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Which stage of colon cancer involves blood in the stool?

Which stage of colon cancer involves blood in the stool?

Bleeding is not: One of staging criteria for colon cancer. Blood in stool is a relatively advanced sign of colon cancer, as is pain. You need a colonoscopy for early diagnosis of colon cancer. ...Read more

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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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What are the odds of dying from breast cancer?

What are the odds of dying from breast cancer?

Variable: 5-year breast cancer survival rates are dependent upon the cancer stage, varying from almost 100% for DCIS (stage 0) to less than 20% for metastatic disease (stage 4). Furthermore, cancer survival is dependent upon the response to chemotherapy. Of note, breast cancer survival has increased over the past decade in the US. ...Read more

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Risk of dying from bladder cancer?

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Risk of dying from bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer: Risk of dying from bladder cancer is 1 to 116 in men and 1 to 294 in women. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/lifetime-probability-of-developing-or-dying-from-cancer. ...Read more

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What is the process of dying of liver cirrhosis?

What is the process of dying of liver cirrhosis?

Unfortunately ...: This is a slow gradual process. The liver functions similar to a municipal waste water treatment plant. When it no longer works, toxins and waste products build up and poison the body from the inside. It is essential that you avoid putting anything unhealthy into your body and following all of your doctors' recommendations to keep flushing out unneeded fluids and chemicals from your body. ...Read more

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What is the chance of dying from lymphoma?

What is the chance of dying from lymphoma?

It depends: It depends on the stage and the specific type of lymphoma. There can be cures and some very long remissions depending on the type. The odds also depend on the response to treatment. ...Read more

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What are the chances of survival of secondary cancer in the liver?

What are the chances of survival of secondary cancer in the liver?

Depends: Depends on the type. For colon, the most common, can be up to 40% in selected cases treated with combinations of surgery (resection) and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What's the sign of impending death from end stage cirrhosis of the liver?

What's the sign of impending death from end stage cirrhosis of the liver?

Similar to signs: Seen in other deaths- shortness breadth, hepatic coma (jaundice ; swelling(ascites). ...Read more

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Is metastatic melanoma cancer of the lungs usually terminal or survivable?

Is metastatic melanoma cancer of the lungs usually terminal or survivable?

Varies: This depends if the metastatic disease can be removed surgically. The best chance at survival depends on removal of all the disease. ...Read more

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What is the probability of dying from lymphoma?

What is the probability of dying from lymphoma?

Lymphoma : To die from lymphoma, one must first develop one. If you or someone you know has it, it depends on the type of lymphoma. Some are very treatable, some are low grade, etc. Please be more specific. But altogether, lymphoma as a disease group is not that uncommon, especially in the elderly. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving colon cancer that has spread to liver, kidney and lungs?

What are the chances of surviving colon cancer that has spread to liver, kidney and lungs?

Poor: When one finds metastasis to multiple sites from a primary colon cancer the lesion was probably detected late in its development. If the patient is in good condition the primary if not resected should be removed. Chemo with FOLFOX and possibly avastin (bevacizumab) should be attempted. Kidney lesions are extremely rare but can respond to chemo and if causing complication should be resected. ...Read more

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What are the odds of recovery from breast cancer?

What are the odds of recovery from breast cancer?

Breast ca: This question is very complicated. Recovery from breast cancer is related to the stage at diagnosis and the response to treatment. In general, recovery is excellent when caught early and decreases with advancing stage. ...Read more

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Can this adenocarcinoma of the colon be caused from Asbestos?

Can this adenocarcinoma of the colon be caused from Asbestos?

No: Asbestos has heen associated with the development of pleural mesothelioma. That appears to be its only associated malignant disorder. Considering that over a hundred thousand patients develop colon cancer yearly in the US, non have any history of such exposure. Rather it is believed that polyoma virus has an association with colonic neoplasms where tumor began as a GI inflammatory process . ...Read more

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What is the origin of cancer of colon?

What is the origin of cancer of colon?

Colon cancer: Genetic alterations (changes in the dna or ways in which dna is regulated) in the epithelium of the colon (the cells that line the colon) are the source of colon cancer. These changes can occur for many reasons, some of which are genetics alone (family predisposition), a combination of genetics and environment (foods, toxins), or the we don't exactly know category. ...Read more

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Which type of experiences will someone dying of cancer go through?

