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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

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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My mother is a colon cancer patient she s had two operations to remove two tumors in her small bowel over the last four years this morning she had ano?

My mother is a colon cancer patient she s had two operations to remove two tumors in her small bowel over the last four years this morning she had ano?

QUESTION UNCLEAR?: Sorry not sure of question. Your mother should keep in touch with her treatment team. Have regular follow up. ...Read more

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Family history of colon cancer have had two small bowel movements while sleeping what could be causing this?

Family history of colon cancer have had two small bowel movements while sleeping what could be causing this?

Incontinence: Bowel incontinence is not a specific sign of cancer. Needs a physical exinatuon with a doctor. Weakened sphincter muscles can come from trauma or prior pregnancy with episiotomy. Also could be rectocele & could also consider seeing a gynecologist for an examination. ...Read more

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Everytime I eat I have a bowel movement after, even small meals. The stools are watery. I also lot of gas. Should I be concerned for colon Cancer?

Everytime I eat I have a bowel movement after, even small meals. The stools are watery. I also lot of gas. Should I be concerned for colon Cancer?

Watery stools: It could be inflammatory bowel disease or some kind of infection etc. Usually colon mass (cancer) causes obstruction. Please see your gastroenterologist to make a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Bowel issues for 5 days. Urge to go, then gas happens with a few squirts of yellowish brown diareah. Mucousy look wiping. Sound like colon cancer?

Bowel issues for 5 days. Urge to go, then gas happens with a few squirts of yellowish brown diareah. Mucousy look wiping. Sound like colon cancer?

Likely infection: Presence of this type of diarrhea reminiscent of c.difficile infection. The normal microbiome of the colon protects against many forms of inflammation by inducing Fox P3 regulatory cells than minimize inflammation and prevents various forms and degrees of colitis from appearing. Should such inflammation appear mucousy yellowish diarrhea can be seen. Colonoscopy if not performed may be indicated ...Read more

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Everytime I use the restroom I have a bowel movement after. It's mixed with stools & liquid. I also lot of gas Should I be concerned for colon Cancer?

Everytime I use the restroom I have a bowel movement after. It's mixed with stools & liquid. I also lot of gas Should I be concerned for colon Cancer?

Not cancer!: What do you mean about mixed with stool and water. Is the water loose stool or urine. And the urine is it coming out from the rectum or it coming out as usual from urethra and get mixed with the stool. Your concern is that every time you are going to the bathroom to pee you end up having a bowel movement? .I am not really sure what is your concern. Either way cancer is not a problem ...Read more

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I'm 23 yr old having stomach pain, gas, inflammation, and bowel problems. My grandmother had colon cancer. Can I test for cancer this early?

I'm 23 yr old having stomach pain, gas, inflammation, and bowel problems. My grandmother had colon cancer. Can I test for cancer this early?

Probably not...: At 23, you should pay attention to what and how to eat a healthy foods such as those with less sugar, fat, and salt, with more vegetables and fruits, with less junky foods, with more nuts, beans, etc. Besides more exercise, better sleep, and no overindulgence and obsession for everything we do in life, will help live a long happy life. As to concern for family history of colon cancer, ask doctor. ...Read more

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Yest. I moved my bowels it was really hard. Today when I relieved gas saw blood in tp. 42 no Hist of Colon Cancer. Just because of stool hard?

Yest. I moved my bowels it was really hard. Today when I relieved gas saw blood in tp. 42 no Hist of Colon Cancer. Just because of stool hard?

See your MD: 42 year old gentleman with blood in his stool.
You need to see your MD for a full evaluation. It is never normal to see blood in your stool. Good luck. ...Read more

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From a 2 months lots of gas smells awful diarrhea stomach or colon cramp my abdomen becom fatty I was 74 now am 80 in 2 month is it colon cancer

From a 2 months lots of gas smells awful diarrhea stomach or colon cramp my abdomen becom fatty I was 74 now am 80 in 2 month is it colon cancer

Cancer unlikely: Irritable bowel more likely. FODMAPs in diet a likely culprit. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- Monosaccharides and PolyAlcohols. Read more about FODMAPs and IBS here: http://www. Ibsdiets. Org/fodmap-diet/fodmap-food-list/ Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Alternating bowel movements of green stools with some black dots of constipation ad diarrhea, bloated, small poop comes outs18 years old colon cancer?

Alternating bowel movements of green stools with some black dots of constipation ad diarrhea, bloated, small poop comes outs18 years old colon cancer?

Diet: The appearance of feces varies according to diet, your level of hydration, your gut's microbial flora, medications, and your bodies own makeup. Colin cancer is rare in an 18 year old. It may cause blood to appear in the stool but often just small amounts that is not visible, and requires a chemical test. Cancer does not typically cause diarrhea except for a rare form called villous adenoma. ...Read more

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A 17 year olds sysmptoms :change in bowel movement constipation narrow stools small black dots in stool tight abdomen mild stomach pain colon cancer?

A 17 year olds sysmptoms :change in bowel movement constipation narrow stools small black dots in stool tight abdomen mild stomach pain colon cancer?

Needs eval: This isn't a usual presentation for colon cancer, since it's usually without symptoms, and doesn't happen to 17 year olds very often. There are a lot of colon conditions that need to be considered by a doctor in person to figure this one out which i'd suggest you get done early next week. ...Read more

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My colon cancer spread to small intestine help, what treatments are available?

My colon cancer spread to small intestine help, what treatments are available?

