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Been having thin/narrow stools.Clear rectal exam by gp/no blood in stool.Should i fear colon cancer?I'm 39 &had adenocarcinoma insitu of cervix 4yrago

Been having thin/narrow stools.Clear rectal exam by gp/no blood in stool.Should i fear colon cancer?I'm 39 &had adenocarcinoma insitu of cervix 4yrago

Possible lesion: In situ adeno unrelated unless some for of radiation employed that could narrow distal bowel. Narrowing of stool suggests that there is some constriction of bowel causing a narrowing of the lumen and thus the stool. Blood does not have to be present but relying on a gp rectal not satisfactory. Sigmoidoscopy at a minimum and colonoscopy more accepted for this problem. ...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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Are anal cancer and colon cancer the same?

Are anal cancer and colon cancer the same?

No: Colon cancer is generally an adenocarcinoma of the lining of the large intestine, usually treated with surgery and sometimes chemotherapy. Anal cancers can be different types (squamous, etc.), treated differently, often without surgery and using chemotherapy and radiation therapy instead. ...Read more

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Mom=cancer mets in lungs and liver. Prim tumor squamous cell in sm bowel. Chemo july to dec. Starting chemo again this week- can tocotrienals help?

Mom=cancer mets in lungs and liver. Prim tumor squamous cell in sm bowel.  Chemo july to dec. Starting chemo again this week- can tocotrienals help?

Tocotrienols and CA: Tocotrienols are vitamin-e related chemicals called tocopherols and, as such, are powerful antioxidants which are known to have a wide variety of salubrious effects on blood vessel and skin integrity, and have been shown in many studies to have some positive effects on some cancers, although i cannot find any literature related to colon cancer. Check with her md about taking these with her meds. ...Read more

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Is liver resection possible for brother w/stage 4 colon cancer mest to liver w/lots of tumor.

Is liver resection possible for brother w/stage 4 colon cancer mest to liver w/lots of tumor.

Possibly: Removal of liver metastases can sometimes be helpful for patients with colon cancer. A remarkable amount of cancer can be removed usually after there has been some response to chemotherapy. If surgery is not recommended alternatives such as radioembolization, chemoembolization, radiosurgery, or rfa or cryoablation may be considered. Get with an experienced team to determine the best course! ...Read more

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Colon cancer stage 2, pt 65y/o. Had 1 + mass, multiple benign polops. All of the colon was removed. Is chemo recommended? No matastatas noted.

Colon cancer stage 2, pt 65y/o. Had 1 + mass, multiple benign polops. All of the colon was removed. Is chemo recommended? No matastatas noted.

No chemo needed: There is no evidence that chemotherapy benefits patients with stage 2 colon cancer. It is often given, however. There might be a reason to give it if the cancer was obstructing or perforated as that can worsen the likelihood for cure with surgical resection alone. ...Read more

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Grandfather had colon cancer at 87, uncle had noncancerous polyps at 48. Mother has no polyps. Likely a colon cancer gene?

Grandfather had colon cancer at 87, uncle had noncancerous polyps at 48. Mother has no polyps. Likely a colon cancer gene?

Likely Not: You have to have three or more family members with a confirmed diagnosis of colorectal cancer, one of whom should be a first degree (parent, child, sibling) relative. ...Read more

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Is the kras gene behind pancreatic cancer & mucinous borderline malignant tumors? My aunt died from pancreatic this yr & i had the mucus tumor-*stg 1a

Is the kras gene behind pancreatic cancer & mucinous borderline malignant tumors? My aunt died from pancreatic this yr & i had the mucus tumor-*stg 1a

Two different types: Your aunt had the garden variety pancreatic cancer, your own tumor was different and it has a much better prognosis than your aunt's cancer. Ras gene is often mutated in pancreatic cancer but, as of now, it has no impact on diagnosis or on treatment of pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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What is msi test in colon cancer?

What is msi  test in colon cancer?

Screening tool: Msi test has a few uses in colorectal cancer screening and surveillance. While only 15 percent of colorectal cancers are msi positive, as many as 90 percent of patients with lynch syndrome (specific genetic etiology for colorectal cancer) have a positive msi test. The test may also be helpful in determining those patients with stage ii or iii cancer who may benefit from chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What stage of colon cancer is polyp?

What stage of colon cancer is polyp?

Pre-cancerous: Polyp only means a grape like structure protruding into the lumen of an organ. Some cancers appear polypoid. Histologically confirmed benign polyp, by a pathologist, is a pre-cancerous lesion. ...Read more

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New3mm sessile/transverse;no path yet;1hyperplastic18yrs ago;biological mother-colorectal ca in50s;family w/lung&other CAs;I had breast ca;test4Lynch?

New3mm sessile/transverse;no path yet;1hyperplastic18yrs ago;biological mother-colorectal ca in50s;family w/lung&other CAs;I had breast ca;test4Lynch?

Genetic testing: Although there are some genetic diseases that increase the risk of both breast and colon cancer your history and family history do not seem to indicate that spectrum. A hyperplastic polyp is completely benign and does not even change the screening protocols for colon cancer screening. I would wait for the pathology to discuss the results and determine your best screening methods. ...Read more

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My 63 yr old mom w/ colon cancer, stge 4, is on folfox. Multiple chemo's have failed to shrink or slow down the cancer. Is folfox better/any other?

My 63 yr old mom w/ colon cancer, stge 4, is on folfox.  Multiple chemo's have failed to shrink or slow down the cancer.  Is folfox better/any other?

Avastin (bevacizumab): Folfox or folfiri seem to be the best agents for advance colorectal cancer. In some patients the addition of Avastin (bevacizumab) can be added in some patients. I would expect her oncologist has discussed these options. ...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've had a negative colonoscopy and prostate/rectal sonogram, do they both detect anal cancer? Is anal cancer common?

I've had a negative colonoscopy and prostate/rectal sonogram, do they both detect anal cancer? Is anal cancer common?

Anal cancer: can be detected by direct rectal exam or anoscopy, without colonoscopy. Trananal prostate ultrasound does not detect anal cancer. Anal cancer is less common than colorectal cancer. If digital exam and colonoscopy are both negative, it is unlikely that you have anal cancer. ...Read more

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Mom died of colon cancer, all 4 of dad's sis had breast cancer or precancer. 1 of the sis tested negative for cancer gene. Do I have elevated risk?

Mom died of colon cancer, all 4 of dad's sis had breast cancer or precancer. 1 of the sis tested negative for cancer gene. Do I have elevated risk?

Yes, you do: First, i'm sorry to hear about your mom. That's so hard. And it's hard to worry about your own risk. You do have a higher risk of cancer, and it is probably not due to the breast/ovarian cancer gene (brca). Lynch syndrome is more likely. I can't tell you your exact risk because that depends on the age of your mom and your aunts when they were diagnosed. Tell every doctor this history from now on! ...Read more

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Colon:multi foci adenocarcinoma in situ &tubulovillous adenoma.Doctor suggest colonscopy to remove adenoma but another suggested surgery.Which better?

Colon:multi foci adenocarcinoma in situ &tubulovillous adenoma.Doctor suggest colonscopy to remove adenoma but another suggested surgery.Which better?

Depends: The 2 important factors to consider are the size of the polyp ; your health status. If the polyp is small and your health is not good, colonoscopic removal may be your best bet. If the polyp is very large ; your are in good health, surgery may be the wiser option. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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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


Dr. Gary Sandler
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more