Which type of experiences will someone dying of cancer go through?

Varies: That is very hard to answer as every patient's experience is unique. Someone in that situation should be under the care of a palliative team and/or hospice so that quality of life is maintained as much as possible. Feelings of loneliness are common so if there is someone you know and care about in that situation, be available. Best to you. ...Read more

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What % can colon cancer return with ulcerative colitis after cancer tumor is removed from that part of colon ?

What % can colon cancer return with ulcerative colitis after cancer tumor is removed from that part of colon ?

High risk of cancer: Recurrence risk given cancer is a function of the stage of cancer when diagnosed, independent of uc. However, uc patients have an approximately 1% per year risk of new cancer appearing. Because of this high risk, total colectomy has been the standard of care for uc. If you have any colon left, it should be examined and biopsied periodically looking for dysplasia, the precursor of cancerous change. ...Read more

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Is liver metastases from colon cancer a death sentence?

Is liver metastases from colon cancer a death sentence?

It could be commuted: Until recently, colon cancer metastases in the liver were invariably fatal within a few years. However, there are some new biotechnology findings that suggest this may no longer always be the case. Your oncologist would be the person to ask. ...Read more

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What stage colon cancer has symptoms of blood in the ostomy pouch?

What stage colon cancer has symptoms of blood in the ostomy pouch?

None: Blood in an ostomy punch can be many things. Is it a colostomy or ileostomy? Why was the surgery done, history cancer or diverticulitis or colitis? How long ago was the ostomy surgery? Bleeding does indicate need for a doctor evaluation. Can be ostomy appliance irritation, colitis, etc. There is no cancer staging associated with intestinal bleeding. ...Read more

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What’s the chance of dying from sickle cell disease before reaching puberty?

What’s the chance of dying from sickle cell disease before reaching puberty?

Low: A well managed, well controlled sickle cell disease patient should have a live expentancy past their 5th decade of life. This is obviously in patients/children that are receiving the specialized and up-to-date medical care they need. Complications and early mortality is a possibility, but so it is dying in a car accident or getting the flu. ...Read more

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If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

Bag is rarely needed: Colostomy( external bag ) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery. It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mom is dying of stage IV colon cancer, how do I cope?

Grief: Is she working with palliative care/ hospice? If so, they usually have a social worker or grief couselor that can help the family. Take care. ...Read more

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Hard stool w/ bit of red despite fiber fluid++. Could be the antidepressant, but worried colon cancer from lots of processed meats & junk. No fam hx.

Hard stool w/ bit of red despite fiber fluid++. Could be the antidepressant, but worried colon cancer from lots of processed meats & junk. No fam hx.

Stool softener: If fiber and water and have not helped, try taking a stool softener. It is unlikely that you have cancer, given the lack of family history and your age. When you turn 50, get a screening colonoscopy. ...Read more

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HI I am a 21 year old male and I am new here. I have no family history of colon cancer or colon problems but my grandfather had kidney cancer got his kidney removed and caught lymphoma and ended up dying from it at 61. About 2 weeks ago, I was on vacation

HI I am a 21 year old male and I am new here. I have no family history of colon cancer or colon problems but my grandfather had kidney cancer got his kidney removed and caught lymphoma and ended up dying from it at 61. About 2 weeks ago, I was on vacation

Your question: was cut off. Please try again but w/a shorter and more direct question. Fear of cancer is fairly common and your concern is respected but a doctor visit would be best. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is colon cancer?

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What is colon cancer?

Cancer of the colon: Cancer that forms in the tissues of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine). Most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). There are estimated 103, 170 (colon); 40, 290 (rectal) new cases and 51, 690 (colon and rectal combined) deaths from colon cancer in us in 2012. Screening with colonoscopy started at age of 50. ...Read more

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What is colon cancer?

Cancers: Cancers are abnormal, rapidly growing cells that do not know when to stop growing. These abnormal cells can damage local tissues, can attach to nearby organs or structures, can spread to lymph nodes, or can spread to other organs through the blood stream. Their growth damages what they are attached to, and often cancers encourage new blood flow to themselves. Cancer can grow in the colon. ...Read more

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Colon cancer any signs?

