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Can marijuana help with colon cancer?

Can marijuana help with colon cancer?

Only re: nausea : No, hasn't any known clinical effect in "helping" with colon cancer, and by that i assume you mean retarding it's progress. ...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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Does a colonoscopy and endoscopy help with detecting ovarian cancer?

Does a colonoscopy and endoscopy help with detecting ovarian cancer?

No : Colonoscopy & endoscopy may help in the detection of gastrointestinal cancers (e.g. Esophagus, gastric, colorectal). Sometimes endoscopic ultrasound is used to look at near by lesions, such as when there is concern for pancreatic cancer. In certain conditions (e.g. Lynch syndrome), the incidence of cancers such as colon, gastric & ovarian are higher than average & added cancer surveillance needed. ...Read more

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Can changing what you eat help with rectal cancer?

Can changing what you eat help with rectal cancer?

Before or atfer?: Not after it is diagnosed. It can be prevented or its risk reduced by taking high fiber diet. But once it is already diagnosed, changing diet does not change anything. ...Read more

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Which postoperative treatments do you recommend for people with colon cancer?

Stage dependent: Postoperative therapy is stage dependent. For stage 1 cancer usually just follow-up is enough; for high-risk stage 2 cases chemotherapy or clinical trials are considered; for all stage 3 and 4 cases chemotherapy is recommended; radiation is usually not required unless tumor was attached to other structures or couldn't be entirely removed for example. ...Read more

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I need your expertise, is colon cancer hereditary?

I need your expertise, is colon cancer hereditary?

Some colon cancers: Are hereditary. Vast majority are not. The two common hereditary forms of colon cancer are familial adneomatous polys and lynch syndrome. Let me reiterate that hereditary colon cancers are a minority. See this site for more info. http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/hereditary-genetics/inherited-risk-colorectal. ...Read more

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How can a stent help with pancreatic cancer?

How can a stent help with pancreatic cancer?

Decrease symptoms: Placing a stent into a pancreatic or common bile duct for a patient with pancreatic cancer that is obstructing that duct may improve the symptoms of obstruction. Usually done for palliation in non resectable tumor or in preparation for surgery after acute obstruction. ...Read more

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What treatment to expect with adenocarcinoma colon cancer?

What treatment to expect with adenocarcinoma colon cancer?

Surgery, chemo: Depending on the stage, an operation is usually necessary to remove the diseased portion of the colon along with its nearby lymph nodes. Then, depending on if the cancer has spread to those lymph nodes impacts whether you will also need chemotherapy. If the cancer has already spread beyond the colon, sometimes you start with chemo. ...Read more

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Are colonoscopy, endoscopy, and anoscopy all good ways to tell if I had colon or rectal cancer?

Are colonoscopy, endoscopy, and anoscopy all good ways to tell if I had colon or rectal cancer?

Full colon: a colonoscopy would be the best way to look at the entire colon for evidence of colon or rectal cancer. Anoscopy just looks at the end and endoscopy is usually the stomach and upper intestines. ...Read more

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Need help with diet for diverticulitis and gallstones?

Need help with diet for diverticulitis and gallstones?

Will differ: Gallstones cause symptoms when they block the function of the gallbladder after eating fatty foods. Thus avoiding fatty foods like fried and high fat foods may be helpful. For diverticulitis, the blockage of diverticular sac openings is the root cause for inflammation. Avoiding constipation by eating more fiber and drinking more water, and to exercise more frequently. ...Read more

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Would a family history of colon cancer make me more likely to get anal and oral cancer also?

No: Anal cancer is distinct from colo-rectal cancer as it arises from different cell type - squamous cell. There is no diffinitive increased risk of anal or oral cancer in those with a family history of colo-rectal cancer. ...Read more

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Some steps you can take to prevent colon cancer besides frequent colonoscopy?

Some steps you can take to prevent colon cancer besides frequent colonoscopy?

DIet Exercise: Regular exercise. Eat healthy. Less fat in the diet. Limit processed meats, fish and poultry rather than red meats. Lots of fruits and vegetables. Avoid obesity. ...Read more

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Colon cancer spread to small intestine, what do you suggest?

Colon cancer spread to small intestine, what do you suggest?

Depends: Did it grow directly into the small bowel or spread as a metastasis? In one or in many places? Was it just diagnosed or is it a late recurrence? Any previous chemo? What's the patient's general health? The patient's oncologist should be able to weigh all the options and come up with a treatment plan. If this is about you, best wishes. ...Read more

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Can bowel cancer be diagnosed through a barium enema and a colonoscopy? Help please?

Can bowel cancer be diagnosed through a barium enema and a colonoscopy? Help please?

Yes: Either or colonoscopy is the best tool accuracy more than 95% barium enema use to be the tool but the accuracy and false positive and negative are not enough to depend on colonoscopy can discover polyps too small to be seen by barium enema and can have it removed at the same time. ...Read more

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Can dietary fiber help prevent cancer or improve cancer survival?

Can dietary fiber help prevent cancer or improve cancer survival?

Fiber and Life: Fiber has been shown to prevent colon cancer. It has not been shown to improve cancer survival. You would need to eat about 30 to 35 grams of fiber per day to obtain the preventive qualities of the fiber, and you need to do this long-term. ...Read more

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Do all polyps need to be removed in colonoscopy to avoid colon cancer?

Do all polyps need to be removed in colonoscopy to avoid colon cancer?

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

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Which professionals help with lung cancer and stroke?

Which professionals help with lung cancer and stroke?

Lung CA Specialists: Specialists who diagnose and treat lung cancer are Pulmonologists, Thoracic Surgeons, Medical oncologists, and Radiation Oncologists. Stroke specialists are Neurologists. ...Read more

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Could use expert help with why people get gastro intestinal cancer?

Could use expert help with why people get gastro intestinal cancer?

Unknown: While we know that some types of polyps if the GI tract can turn in to cancer in genetically predisposed individuals, we don't know what exactly that predisposition is and don't do routine testing for it, and don't know how to treat it. Why some people develop these types of polyps is also unknown, but most likely a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Very complex issue. ...Read more

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Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?

Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?

Most important: is polyp removal through recommended colonoscopy screenings. The longer you have had UC/inflammatory bowel disease, and if more than 1/3 to 1/2 of your colon is involved, the greater your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Controlling bowel inflammation by complying with your medication regimen is likely to be preventive. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, obesity. Low fat/high fiber diet, NSAIDs +/- ...Read more

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What to do for re-occurrence of anal cancer/ hepatomegaly with metastasis?

What to do for re-occurrence of anal cancer/ hepatomegaly with metastasis?

Start w/ Oncologist: Full details of type of tumor, initial stage, prior treatments including radiation, chemotherapy and surgery as well as details of tumor in the liver (how many lesions? What size? What lobes are involved?) will need to be reviewed to determine the best course of therapy. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are risk factors for colon cancer?

Need expert help here. What are risk factors for colon cancer?

See below: There are number of factors including heredity, smoking, diet, alcohol, colon inflammation. See this site for detailed information. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colon-cancer/ds00035/dsection=risk-factors. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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. Stephen Scholand
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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