Surgery, if possible: If surgical resection is possible, proceed after a pet/ct scan to evaluate all possible sites of recurrence. Chemo +/- radiation might also might appropriate depending upon the site and extensiveness of disease. ...Read more

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Colon cancer spread to small intestine, what do you suggest?

Colon cancer spread to small intestine, what do you suggest?

Depends: Did it grow directly into the small bowel or spread as a metastasis? In one or in many places? Was it just diagnosed or is it a late recurrence? Any previous chemo? What's the patient's general health? The patient's oncologist should be able to weigh all the options and come up with a treatment plan. If this is about you, best wishes. ...Read more

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Colon cancer spread to small intestine, what are the most aggressive options when this happens?

Discuss with onc: You should discuss with your oncologist. Additional information is needed- i.e. presence of lymph nodes and other distance organ/s involvement. Where is the location of the colon cancer and what part of the small intestine involved? Important to get the right staging and check the biology of the cancer to guide treatment. If able to get surgery- most aggressive would be surgery then chemo/ ...Read more

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My mum has had colon cancer and my grandma (mums mum) had small intestine cancer. Are there steps I can take to prevent cancer myself?

My mum has had colon cancer and my grandma (mums mum) had small intestine cancer. Are there steps I can take to prevent cancer myself?

Heritable cancer: First it might be good to know which type of cancers they had-- i.e. if they truly were inherited by known pathways (polyposis, Lynch syndrome, etc.) Prevention would include healthy diet (high fiber, no nitrites, no alcohol, etc.) and appropriate screening at a possibly earlier age. Consulting with a pathologist/gastroenterologist or geneticist about the cancer pattern and path may be useful. ...Read more

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Persistent pain in abdomen for 6 month, around transverse colon and small intestine, worried could it be colon cancer?, r there other reasons for pain?

Persistent pain in abdomen for 6 month, around transverse colon and small intestine, worried could it be colon cancer?, r there other reasons for pain?

Colon cancer...: ...Seldom causes pain, ; would be unusual for an otherwise low risk gentleman in his 20's. There are lots of reasons for abdominal pain (see the many healthtap answers on the subject). However, the information you provided is insufficient to render a differential since we don't know the quality, timing, duration, severity of your symptoms, associations, nor the results of testing. Help us out--. ...Read more

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I am scared that I may have colon cancer or some type of bowel cancer. What do you recommend?

I am scared that I may have colon cancer or some type of bowel cancer. What do you recommend?

Some tests: You don't mention symptoms, but a good start would be a test for occult blood and a cytology exam of the stool. These are very simple tests and are done on an out-patient basis.
This may lead to further testing/scans.
Seek an exam/consultation with a qualified professional to begin the process. ...Read more

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Is inflammatory bowel disease a cause of colon cancer?

Is inflammatory bowel disease a cause of colon cancer?

Risk Factor For: Depending on the extent of disease, after 10 -15 years of either ulcerative colitis or crohn's (newer data also links crohn's) - they are considered risk factors for disease.

Individuals with long standing ibd are at increased risk for colon cancer and other illnesses. ...Read more

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Is constipation a sign of colon cancer? How does it cause this? Due to a bowel obstruction?

Is constipation a sign of colon cancer? How does it cause this? Due to a bowel obstruction?

Not necessarily: Constipation is not necessarily a sign of colon cancer. Constipation is usually caused by problems with diet - not enough fiber, not enough fresh fruits/ veggies, not drinking enough water, etc. It can also be caused by low activity level. Some patients have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) which can cause recurrent constipation. If the constipation is new with none of the above changes, see doc ...Read more

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Are irregular bowel movements a sign of colon cancer?

Are irregular bowel movements a sign of colon cancer?

Possibly: There are many causes or irregular bowels. Dietary fiber, water being the most common. However, irregular
ar bowels can be caused by inflammatory, infectios, or neoplastic causes (cancer). If it persists, see a colon and rectal surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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Blood everytime I have bowel movement. Could this be colon cancer?

Blood everytime I have bowel movement. Could this be colon cancer?

It depends: If blood in the stool is red, it may be from a hemorrhoid. This needs to be evaluated and treated, but is fairly common.
If the blood or stool is darker (black) and has a 'tar-like' appearance, it is more indicative of a bleed in the upper areas of the GI tract. This is more significant and needs more prompt evaluation and treatment.
Seek evaluation by a qualified professional asap to differentiat. ...Read more

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How effective is a bowel resection for treating colon cancer?

How effective is a bowel resection for treating colon cancer?

Best treatment: All primary colon tumors must be resected. If localized, cure is very high. If mets already present it is still essential to remove primary since latter is polyclonal while mets to liver or lung are monoclonal and won't spread. If primary left to treat mets then new clones develop in primary and will continue spreading to new sites. Always resect the primary colon tumor with margins. ...Read more

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After having surgery for colon cancer, how do I best handle short bowel syndrome symptoms?

After having surgery for colon cancer, how do I best handle short bowel syndrome symptoms?

Please clarify: Short bowel syndrome results from removal of a significant portion of the small intestine, which is responsible for nutrient absorption. Symptoms include diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss. The colon is responsible for water absorption, therefore, removal of a large portion of the colon may increase the frequency of bowel movements, but will not cause profound nutritional deficiencies. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome cause colon cancer?

Depends: Except many of the symptoms of IBS could actually be indicative of a colon cancer and many dietary irregularities associated with IBS can themselves increase your risk for colon cacner development. Ibs should be a diagnosis of excluding more serious diagnoses. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer associated with irritable bowel syndrome?

No: But they may have similar symptoms so never assume it is ibs. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more