Colon cancer any signs?

Not always: Colon cancer tends to not have any signs or symptoms when it is early (when it is easiest to treat). That is why screening colonoscopies are so important, to remove any polyps that may become cancer, and to directly look for cancers. Colon cancer can cause bleeding from the rectum, tiredness from anemia, stool changes, or abdominal pain. Other things can cause this too. Best to be seen if ?S. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer hurt?

Does colon cancer hurt?

Usually not: Early stages of colon cancer often have no symptoms. Colon cancer has long developmental stages starting out as polyps and can take yrs to develop, hence screening colonoscopy is done every 10 yrs for normal folks. Polyps can be removed during colonoscopy. Advanced cancer can cause pain by obstructing bowel, spread to liver, bone, brain, lung etc. See doc regulalry. Good luck. ...Read more

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What cures colon cancer ?

What cures colon cancer
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Early detection!: The best thing that improves the chances of curing colon cancer is early detection. So preventive health care and screening are key. All adults should have a colonoscopy at age 50 to look for cancers or early cancers, usually as polyps. If you have a strong family history or certain conditions it is recommended you get earlier screening.Once detected, colon ca usually is cured by surgery, or drugs. ...Read more

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What causes colon cancer?

What causes colon cancer?

Very complicated: Monoclonal theory says that just like we are a living thing, we are born, we have jobs to do and then we die, each cell has a similar cycle of birth, life, and death. Cancer occurs when a cell develops so many mutations that it does not follow that cycle and does not die but can still divide itself and hides from our immune system which is there to detect abnormal cells and destroy them. ...Read more

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Can this be colon cancer?

Can this be colon cancer?

Not enough info: Colon cancer can present with or without symptoms. Common symptoms include change in stool caliber/consistency, rectal bleeding or blood with bm, abdominal pain, anemia. If you have not been screened, you should consider the various screening options for colon cancer, includine a stool test to check for blood, colonoscopy, or sigmoidoscopy. If you are having bleeding, you need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer begin?

How does colon cancer begin?

Polyps.: Polyps (adenomas) are small, benign masses that can form within the colon. The life cycle of the mucus membranes of the colon becomes disrupted, either from genetic or environmental reasons, causing growth of polyps. If polyp growth continues abnormally, they have the potential to develop into an invasive lesion and become cancerous. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer spread?

How does colon cancer spread?

Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes are the way colon cancer cells usually escape the colon. It can grow through the colon into the surroundings. Finally it can move from lymph nodes into the blood stream that flows to the liver. When the colon is examined, and if lymph nodes are involved, chemotherapy is recommended. ...Read more

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How to know if colon cancer ?

Get tested: There are many tests that have been developed to test either a patient with concerning symptoms or just as a routine screening exam in an a symptomatic patient. Each individual situation is different. Testing stool for blood or now genetic abnormalities, rectal exam, X-rays such as barium enema or ct scan virtual colonoscopy are examples. Best is colonoscopy as you can both look and do. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Can be: The fastest-growers are the ones that follow genetic pathways associated with the lynch loci. They may not even be preceded by a polyp -- colonoscopy can be clean one year, and a year later, there's a cancer. That's actually quite fast as cancers go. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How is colon cancer inherited?

How is colon cancer inherited?

Genes: Most colon cancers are not inherited. However, there is a subset which is associated with inherited genetic abnormalities such as hereditary polyposis a this hereditary non polyposis gene (hnpp). There are also syndromes that make you susceptible to a variety of different cancers including colon cancer such as lynch syndrome. ...Read more

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Can children get colon cancer?

Can children get colon cancer?

Yes: Usually adult children. The youngest patient I have seen in my practice with a family history of colon cancer, was first diagnosed at age 18. ...Read more

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39 old enough for colon cancer?

Yes: But not that common unless you have increased inherited risk factors. ...Read more

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What is terminal Colon cancer ?

Stage IV: When the cancer has metastasized to other organs and there is no controlling it by medical or surgical means ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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. Walter Husar
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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