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Rectal cancer symptoms only 18. Was a bump near, not on anus now gone?

Rectal cancer symptoms only 18. Was a bump near, not on anus now gone?

Rectal bump: A perianal bump in as young person is hard to determine, particularly since it has self resolved.
Could you have had a boil?
Was it a blister?
Young person, if you are not bleeding, no pain, bump is resolved, healthy.
Ia will not worry.
Should it recur please see your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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My husband had colon rectal cancer and had a colostomy now he is going to get it reversed I guess I need to know how hard the surgery will be on him he has gone through so much and now its all fixing to be over please help?

My husband had colon rectal cancer and had a colostomy now he is going to get it reversed I guess I need to know how hard the surgery will be on him he has gone through so much and now its all fixing to be over please help?

Talk to your surgeon: Colostomy reversal may be very simple (if it was an ileostomy)or very complex — if a "stump" in the pelvis and needs extensive internal work for reconnection. I have done ileostomy reversals in an hour or so but have spent more than 5hrs. For some complicated pelvic reversals. Postoperative bowel function depends on where the colon was removed, history of radiation, etc. Ask the one who knows best. ...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 the above. ...Read more

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Is it common for people with rectal cancer to die quickc?

Is it common for people with rectal cancer to die quickc?

Rectal Ca: May rarely progress and cause death quickly, but it usually presents in a highly treatable form (bleeding draws attention), therapy depends on in closeness to anal/spincter muscles, invasion into/thru bowel wall, and nodes. Even with liver and lung metastasis, life can usuallybe prlonged. So quick death would be an exception and unusual. ...Read more

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Is stage 1 rectal cancer very serious?

Is stage 1 rectal cancer very serious?

It can be..: This is where the cancer does not go past the muscle layer. Surgery can cure 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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What is stage 3 rectal cancer recovery?

Lymph node disease: Stage 3 rectal cancer describes cancer that has spread to lymph nodes. Stage 3 rectal cancer is treated with surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotehrpay. The order of these treatments mary vary somewhat. Recovery from surgery generally takes about 4 weeks. The course of chemotherapy and radiation is usually 6 months. ...Read more

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Can mold lead to rectal cancer?

Can mold lead to rectal cancer?

No, not rectal type: Mycotoxins (the toxic chemicals made by some molds or fungi) can be harmful to humans and animals. Aflatoxin is a well-known mycotoxin that can be found in cereals, spices, tree nuts, and animal feeds, so foods are screened to check for contamination with aflatoxin. The aflatoxin can cause liver disease and liver cancer. Mold is not known to cause rectal cancer. ...Read more

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Can a piles turn to rectal cancer?

Can a piles turn to rectal cancer?

Great question, no: Piles, or hemorrhoids, are a normal part of our anatomy. They do not turn into cancer. But what we see too often is patients assuming that rectal bleeding, pain, etc is due to hemorrhoids and not get seen. In other words, the symptoms of piles can be the same as rectal cancer. Even though it's uncomfortable and embarrassing people with these symptoms should get examined ...Read more

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How treatable/curable is rectal cancer?

How treatable/curable is rectal cancer?

Very: It depends upon the stage at refine of diagnosis, but most rectal cancers can be successfully treated. Some can be treated with surgery alone, but some require radiation and chemotherapy as well. The anys can be preserved (colostomy avoided) in most cases. ...Read more

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How does surgery for stage 1 rectal cancer work?

How does surgery for stage 1 rectal cancer work?

Through abdomen/anus: This is where the cancer does not go past the muscle layer. Surgery can cure 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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Is there a medical cure for stage 1 rectal cancer?

Surgical resection..: This is where the cancer does not go past the muscle layer. Surgery can cure 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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What are your first symptoms of colon/rectal cancer?

What are your first symptoms of colon/rectal cancer?

None: Don't rely on symptoms. Colonoscopy is what to do. Bleeding is a common symptom, but it could be too late. Other could be pain, a mass, cosntipation, weight loss. None of them are specific for colon cancer. Don't wait for symptoms. The screening power of colonoscopy to prevent colon cancer is excellent. Get your colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Anyone have rectal cancer removed without a colostomy?

Anyone have rectal cancer removed without a colostomy?

Sometimes: It depends on exactly where the cancer is located, and you need a surgeon experienced in this technique. ...Read more

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What would be the first symptoms of colon or rectal cancer?

