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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. ...Read more

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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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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. ...Read more

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How to know if colon cancer ?

How to know if colon cancer ?

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

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What is the cause of colon cancer?

What is the cause of colon cancer?

Multiple factors: Age over 50, chronic intestinal diseases, polyps, diabetes, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, heavy alcohol consumption and filly history of cancer can all increase your risk. Majority occur due to acquired defects in cells lining the intestines from a combination of one or more factors. Small minority are hereditary. ...Read more

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How to know if I have colon cancer?

How to know if I have colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy + biopsy as indicated. If you do have risk factors, you should have your first screening colonoscopy at age 50. ...Read more

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What are the stages of colon cancer?

1 through 4: The stage of colon cancer is based upon the depth of penetration of the cancer thru the colon wall, the presence or absence of lymph node involvement, and the presence of cancer elsewhere in the body (metastatic disease). The stage is associated with prognosis and guides our recommendations regarding chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is colon cancer?

What sort of disease is colon cancer?

Cancer: Colon cancer is a cancer of the large intestine (colon). Surgery is generally required to remove the portion of colon involved with cancer. Colonoscopy is performed to prevent colon cancer. Polyps, small growths, , which can turn into cancer, are removed during a colonoscopy so they don't turn into a cancer. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of colon cancer

None at early stage: Early stage of colon cancer has no symptoms at all , that is the reason to have colonascopy, at the age of 50 and on, . Early detection assures the cure, as tumor advances change of bowel habit, bleeding, weight loss, bowel obstruction etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

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


Dr. Corey Clay
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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