy, but this will depend on specific patient factors. Solitary metastasis to the lungs or liver are sometimes removed surgically, but aortocaval nodes are probably too risky. ...Read more
If colon cancer was there several years n now removed - why only after surgery a liver met appears? All prior scans were showing no distant spread?
Not unusual.: It sometimes takes years for a metastasis in the liver or elsewhere to become large enough to be seen with the tests that we have available, such as CT scans or pet scans. If the metastasis is isolated and small, it may still be able to be treated. Be sure to discuss this in depth with your oncologist. Good luck. ...Read more
If there is a liver met and 1 aortocaval node in a colon cancer pt, approx how many yrs is survival? Primary is removed n on irinotecan at present.
See liver specialist: Aortocaval LN involvement in colorectal cancer is unusual and should be confirmed by PET scan or biopsy before being labelled as a metastatic LN. If the liver metastasis can be resected, it should be resected. Adjuvant or neoadjuvant chemotherapy may improve long-term survival. Median survival for untreated Stage IV colorectal cancer is about 18 months. See a liver surgeon specialist ...Read more
39y/o, had 2 polpys removed (sigmond & descending, villous adenoma w/high grade dysplasia). Will I get colon cancer even though 2 polyps were removed?
Not sure if: Family history or leeding led to your colonoscopy, but it showed its value. You are not predestined to get invasive cancer, but the findings warrant follow up to snip dangerous polyps before they invade, and gain access to nodes and blood steam. Your colonoscopist can tell you schedule for surveillance. ...Read more
What % can colon cancer return with ulcerative colitis after cancer tumor is removed from that part of colon?
High risk of cancer: Recurrence risk given cancer is a function of the stage of cancer when diagnosed, independent of uc. However, uc patients have an approximately 1% per year risk of new cancer appearing. Because of this high risk, total colectomy has been the standard of care for uc. If you have any colon left, it should be examined and biopsied periodically looking for dysplasia, the precursor of cancerous change. ...Read more
My husband had a colon tumor removed they got it all but has stage 3 colon cancer 6 of 20 lymph nodes what does this mean?
An excellent website:
I am sorry to hear your news. You obviously have been going through a lot. The nih has an excellent, patient friendly website with info about this. See:
the site goes on to discuss treatment. He is most likely looking at chemotherapy. Your oncologist should be able to help with the details. Good luck to you both. ...Read more
My husband had stage one colon cancer doc has removed most of his colon and intestine does have a bag how long will he live?
I had colon polyps removed Almost a year ago and have been taking kombucha could it help prevent colon cancer if taken daily?
One line answer NO: KOMBUCHA, a fermented fungus tea used as health supplement in varieties of diseses from cancer to HIV etc has no scientific proof. Only one that benefits are the one that sells, risk outweighs the unproven benefits If you have colon polyp go for scheduled endoscopic removal, get them analyzed & follow your MD s advise. ...Read more
If a person with colon cancer has a liver met, 1 node and 1. 0.5 mm nodule In lobe, what is approx prognosis? Primary removed last yr
Not good: Once a cancer had metastasized, it becomes inoperable and the only way to slow it down is with either radiation and or chemotherapy when these treatments work. Ultimately the treatment itself produces immunosuppression and makes the patient susceptible to infection which is often the actual cause of death. All these variables impact the length of survival. ...Read more
For a stage III b colon cancer removed surgically, why the chemo should be systemic rather than regional although there are no metastasis?
Micrometastasis: The goal of adjuvant therapy is the eradication of occult micrometastatic tumor cells before metastatic disease becomes clinically evident. Undetected micrometastases can contribute to the failure of primary treatment. Adjuvant chemotherapy for stage iii colon cancer dramatically improves both relapse-free and overall survival. ...Read more