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Pet Ct Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis
What stage of colorectal cancer would a normal ABD CT rule out? If I had colorectal cancer w/ a normal CT does that mean only early stage is possible
CT scans NOT diagno: CT scans of the abdomen, no matter how "well" they are performed, are NOT diagnostic of colon cancer. Only a (colonoscopic) biopsy & (surgical) staging can do that. Thus, your question is a non-starter... colorectal cancer cannot be "ruled out" from a CT scan; while CT scan can help plan a staging procedure (& a normal CT scan is reassuring), only an oncologist can stage cancer if it exists. ...Read more
Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. The cells lining the colon or rectum become abnormal and grow uncontrollably. They start as polyps. Symptoms include blood in the stool, constipation, loss of appetite, and weight loss. This cancer can be prevented through early screening, if a polyp is detected during a colonoscopy and excised. Additionally, a high fiber diet with plenty of water and a ...Read more
Scared I've colorectal cancer.Had recent abd x-ray, abd CT w/ contrast, and ab ultrasound.Do these rule out the possibility of late stage cancer?
Yes: However, they do not rule out the possibility of early colon cancer. Colonoscopy is the standard test done for early detection of colon cancer and is recommended for patients with family history of colon cancer even at younger ages (less than 50). Is there any reason you are specifically scared of having colorectal cancer? Talk to your doc about your fears as well as symptoms. ...Read more
diagnose metastasis: Pet scanning is used for staging of a variety of cancers. Lesions seen on plain scans can be shown to be biologically active of pet scan this then suggests metastatic tumor and stages the disease. If a lesion on plain scan does not "light up" on pet scan, it is assumed to be benign. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgical oncologist: Go to a surgeon who treats a lot of colorectal cancer - a surgical oncologist, colorectal surgeon, or an experienced general surgeon. Surgery is almost always a major part of the treatment process, but he will need tests (colonoscopy if not already done), ct scan, cea. The surgeon is the best expert to be the "captain of the ship". He/she can explain and consult with other oncologists if needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Enough/a great many.: The incidence of this cancer goes up greatly after age 50. This is why colonoscopy is recommended for anyone over age 50 as a guideline. Both men and women are affectedust about equally. Colonoscopy is recommended by the american cancer society “guidelines for the early detection of cancer” once every 10 years and flexible sigmoidoscopy, barium enema, and virtual colonoscopy every 5 years. ...Read more
Getting better: 150, 000 people develop colon cancer annually and 50-60, 000 people will die from this. There is considerable personal cost because of medical and surgical treatments. The economic cost is estimated at $14 billion for 2010, second only to breast cancer at $16b. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the best cancer centers in Canada? How about in Vancouver? The cancer in question is Colorectal cancer. Thank you!
Not in Vancouver: As in the US. when one has a specialty problem one goes to a center, not to a location. On this basis when there is a major cancer problem one seeks advice from MD Anderson in Texas or Sloan Kettering in NY. In Canada it is the Princess Margaret Hospital and McGill Univ. Hospital. Other wise any hospital in Vancouver that has a colorectal surgeon can be consulted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
May be temporary: Most stomas that are created following colorectal surgery are temporary. The permanent colostomies are performed when the tumor involves rectal sphincter and an APR is performed. Otherwise the diversion performed is to protect an anastomosis and can be closed several months later when the suture line has healed. A colostomy is also performed when there is bowel obstruction and diversion needed. ...Read more
~1.6 million/year: The national cancer institute estimates that about 1.6 million screening colonoscopies are performed each year in the United States. Colonoscopy is not the only way to screen for colorectal cancer, but collecting these statistics on a national level is much more difficult. The other methods include sigmoidoscopy, fecal occult blood testing, and ct-based screening tests. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eat your veggies: Population studies show groups that eat high fiber, grains, fruit, veggies, legumes have lower rates. Calcium foods (no/low fat dairy), may help. Low intake meat, especially processed meats may help. Fiber supplements are less helpful than fiber foods. Low (sat) fat, high fiber may be a good combo. Dash diet (dietary approach to stop hypertension): easy, tasty, healthy. Find it online. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibility of colorectal cancer in younger people. Which persons should get colonoscopy <50 years?
Colonoscopy <50 y o: There are several nationally-recognized colonoscopy screening guidelines. Most agree the following patients under 50 year old should undergo colonoscopy:1) afro-american males at age 45; 2) familial syndromes that predispose to early colon ca (fap, lynch syndromes, etc.); 3) inflammatory bowel of longstanding; 4) history of colon ca or adenomatous polyps at young age; 5) other select settings. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the chances of colorectal cancer at age 37? I have hemrroids for the first time in my life.
Low: Fairly low, unless you have a first degree relative with colon cancer early in life. If you develop symptoms that are unusual for simple hemorrhoids, you should have additional testing. As always, if things don't go the way they're supposed to, go back to your doctor for the next step in the plan. ...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
Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more
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