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My Grandfather Had Colon Cancer What Should I Do
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
Grandfather had colon cancer at 87, uncle had noncancerous polyps at 48. Mother has no polyps. Likely a colon cancer gene?
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?
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
My grandfather, 80 y/o stage 4 colon cancer has been put on: levoronin, eloxatin, avastin, (bevacizumab) 5-fo. Is this appropriate for his first round of chemo?
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
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Get tested: There are many tests that have been developed to test either a patient with concerning symptoms or just as a routine screening exam in an a symptomatic patient. Each individual situation is different. Testing stool for blood or now genetic abnormalities, rectal exam, X-rays such as barium enema or ct scan virtual colonoscopy are examples. Best is colonoscopy as you can both look and do. ...Read more
Genes: Most colon cancers are not inherited. However, there is a subset which is associated with inherited genetic abnormalities such as hereditary polyposis a this hereditary non polyposis gene (hnpp). There are also syndromes that make you susceptible to a variety of different cancers including colon cancer such as lynch syndrome. ...Read more
None really...: In the majority of patients (over 80%), colon cancer is silent. Symptoms and signs of altered stool pattern or appearance, weight loss, blood in the stool are often late manifestations of advanced disease. Unfortunately, these signs are nonspecific, and can present with many other GI issues--so don't freak out if you are experiencing them. Just get checked. ...Read more
Any symptoms?: It is very rare that you would at your age, but our med school had a scholarship named for a 26yr old med student who passed from colon cancer. If you are having symptoms, such as bleeding with bowel movements, unexplained pain or pressure, weight loss, or have a family history, or have other issues like inflammatory bowel disease, see your doc for some easy tests and go from there. Best of luck! ...Read more