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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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What symptoms will the patient experience if she/he has advanced colon cancer?

What symptoms will the patient experience if she/he has advanced colon cancer?

Depends on location: The simple answer is that it depends on the location. While this is a gross generalization: right sided cancers present with dark bloody (almost black) called melanotic stools and anemia. Ledr sides rumors typically present with a bowel obstructions. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for a colon cancer patient?

What are the symptoms for a colon cancer patient?

Listed: Hopefully none if found by screening colonoscopy! otherwise, change in bowel habits, dark tarry stool (melena), red blood in stool, rectal bleeding, narrowed stools, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and/or fatigue are most common. ...Read more

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What's the youngest colon cancer patient in kids?

Not likely: Colon cancer is vanishingly rare in 11 year olds, even with a family history of colon cancer. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/guide/inherited-colorectal-cancer. ...Read more

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Does chemotherpay only work on some patients with colon cancer ?

Does chemotherpay only work on some patients with colon cancer ?

Does chemo work: Chemo refers to a multitude of drugs. Just like any drug or medicine we take everyone will react differently to that drug. I know some people who are so sensitive they fall asleep with an aspirin. Cancer cells are unique to each patient and are really just a part of you that are growing out of control. For some pts chemo will work, while for others it may have no effect. ...Read more

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Can colon cancer patients get a colon transplant?

Can colon cancer patients get  a colon transplant?

No, not needed: The good news is that you don't absolutely need your colon. For most colon cancers, the amount of colon that needs to be removed will not be missed. ...Read more

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Do all colon cancer patients have rectal bleeding?

Do all colon cancer patients have rectal bleeding?

Not always.: Early in colon cancer, there are typically NO symptoms until the cancer tumor grows large enough that it begins to cause problems in the digestive tract. Small, asymptomatic cancers can be found by screening colonoscopy. Larger tumors may cause changes in bowel habits (diarrhea/constipation/change in consistency of stool), blood in stool, unexplained weight loss, weakness/fatigue, persistent pain ...Read more

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Do all colon cancer patients have to wear bags to re-route their feces?

No: Most colon cancer patients have their colons reattached when they have their surgery resulting in normal bowel function. ...Read more

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How to increase WBC count in colon cancer patients?

How to increase WBC count in colon cancer patients?

Neulasta (pegfilgrastim): Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is sometimes used to increased low WBC due to chemotherapy. Oncologist will determine if it's needed. ...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. Ihab Ibrahim
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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