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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?

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: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/colon/patient/page2 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

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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 colon cancer is it bad if a aortocaval node contains a met ? The primary colon tumor is removed already . What is best treatment here ?

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

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Does colon tumor cause perforation?

Does colon tumor cause perforation?

It can: If a tumor enlarges it can lead to an obstruction. If the obstruction persists, than a perforation can occur. Also it not necessarily the size of the tumor, it is how far it penetrates through the bowel wall. Another important reason to have a colonoscopy when needed. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does colon tumor lead to diverticulitis?

Does colon tumor lead to diverticulitis?

No: Colon cancer does not cause diverticulitis. But you can develop diverticulitis independently while having colon cancer. ...Read more

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What sorts of foods should a person eat or avoid following an operation to take out a colon tumor?

What sorts of foods should a person eat or avoid following an operation to take out a colon tumor?

No change: Generally I do not have my patients on any special diet after colon reaction. Just watch out for constipation if you take a lot of pain medications. ...Read more

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Can recurrent UTI cause by colon tumor?

Can recurrent UTI cause by colon tumor?

No: Unrelated. Need to consult with GI dr or surgeon if you pass blood or black tarry stool perrectum. Also if there has bee an appreciable change in texture of bowel movements. This would be related to ruling out bowel tumor & not to recurrent utis. ...Read more

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Does colon tumor cause infection and abscess in the colon?

Does colon tumor cause infection and abscess  in the colon?

It can: Tumors can cause these things, but they are not the most common cause. Diverticulitis and colitis are much more common causes for abscess and infection. ...Read more

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Would a CT show a malignant colon tumor ?

Would a CT show a malignant colon tumor ?

It might: A ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis with IV and oral contrast may show a colon tumor, but not always. Ct colonography is a relatively new technique that is not performed everywhere, but it is better than standard ct scans for detecting colon cancer. Currently, colonoscopy is still the best way to evaluate the colon for cancer. ...Read more

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How long does it take to grow colon tumor?

How long does it take to grow colon tumor?

5-10 years: ... In general but some hereditary colon cancer syndromes and colitis patients can develop them within a year! ...Read more

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What does "no evidence of invasive carcinoma mean" on a biopsy of a colon tumor?

What does "no evidence of invasive carcinoma mean" on a biopsy of a colon tumor?

Contained: No evidence of invasive carcinoma on the pathology report for colon cancer means that the cancer appears to be contained and has not spread, such as into the muscle layer of the colon and beyond. This should imply a higher likelihood for cure if one follows the recommendations of one's oncologist. ...Read more

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If a liver met is ablated and there is a aortocaval node, primary colon tumor already removed . How many yrs can a person survive?

If a liver met is ablated and there is a aortocaval node, primary colon tumor already removed . How many yrs can a person survive?

Enormously variable: no one can say with certainty how long an individual will live. Statistics are available for AVERAGES. (Consider:the average Briton has one testicle.) Usually I advise "ask your doctor," but even your doctor can't answer this. ...Read more

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If somone has pencil thin stools due to colon tumor would obstruction relieve itself so that stool becomes thicker some other days?

If somone has pencil thin stools due to colon tumor would obstruction relieve itself so that stool becomes thicker  some other  days?

Not likely: In an untreated patient with colon cancer the partial obstruction would not relieve itself. The stools would become progressively thinner until the patient would not be able to have a bowel movement at all. ...Read more

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Confussed . Colon tumor . All scans clear so no metastases . Operation march . Sept scan reveals a liver met . Does this mean escaped cells?

Confussed . Colon tumor . All scans clear so no metastases . Operation march . Sept scan reveals a liver met . Does this mean escaped cells?

Most likely : This depends on many factors. This is true for type of tumor and where located on or in the colon. If your doctors believe it is a metastasis then "escaped " cells is a way to explain it. It is also important to be sure it is the only visible metastasis for planning therapy. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have colon cancer without polups or tumors?

Is it possible to have colon cancer without polups or tumors?

Colon cancer: You can get colon cancer without polyps preceding it. If you have colon cancer you have a colonic tumor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have the symptoms of colon cancer and have a tumor that is benign or non-cancerous?

Is it possible to have the symptoms of colon cancer and have a tumor that is benign or non-cancerous?

Yes: Many conditions such as bacterial and viral colitis, ulcerative colitis, crohn's colitis are benign, and benign colon polyps can cause colon problems. Even something as simple as hemorrhoids can cause bowel changes or bleeding. Need to see a doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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What would b classed as terminal colon cancer , ie how many tumors (mets) in the body, how big etc ?

Organ failure: Number and size of lesions does not determine terminal disease. Many colon lesions recurr in mid abdomen as extensive lesions producing bowel obstruction. Others present with multiple peritoneal seeding. When end organ failure develops that can't be relieved by colostomy or liver replaced to produce jaundice that can't be relieved by stent then patient is entering terminal state. ...Read more

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What does n1c means in colon cancer? What does it mean depostits of tumor but without lymph nodes involvement

Characteristics: These are all characteristics we use to determine the aggressiveness of a cancer. These dictate to us, if and which chemotherapy should be used and other treatments and follow ups accordingly. The features you describe should all warrant a consultation with an oncologist. ...Read more

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Why are breast tumors imaged with a scanner but colon or pancreatic cancer cannot?

Why are breast tumors imaged with a scanner but colon or pancreatic cancer cannot?

All diagnostic: Tests have limitations, depending on the size and anatomical location of the tumor. In the breast, it is relatively easy because it is an external organ. Pancreas is an organ located deep behind the abdomen in the retroperitoneum, so it is more difficult to image. Colon cancer can be imaged these days with ct virtual colonoscopy, but presence of stool can make it difficult to image. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


Dr. Erik Borncamp
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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