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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Rectal Cancer (Overview)

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 line the mucosal surface.


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How does rectal cancer affect the body?

How does rectal cancer affect the body?

Depends: Early on there may be no effect. As the disease progresses undiagnosed, you may develop a change in bowels, blood in stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy, loss of stamina, bowel obstruction, shortness of breath, anemia, early diagnosis in high risk patients or regular colonoscopies is the best way to avoid all of the above. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
171 doctors shared insights

Rectal Cancer (Overview)

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 line the mucosal surface.


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What are symptoms of rectal cancer?

What are symptoms of rectal cancer?

Bleeding,: Theso first sign of rectal ca is bleeding as solid feca; , material passes. As lesion gets larger increasing constipation and then pain noted. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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What are some signs of rectal cancer?

What are some signs of rectal cancer?

Bleeding and others: Rectal bleeding, weight loss, change in bowel habits, and anemia are the most common. Unfortunatley many are asymptomatic until the tumor is large. ...Read more

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Can rectal cancer be cured?

Can rectal cancer be cured?

Yes, if early enuf: Like other cancers, rectal cancer has better prognosis (outlook) if diagnosed and treated at an earlier, rather than later stage. Very early cancers can be cured with burning the tissue. More advanced will likely need radiation/chemo/surgery in varying combinations and timing. Can be cured, but unfortunately, not always. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
Once
If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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How do you diagnose rectal cancer?

How do you diagnose rectal cancer?

Colonoscopy: An endoscopic procedure such as proctoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is usually necessary to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does fissure and rectal cancer have similar symptoms? My dad is having fissure & i wanted to know the difference between the symptoms of both of these

Does fissure and rectal cancer have similar symptoms?
My dad is having fissure & i wanted to know the difference between the symptoms of both of these

Similar Symptoms: Both the fissure and rectal cancer are in the rectum and can cause pain, bleeding, frequent bowel movements. Since the symptoms can be similar, a person needs to have a colonoscopy to visualize the area and the fissure looks like a tear in the lining of the rectum and the other is a mass that looks abnormal and needs a biopsy. ...Read more

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Does stage 3 rectal cancer cause serious longterm effects on continence?

Does stage 3 rectal cancer cause serious longterm effects on continence?

Depends: On how low in the rectum the cancer is and what modes of treatment are proposed or undertaken. If it is low it may indeed affect continence and a permanent colostomy may be indicated. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
4,214 doctors shared insights

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