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Dr. Zbigniew Moszczynski Dr. Moszczynski
Surgery
25 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

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.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Kirpal Singh Dr. Singh
Surgery
20 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Grandfather had colon cancer at 87, uncle had noncancerous polyps at 48. Mother has no polyps. Likely a colon cancer gene?

Grandfather had colon cancer at 87, uncle had noncancerous polyps at 48. Mother has no polyps. Likely a colon cancer gene?

Likely Not: You have to have three or more family members with a confirmed diagnosis of colorectal cancer, one of whom should be a first degree (parent, child, sibling) relative.

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Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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25 y/o. Recurrent anal bleeding. Blood in toilet, paper, can't tell if on feces or from dripping. Maternal grandfather had colon cancer. Anysuggestion?

25 y/o. Recurrent anal bleeding. Blood in toilet, paper, can't tell if on feces or from dripping. Maternal grandfather had colon cancer. Anysuggestion?

You need a medical c: A medical check up is required to find the cause of your rectal bleeding. It could be hemorrhoids but occasionally it can be something more serious. So you need to go see a doctor soon and find out the cause. Then they can offer you treatment to cure the problem.

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Dr. William A Biermann Dr. Biermann
Internal Medicine - Oncology
42 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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My mom I know has colon cancer, but could my 96 yr old grandfather who has never been tested?

My mom I know has colon cancer, but could my 96 yr old grandfather who has never been tested?

Possible??: At 96 one would need to have a symptom to be checked for colon cancer, because of the likelihood of other medical conditions that are associated with advanced age. It is unusual to do screening in a person of this age. If he is unusually fit some doctors would consider it. On the other hand, if he has not been tested and is 96, he may not agree to look now.

Dr. Andrew Turrisi Dr. Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
43 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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My grandfather has been told he has cancer cells in his spinal cord. He survived colon cancer as he prevented it in the early stages. Is there hope?

My grandfather has been told he has cancer cells in his spinal cord. He survived colon cancer as he prevented it in the early stages. Is there hope?

Travelled cancer: Is never good. Colon cancer commonly goes to the liver, lungs and sometmes bones. If the spine bones are infested, they can collapse and put pressure on the spinal cord. Actual infestation of the cord or cerebrospinal fluid is highly unlikely. Both a neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist should see him in a hurry.

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Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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HI I am a 21 year old male and I am new here. I have no family history of colon cancer or colon problems but my grandfather had kidney cancer got his kidney removed and caught lymphoma and ended up dying from it at 61. About 2 weeks ago, I was on vacation

HI I am a 21 year old male and I am new here. I have no family history of colon cancer or colon problems but my grandfather had kidney cancer got his kidney removed and caught lymphoma and ended up dying from it at 61. About 2 weeks ago, I was on vacation

Your question: Was cut off. Please try again but w/a shorter and more direct question. Fear of cancer is fairly common and your concern is respected but a doctor visit would be best. Peace and good health.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Severe constipation- I tried using warm water and I noticed blood and mucus with no bowel movement. Grandfather died of colon cancer.?

Severe constipation- I tried using warm water and I noticed blood and mucus with no bowel movement. Grandfather died of colon cancer.?

Fiber and water: You need to increase your intake of fiber and water. You may take more fiber foods or take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. Drink enough water, daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Consult this site for fiber foods. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 Wish you good health and a happy new year!

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Dr. John Minoli Dr. Minoli
Surgery - Plastics
33 years in practice
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
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I've been experiencing symptoms of colon cancer. What should I do?

I've been experiencing symptoms of colon cancer. What should I do?

Gastroenterologist: I would immediately consult with a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon. You may need simple blood tests and perhaps a colonoscopy to determine what is going on along the internal lining of your entire colon before determining whether or not you have an actual lesion. Other imaging studies may be performed as well.

Dr. Myron Arlen Dr. Arlen
Surgery - Oncology
60 years in practice
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I have a family history of colon cancer. What should I look out for?

I have a family history of colon cancer. What should I look out for?

