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Doctor insights on: Rectal Staph Infection And Colon Cancer

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Can a colon infection raise your risk of colon cancer?

Can a colon infection raise your risk of colon cancer?

Possibly.: There is a high prevalence of colon cancer in patients with streptococcus bovis bacteremia. Whether or not it causes colon cancer does not seem to be known. But patients with >10 year history of crohn's or ulcerative colitis, familial polposis symdromes, and a diet high in animal fat do have inccreased risk for colon cancer. ...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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I have. Staph infection. In my colon die to vicomyacin. Is it life threatening? Can u give me info about it please. Thank you anma

I have. Staph infection. In my colon die to vicomyacin. Is it life threatening? Can u give me info about it please. Thank you anma

Staph: Staph infections would not be due to vancomycin, they are treated with vancomycin (except for the very rare cases of vancomycin resistant staph aureus). We would need more information, but in general, a deep staph infection is considered life threatening and requires prompt treatment. ...Read more

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I had infection and abscesses in my colon they drained out the pus by needle then I did surgery and diagnosed colon cancer does it spread if it licks?

I had infection and abscesses in my colon they drained out the pus by needle then I did surgery and diagnosed colon cancer does it spread if it licks?

Not sure...: If I understand your question. Colon cancer perforated at age 29 would be extremely rare. Ask your surgeon if there were clear margins & enough lymph nodes removed (12 or more removed is best). Review your treatment options with a medical oncologist. Perforated colon cancers can have higher risk factors for recurrence. ...Read more

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Can a colon infection cause colon cancer?

Can a colon infection cause colon cancer?

Usually not: Infections can co-exist with, but not cause, colon cancer. Ulcerative colitis, which is not an infection but an inflammatory disease, is tied to increased chances of developing colon cancer. ...Read more

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Mestatic colon cancer pt - chest infection on X-ray shown but no fever What can b done?

Mestatic colon cancer pt - chest infection on X-ray shown but no fever What can b done?

Supportive care: Antibiotics, oxygen, iv fluids, bronchodilators, etc
really depends on pt. Wishes and overall clinical condition.
consideration should be given to resuscitation status as condition could worsen quickly ...Read more

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Can a person who just recovered from cancer and has a weak immune system also recover from staph infection?

Can a person who just recovered from cancer and has a weak immune system also recover from staph infection?

Of course: Cancer doesn't really weaken the immune system nearly so much as pop claims suggest. And today's antibiotics handle all but the very nastiest staph infections. Good luck. ...Read more

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On two occasions, I had smelly stools, bright red streaks in stools, and this time, rectal pain. Colon cancer??

On two occasions, I had smelly stools, bright red streaks in stools, and this time, rectal pain. Colon cancer??

Stool: Many things can cause it including hemorrhoids and IBS. Definitely check it out with a GI as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Which is the main symptom of rectal/colon cancer? Constipate or diarrhea? Or both? I got a constipation fir 4 months already but no diarrhea

Which is the main symptom of rectal/colon cancer? Constipate or diarrhea? Or both? I got a constipation fir 4 months already but no diarrhea

Either: Rectal and colon cancer could be very serious and should not been taking lightly
you are 25 years old chance of cancer very low but not zero
you simply have a bad constipation you should not let yourself go for four month without proper treatment
eat more healthy food less junk eat more fruits and fibers drink a lot of water and take stool softener if you need it
see your doctor if not better. ...Read more

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IFOBT test Dec 2014, no occult blood. April 2nd, 2015 minor rectal bleeding, stop 1 day after. April 17th, 2015 started again. I'm 22. Colon cancer?

IFOBT test Dec 2014, no occult blood. April 2nd, 2015 minor rectal bleeding, stop 1 day after. April 17th, 2015 started again. I'm 22. Colon cancer?

Possibly hemorrhoids: Most rectal bleed is usually from hemorrhoids, cancer is extremely rare especially at this age, but needs to be ruled out, therefore a specialist either general surgeon or gastroenterologist is necessary. ...Read more

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I don't drink alcohol at all and still have rectal bleeding, could I have colon cancer?