What would be the first symptoms of colon or rectal cancer?

No symptoms: Unfortunately early colon and rectal cancer will present with no symptoms. This is why it is important to be screened at an appropriate e age. This typically begins at 50 yrs for normal risk individuals. Rectal bleeding can be a sign which is why this should be evaluated by your doctor if present. ...Read more

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How does surgery affect people who have stage 3 rectal cancer?

How does surgery affect people who have stage 3 rectal cancer?

Depends: On where in the rectum the tumor is and what specific surgery is performed, I need more information to adequately answer this question. ...Read more

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Is colo-rectal cancer caused by generic defect leading to polyps?

Is colo-rectal cancer caused by generic defect leading to polyps?

Can be: A genetic disorder, adenomatous polyposis coli (apc) is an inherited abnormality and people who inherit it, develop multiple polyps in colon and almost invariably develop colon cancer. Only a very small proportion of the colon cancers are due to apc gene. ...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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What CEA value conisdered a risk of rectal cancer stage 1 recurr. Preoper the value is 2.2 and since two years its arround .7?

What CEA value conisdered a risk of rectal cancer stage 1 recurr. Preoper the value is 2.2 and since two years its arround .7?

Be careful..: Do not put too much value on a blood test by itself. CEA of 3 or less is considered "normal". Smokers have higher CEAs; up to 5, maybe 10. Anything higher than that is suspicious but by no means diagnostic of recurrence. So called "tumor markers" sometimes go up in non-malignant diseases or even for no detectable reason at all. Scans and sometimes biopsies are needed to confirm cancer. Best 2U! ...Read more

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What does slight increase from .7 to 1 CEA level indicates after resecting rectal cancer stage 1 two years back. The preope value 2.2?

What does slight increase from .7 to 1 CEA level indicates after resecting rectal cancer stage 1 two years back.  The preope value 2.2?

It is normal: Your CEA is normal, so why bother checking it. I would advise not to check it unless there is clear cut indication. It can only cause you more anxiety and little benefit! ...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 are a mass that looks abnormal and needs a biopsy. ...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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Should women be concerned about colon and rectal cancer?

Should women be concerned about colon and rectal cancer?

Yes: Women over 50, those with a family history of colon-rectal cancer, those with inflamatory bowel disease (crohns, ulcerative colitis), and a history of colon polyps have a higher than avetage risk and need to be screened more aggressively. ...Read more

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When should you be concerned about colon and rectal cancer?

Age 50: The incidence of colorectal cancer goes up after age 50 which is why routine colonoscopy is recommended to begin at that age. The exception would be if you have a strong family history of colon cancer. In that circumstance your physician might decide to begin screening at an earlier age. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the signs/symptoms of lower bowel/rectal cancer?

I was wondering what are the signs/symptoms of lower bowel/rectal cancer?

See below: Often there are no symptoms in early stages. Signs and symptoms include bleeding, change in bowel habits, occult blood in stool, abdominal pain, intestinal obstruction, anemia and if metastases develop, jaundice and abdominal swelling. See this site for more info.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rectal-cancer/basics/definition/con-20036554. ...Read more

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Complications and treatment for T4 rectal cancer?

Complications and treatment for T4 rectal cancer?

Complex: T4, or locally advanced rectal cancer, is usually treated by a combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and major surgery. Depending on the location of the tumor, it may include removal of the entire rectum and anus, with a permanent colostomy. ...Read more

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What are the signs of progression for liver cancer and rectal cancer?

Assume you mean: Colorectal cancer metastatic to liver? A common progression pattern for those that fail. Most are assymptomatic detected by imaging, but progression can lead to liver failure, jaundice and ascites. Some limited metastasis can be treated surgically, with intra-arteial therapy with chemo or radioactive beads. Liver failure can lead to coma and GI bleeding du to varices as well. ...Read more

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What is biological therapy in treating colon-rectal cancer?

What is biological therapy in treating colon-rectal cancer?

Monoclonals: You are probably referring to monoclonal antibodies. These are complex molecules that have been engineered to interact with a specific phase in the cancer cell's biologic pathway. In other words, cancer cells frequently have mutations that are not present in normal cells. If we can block that pathway, then the cancer cell stops growing and dies. Expensive but fewer side effects. ...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