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Can fat hard stools + a mass for 1 year on sigmoid colon every morning be a sign of colon sigmoid cancer without having blood,fever,fatigue?

Can fat hard stools + a mass for 1 year on sigmoid colon every morning be a sign of colon sigmoid cancer without having blood,fever,fatigue?

What's the mass?: If you have a mass of any sort, your physician has a duty to tell you what it is. If the imaging specialist can't say for certain, a biopsy is in order. Please ask your physician for clarification. ...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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Sigmoid colon cancer removed surgically. After 10 days ultrasound impression is ' subacute small bowel intestinal obstruction and mild intraperitoneal free fluid collection. Is this common?

Sigmoid colon cancer removed surgically. After 10 days ultrasound impression is ' subacute small bowel intestinal obstruction and mild intraperitoneal free fluid collection. Is this common?

No, not common: Bowel obstruction can occur due to post op adhesions(uncommon) or tumor left behind(this will happen if the cancer was advanced/late stage. Your doctor will have to sort out which of these two possibilities apply to your case. ...Read more

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If a lower eus says T1 possibly T2 rectal sigmoid 80mm mass likely cancer?

If a lower eus says T1 possibly T2 rectal sigmoid 80mm mass likely cancer?

Highly likely: Given the size and the result being reported in T format. It is highly likely to be cancer however, biopsy should have been taken and radiology correlation is needed. Follow up with a surgeon for further options/recommendations ASAP. ...Read more

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Would you operate on a 85 yr man with chf ,for tumor w/cancer in sigmoid colon, 80 pd weight loss,bad ekg too,worried he won't make it, what chance?

Would you operate on a 85 yr man with chf ,for tumor w/cancer in sigmoid colon, 80 pd weight loss,bad ekg too,worried he won't make it, what chance?

Complicated Question: There's not enough space in this forum to answer a complex question like this. There are many nuances... how bad is the CHF? (ie, What is the NYHA Stage? What is the EF?) How large / problematic is the cancer? What type of cancer? (adenocarcinoma,? squamous?) What is the Grade and Stage of the cancer? (They're not the same thing). Hopefully a surgical oncologist is helping guide the pt. I feel 4u. ...Read more

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I had a polyp removed from my sigmoid at age 20 and it was benign. No direct family history of colon cancer. What tests should be done ongoing?

I had a polyp removed from my sigmoid at age 20 and it was benign.  No direct family history of colon cancer.  What tests should be done ongoing?

Typically: It depends on type of polyp found/ removed and why scoped. Consider full colonoscopy if there was one, there could be more. Typically a colonoscopy every 5 yrs is indicated with a family history of colon cancer or a personal hx of polyp or cancer (at a minimum). Consult a GI specialist for further management. ...Read more

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Can pain caused by colon cancer switch locations? For some time period its in the sigmoid, then in transverse, etc. (pain is felt only at one part)?

Can pain caused by colon cancer switch locations? For some time period its in the sigmoid, then in transverse, etc. (pain is felt only at one part)?

See below: It is highly unlikely that you have colon cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I had small multiple polyps in my sigmoid colon, and erosion seen at rectum, decending colon. Is there a highrisk for cancer, please help?

I had small multiple polyps in my sigmoid colon, and erosion seen at rectum, decending colon. Is there a highrisk for cancer, please help?

Depends: Risk can depend family history of polyps, cancer, number, size, and cell type of polyps, presence or absence of inflammatory bowel disease. If present, more frequent colonoscopies indicated. Low fat, hi fiber diet, containing low or no fat dairy, lots of fruit, vegs, legumes, whole grains may help. Supplements preventiodon't help as much. Talk to md ifif Aspirin or NSAID prevention is indicated 4u. ...Read more

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Had 4 CT scans spread over 3 years, diverticulosis dx, rigid sigmoid to 35 cm, no evidence of cancer, but sympotomatic 3 years, cancer??

Had 4 CT scans spread over 3 years, diverticulosis dx, rigid sigmoid to 35 cm, no evidence of cancer, but sympotomatic 3 years, cancer??

Unlikely to be Cancer: Cancer in the Colon is uncommon under 40 years of age. So you should not worry about it. You have already had too much done to you. CT scan is not a good test for Colon Cancer. So I would not have done it one time, yet you have had it 4 times! What symptoms do you have? We can help you to control your symptoms now that you have had all this testing. ...Read more

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10cm sigmoid tumor obstructing bowel, terminal colorectal cancer since 2010 extensive disease. Choice is stent or stoma please help not sure what to do?

10cm sigmoid tumor obstructing bowel, terminal colorectal cancer since 2010 extensive disease. Choice is stent or stoma please help not sure what to do?

Sorry : Sorry about the bad diagnosis. I would suggest that, at this point , if stent is possible go that route. A lot easier to recover from and ultimately, if disease is as bad as you say, it will be the same outcome. But don't have to recover from a big operation. ...Read more

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Other than blood in stool I have all the symptoms of colon c.Gastro is doing stool samples then a flexible sigmoid.How can this diagnosis cancer?Thank you.

Other than blood in stool I have all the symptoms of colon c.Gastro is doing stool samples then a flexible sigmoid.How can this diagnosis cancer?Thank you.

Not always : What gastro's do best is colonoscopy, especially at 54. There must be a reason why a flex sig is being done as opposed to colonoscopy in setting of "symptoms of colon cancer". Ask your gastro for clarification. ...Read more

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Lots of pain in the descending colon, splenic flexure, and sigmoid flexure. Bouts of diarrhoea, gas, it's been happening for 9 months now? Cancer?

Lots of pain in the descending colon, splenic flexure, and sigmoid flexure. Bouts of diarrhoea, gas, it's been happening for 9 months now? Cancer?

No : Twenties female w. 9 months crampy abdominal pain and gas unlikely to have cancer. She is candidate for diagnosis irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). In that imaging studies have been performed and apparently negative, she should have a consult with a gastoenterologist and obtain a trial of one of the medications helpful to control the symptoms of ibs. Medication side effects or lactose deficient? ...Read more

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What's the standard treatment of post op adhesions which causes obstruction in the small intestines after a sigmoid colon cancer surgery?

None: There is no rx for adhesions themselves. If they cause a bowel obstruction then that will be treated with a tube through the nose to decompress the bowel and no food for a few days. If that doesnt work then surgery may be required. ...Read more

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Can cancer be cured?

Complicated Answer: Cancer is just an umbrella where more than 100 different cancers fall under. Each is diagnosed and treated differently. Prognosis is dependent on type of cancer and in stage at time of diagnosis for other cancers. Some can be cured ei: testicular cancer others you can't ei: cll. ...Read more

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Can cancer be curred?

Can cancer be curred?

Many are cured: Over decades advancements in surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy have led to curing more patients. However the is by destroying already formed cancer. Some cancer there has been little progress while others have had leaps and bounds. The best policy is doing everything to prevent cancer or early detection. ...Read more

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How is cancer caused?

How is cancer caused?

Genetic mutations: All cancers result from the accumulation of genetic mutations. The genes have a natural tendency to mutate, making life as we know it possible, and there's background radiation and chemicals that are part of nature and inescapable. Specific cancers have various hereditary (inherit a bad gene) and environmental (mutagen) causes; anything can promote by making mutated cells divide. ...Read more

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