Maybe: Rectal bleeding is never normal. It always needs to be checked out by a physician. There are many causes of rectal bleeding. It could be something as simple as a hemorrhoid or something as serious as colon cancer. ...Read more

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How many are rectal/colon cancer survivors over 5 years?

How many are rectal/colon cancer survivors over 5 years?

It depends: There are many survivors. The rate varies by stage. Early stage patients have an excellent 5 year outcome. Even stage iii patients have a survival of 70-75% with proper treatment. ...Read more

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Can hemorrhoids lead to rectal or colon cancer?

Can hemorrhoids lead to rectal or colon cancer?

No: We all have hemorrhoids (pillars of vascular tissue in the lower rectum). Some of us have symptomatic hemorrhoids (bleeding, pain, or itching). On their own, symptomatic hemorrhoids will not lead to colon cancer. The low fiber Western diet can be associated with an increased risk of colon and rectal cancer. Best advice: eat a diet high in fiber and drink lots of water. ...Read more

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Do all colon cancer patients have rectal bleeding?

Do all colon cancer patients have rectal bleeding?

Not always.: Early in colon cancer, there are typically NO symptoms until the cancer tumor grows large enough that it begins to cause problems in the digestive tract. Small, asymptomatic cancers can be found by screening colonoscopy. Larger tumors may cause changes in bowel habits (diarrhea/constipation/change in consistency of stool), blood in stool, unexplained weight loss, weakness/fatigue, persistent pain ...Read more

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Green stools, little black dots in stool and also when I wipe. Scared this may be rectal/colon cancer at 18. What are the chances?

Green stools, little black dots in stool and also when I wipe. Scared this may be rectal/colon cancer at 18. What are the chances?

Unlikely to be signi: At your age and this is not likely to be colon cancer. It is likely some thing related to either your diet and/or some inflammatory disease of the bowel. Go see a gastroenterologist ...Read more

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Rectal bleeding. Thin stools. I'm 18 and have no cancer in my family! Is it safe to say that I DON'T have colon cancer given my age and family history?

Rectal bleeding. Thin stools. I'm 18 and have no cancer in my family! Is it safe to say that I DON'T have colon cancer given my age and family history?

Yes: It is unlikely that you have colon cancer but an evaluation is needed to see why you have rectal bleeding. You could have hemorrhoids or just be constipated. You should not have regular recital bleeding. ...Read more

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Which cancer is more dangerous: rectal or colon cancer?

Which cancer is more dangerous: rectal or colon cancer?

The higher stage: The one with the higher stage would be more dangerous. ...Read more

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Can the rectal exam find colon cancer?

Can the rectal exam find colon cancer?

Only: ..If it is low in the rectum and palpable to the finger. Also, if it's causing bleeding, the doctor may do an occult blood test during the rectal exam which if positive, may lead to the discovery of cancer later. Not a great screening test, though. ...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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I'm 19 and they found 2 inflammatory polyps, . 59 cm hyperplastic polyp, and rectal juvenile polyp in my colon. What's the risk of future colon cancer?

Genetics consult: 19 yo woman PMH sig for iron deficiency anemia with colonic polyps found on virtual colonoscopy. You need a referral for a standard colonoscopy where the polyps will be removed and examined pathologically. With your history, you may have Inflammatory Bowel Disease and or some type of familial polyposis which may give you a higher risk in future but your expert GI doc will always watch out for you ...Read more

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Has rectal bleeding when she is constipated. Can this be a sign of colon cancer?

Eval: Possible causes include: fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, cancer, infections or inflammation. Although rough, dry stool could lead to hemorrhoids or bleeding - you can not just assume that is the reason for bleeding. Get evaluated if more than a one time occurence. ...Read more

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Do all rectal/colon cancer have bloody or black stool?

Do all rectal/colon cancer have bloody or black stool?

