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Stage 2/3 rectal cancer, 60-yr M patient, chemo+radiation, ok to have surgery to remove mass 2 weeks after treatment?

Stage 2/3 rectal cancer, 60-yr M patient, chemo+radiation, ok to have surgery to remove mass 2 weeks after treatment?

That depends: On your overall health and status post treatment. Often, the surgeon will request you to be medically cleared which needs to be done by your internist or PCP, and involves a Physical exam, and possible blood work with an EKG and Chest Xray to see if you are medically stable to undergo the operation. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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How long does it take rectal cancer to grow?

How long does it take rectal cancer to grow?

No clear answer: While cancer doesn't develop overnight, processes leading upto cancer can take years. Here is a good overview on rectal cancer http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/colorectal-cancer. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting rectal cancer?

Are some people more prone to getting rectal cancer?

Yes: People over age 50 with high-fat, low-fiber diet ("western') are at increased risk for developing polyps which can turn cancerous over time. Alcohol intake may be linked and patients with inflammatory bowel disease are also at a higher risk. Family history can increase the risk in patients too. ...Read more

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What are activities that people with rectal cancer cannot do?

What are activities that people with rectal cancer cannot do?

Depends on the: Treatment. If surgery and the rectum was removed and permanent colostomy, obviously no anal sex, rectal temps, suppositories. If just radiation and biopsy, no particular restriction as long as complete healing has occurred. If diagnosed but not treated, activities restriction is the least of the problem. You need to get treatment options. ...Read more

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Stage 1 rectal cancer 6 years ago- recurrence possible?

Stage 1 rectal cancer 6 years ago- recurrence possible?

Yes: Recurrences are always possible, even up to 10 years out, but the majority of rectal cancers recur within 3-5 years. You should continue getting exams and colonoscopies, especially since you are young and healthy! ...Read more

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Does anal fissure leads to rectal cancer ?

Does anal fissure leads to rectal cancer ?

Not likely.: Anal cancer can result from chronic irritation from condyloma acuminata, perianal fissures/fistulae, chronic hemmorrhids, leukoplakia, and trauma from anal intercourse. This presents with a triad of bleeding, pain, and perianal mass. Anal fissures, by themselves, do not lead to cancer, but if they are caused by some chronic process (anal intercourse), the epithelium react and can become cancer. ...Read more

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What is stage 1 rectal cancer treatment risk?

What is stage 1 rectal cancer treatment risk?

Can need colostomy.: Athis is where the cancer does not go past the muscle layer. Surgery can treat this but there are risks. Surgery can be through the abdomen with or without surgery on the anus. The first way might need a temporary or permanent colostomy, an opening for expulsion of waste. The other way requires a permanent colostomy. Surgery may be done that just involves the anus, but that risks recurrence. ...Read more

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Are colon cancer and rectal cancer the same thing?

Are colon cancer and rectal cancer the same thing?

Somewhat: Colon cancer and rectal caner are usually an adenocarcinoma. They are both located in the large intestine. The difference is that they are treated differently. Sometimes rectal cancer is first treated with radiation and chemotherapy before surgery. Colon cancer often does not use radiation therapy. Both cancers use surgery to remove the cancer. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for metastatic rectal cancer?

Chemo or Surgery: There are more options today. Rectal cancer metastatic to liver or lungs can be surgically removed if there are a limited number of tumors not affecting the liver or lung blood supply. Widespread rectal cancer is best treated with chemotherapy. In special circumstances, metastases can be treated with highly focused radiation or drugs can be injected into the tumor to shut down their blood supply. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Rectal Cancer (Definition)

Cancer by definition is the growth in size and number in an unregulated manner of a cell line that has developed a mutation. The mutation is passed through the offspring which accumulate more and more mutations. The defining factor is that the cells act immortal as compared to normal cells that have a programmed lifespan. In the rectum this can occur in the cells that ...Read more