Stool change: At age 40 the possibility of hereditary polyposis leading to colon cancer is rare if you don't have any disease as of now. Most colon malignancies are environmentally induced probably arising from the polyoma virus infecting the bowel mucosa. The other cause is related to long standing inflammatory bowel disease. You should have an initial colonoscopy to evaluate your bowel.

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
19 years in practice
Udayana University Faculty of Medicine
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What is colon cancer?

What is colon cancer?

Cancer of the colon: Cancer that forms in the tissues of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine). Most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). There are estimated 103, 170 (colon); 40, 290 (rectal) new cases and 51, 690 (colon and rectal combined) deaths from colon cancer in us in 2012. Screening with colonoscopy started at age of 50.

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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What is colon cancer?

What is colon cancer?

Cancers: Cancers are abnormal, rapidly growing cells that do not know when to stop growing. These abnormal cells can damage local tissues, can attach to nearby organs or structures, can spread to lymph nodes, or can spread to other organs through the blood stream. Their growth damages what they are attached to, and often cancers encourage new blood flow to themselves. Cancer can grow in the colon.

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Dr. Nancy Mckinney Dr. Mckinney
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
15 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Colon cancer any signs?

Colon cancer any signs?

Not always: Colon cancer tends to not have any signs or symptoms when it is early (when it is easiest to treat). That is why screening colonoscopies are so important, to remove any polyps that may become cancer, and to directly look for cancers. Colon cancer can cause bleeding from the rectum, tiredness from anemia, stool changes, or abdominal pain. Other things can cause this too. Best to be seen if? S.

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Dr. Bac Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Does colon cancer hurt?

Does colon cancer hurt?

Usually not: Early stages of colon cancer often have no symptoms. Colon cancer has long developmental stages starting out as polyps and can take yrs to develop, hence screening colonoscopy is done every 10 yrs for normal folks. Polyps can be removed during colonoscopy. Advanced cancer can cause pain by obstructing bowel, spread to liver, bone, brain, lung etc. See doc regulalry. Good luck.

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder Dr. Blackwelder
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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What cures colon cancer?

What cures colon cancer?

Early detection!: The best thing that improves the chances of curing colon cancer is early detection. So preventive health care and screening are key. All adults should have a colonoscopy at age 50 to look for cancers or early cancers, usually as polyps. If you have a strong family history or certain conditions it is recommended you get earlier screening. Once detected, colon ca usually is cured by surgery, or drugs.

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Dr. Douglas Brewer Dr. Brewer
Surgery - Colorectal
30 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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What causes colon cancer?

What causes colon cancer?

Very complicated: Monoclonal theory says that just like we are a living thing, we are born, we have jobs to do and then we die, each cell has a similar cycle of birth, life, and death. Cancer occurs when a cell develops so many mutations that it does not follow that cycle and does not die but can still divide itself and hides from our immune system which is there to detect abnormal cells and destroy them.

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Dr. Kimberly Stone Dr. Stone
Surgery
8 years in practice
UC Irvine School of Medicine
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Can this be colon cancer?

Can this be colon cancer?

Not enough info: Colon cancer can present with or without symptoms. Common symptoms include change in stool caliber/consistency, rectal bleeding or blood with bm, abdominal pain, anemia. If you have not been screened, you should consider the various screening options for colon cancer, includine a stool test to check for blood, colonoscopy, or sigmoidoscopy. If you are having bleeding, you need a colonoscopy.

Marianne DiNapoli Dr. DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
68 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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How does colon cancer begin?

How does colon cancer begin?

Polyps.: Polyps (adenomas) are small, benign masses that can form within the colon. The life cycle of the mucus membranes of the colon becomes disrupted, either from genetic or environmental reasons, causing growth of polyps. If polyp growth continues abnormally, they have the potential to develop into an invasive lesion and become cancerous.

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Dr. Prashant Sinha Dr. Sinha
Surgery
15 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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How does colon cancer spread?

How does colon cancer spread?

Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes are the way colon cancer cells usually escape the colon. It can grow through the colon into the surroundings. Finally it can move from lymph nodes into the blood stream that flows to the liver. When the colon is examined, and if lymph nodes are involved, chemotherapy is recommended.

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Dr. James Krick
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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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more