No. Microscopic poss: Not all colon cancers cause changes to stool that u can see w/ your eye. Some polyps (pre-cancerous lesions) cause MICROscopic blood in the stool that only sensitive lab tests can pick up. Bright red stool is thought 2 b from rectum, maroon red stool from intestine, & dark / black stool (melena) from stomach; however, it depends on how brisk bleeding is. Slow bleeds may not discolor stool at all. ...Read more

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What can a doctor's rectal exam tell me about my risk for colon cancer?

What can a doctor's rectal exam tell me about my risk for colon cancer?

Screening tool: On rare occasion a low lying rectal cancer can be detected on the exam by feeling it. Most often stool is sampled and analyzed for traces of blood. If blood is found then the doctor can check for hemorrhoids and may recommend a colonoscopy to find out if there is a specific cause such as a polyp or a cancer or diverticulosis. ...Read more

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If someone had colon cancer a year ago how often should he get a colonoscopy and do all colon and rectal cancers starts from a polyp?

If someone had colon cancer a year ago how often should he get a colonoscopy and do all colon and rectal cancers starts from a polyp?

It depends, and yes: If the colon cancer was small, repeat colonoscopy should be done every year. If it was big or obstructed the colon, repeat colonoscopy might be necessary in 3 or 6 months. Ask your oncologist. And yes, all colon carcinomas are believed to start as polyps. ...Read more

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Had rectal bleeding for a few weeks 2.5 years ago. No bleeding since. Dr said it was likely fissure that healed. Would colon cancer continue to bleed?

Had rectal bleeding for a few weeks 2.5 years ago. No bleeding since. Dr said it was likely fissure that healed. Would colon cancer continue to bleed?

Rectal bleeding: If your rectal bleeding has come back, then okay to get in to your doc for evaluation. More likely this is a hemorrhoid or recurrent fissure. Cancer in your age group is very low incidence. However, an exam under anesthesia will lead to a diagnosis, and treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the sign and symptoms of rectal/colon cancer? Can it be easily treated? And also my stool color is sometimes black, dark brown, green ormixed

Varies: Signs and symptoms of colon cancer vary tremendously, certainly would be extremely rare in a 19 year old. Abdominal pain, change in bowel movements, unexplained weight loss, abdominal fullness, nausea are among the more common presenting symptoms. I would not hesitate to be seen and discuss directly with a doctor. ...Read more

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24 yr old bright red rectal bleeding for a few weeks almost 3 years ago. No bleeding or symptoms since. Dr said ok. Would colon cancer continue to bleed?

24 yr old bright red rectal bleeding for a few weeks almost 3 years ago. No bleeding or symptoms since. Dr said ok. Would colon cancer continue to bleed?

No Rules: Unlikely that after all this time, there would be a cancer not causing symptoms. However, cancer does not follow rules.
If there was bleeding, some evaluation should have been done, and maybe still should. ...Read more

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Would colon cancer or rectal cancer show up on an abdominal CAT scan?

Would colon cancer or rectal cancer show up on an abdominal CAT scan?

Potentially: It could show up on CT if large enough, but small tumors may not be visualized. ...Read more

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Does a little bit of bloody mucus mean rectal or colon cancer?

Does a little bit of bloody mucus mean rectal or colon cancer?

Blood needs check-up: Bleeding from the GI tract (whether identified via mouth or rectum, whether visible in stool or found on fecal occult blood test) is never normal. Even "a little bit" of bleeding deserves evaluation to identify source. For most patients, however bleeding as you describe does not mean cancer, but rather inflammation, broken blood vessels, diverticulosis, infection, ischemia, fissures, hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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How is a digital rectal exam done to detect colon cancer?

How is a digital rectal exam done to detect colon cancer?

May not: A digital rectal examination can only test as far a finger will go into the rectum. A finger inserted through the anus cannot reach colon, therefore a digital rectal examination cannot detect colon cancer. However, rectum is part of the colon and a common site for cancer and a digital rectal exam is useful. Colonoscopy remains the gold standard for detecting colon cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

This is an infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus - and it often is quite dangerous because the organism, the 'germ' has alot of virulence to it... it's very nasty in other words. You can see an ID doc to find out more about Staph infections, since they are experts in diagnosing and treating ...Read more


Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more