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Doctor insights on: Rectal Cancer In Children

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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 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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Is rectal cancer hereditary?

Is rectal cancer hereditary?

Usually not: Most patients with rectal cancer have not inherited it. A small subset have genetic mutations that put them at risk. Probably around 5 % of rectal cancers are hereditary. ...Read more

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What is grade 1 rectal cancer?

What is grade 1 rectal cancer?

Grading: Grading depends on microscopic picture of cancer. Lower the grade like grade 1 better the prognosis. But grading is not the only thing determine prognosis. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Do a lot of people get rectal cancer?

Do a lot of people get rectal cancer?

Relatively, yes: Colon and rectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the United States. It is the 2nd leading cause of cancer related deaths. Estimates for 2012 are 103, 170 colon & 40, 290 rectal cancer. Overall there is a 1 in 20 lifetime risk of developing colon or rectal cancer. Rectal cancers alone are relatively common. In comparison, rectal cancer is as common as leukemia (44, 600). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of rectal cancer?

What are the symptoms of rectal cancer?

None or bleeding: Anywhere from nothing to bleeding, to pressure or a mass or lump. Don't wait for symptoms. Get checked. Symptoms are a late finding. ...Read more

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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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Can rectal cancer be treated surgically?

Can rectal cancer be treated surgically?

Yes: Rectal cancer, like any cancer needs - 1) diagnosis, 2) staging and prognosis, 3) treatment. Early rectal cancer may be treated by surgery alone. More often a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are required in a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. Metastatic rectal cancer may depend more heavily on chemotherapy. ...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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Can I get rectal cancer at the age of 20 years?

Can I get rectal cancer at the age of 20 years?

Unlikely: A few people have genetic disorders and may develop colon/rectal cancer at an early age, otherwise it is uncommon before the age of 40 or so. ...Read more

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What is the rate of survival for rectal cancer?

What is the rate of survival for rectal cancer?

Hard to be: Specific, and the answer excellent with treatment is likley not what you are looking for. Where it is towards bottom or higher influences procedure, penetration into wall, and involved nodes or not need to know to give more specific. I'd expect cure most of the time. ...Read more

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What puts you at risk for developing rectal cancer?

What puts you at risk for developing rectal cancer?

Several things: Family history of colon or rectal cancer is probably the biggest risk factor. A history of polyps also increases your risk.
There is some data that show that poor diet, smoking, and constipation may increase risk, but this is still arguable.
To decrease your risk, particularly if you have a family history, get screened regularly and follow up on any rectal bleeding. Don't ignore rectal bleeding. ...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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Do lots of people get rectal cancer, or is it unusual?

Yes: Colon rectal cancer is 2nd common cancer. So it is quite common in both men and women. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: rectal cancer?

What is the definition or description of: rectal cancer?

Unregulated growth: 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. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Diede
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Cancer In Children (Definition)

Children usually do not get the kinds of cancer that are common in older adults (lung, breast, colon), but there are certain kinds of cancer that are common in young children, including leukemias, ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Rectal Cancer (Definition)

Growth in size and number in an unregulated manner of a cell line that has developed a mutation, in this case it occurs in the cells that ...Read more