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Haven't had solid bowl movement more then 8 months pain & feel mass upper abdomen weight gain dad has colon cancer & aunt has stomach cancer worried?

Haven't had solid bowl movement more then 8 months pain & feel mass upper abdomen weight gain dad has colon cancer & aunt has stomach cancer worried?

Lots of issues...: You're describing many systemic concerns, but its impossible to tell here if your symptoms are all due to organic/metabolic disease or even related. Granted, your family history is notable, ; may indicate lynch syndrome. A thorough history ; physical with some simple investigatory lab studies ; x-rays would be a great place to start in getting the answers, reassurance ;/or treatment you need. ...Read more

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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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Help please! is colon cancer and bile duct cancer basically the same thing?

Help please! is colon cancer and bile duct cancer basically the same thing?

Completely different: Colon cancer originates in the colon. Bile duct cancer originates in the bile ducts either within the liver or in the parts of the bile duct system outside of the liver (common hepatic and common bile ducts). ...Read more

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Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

No: Past medical studies did not link gallbladder surgery to colon cancer. Most all of the bile is reabsorbed by the small intestine & returned to the liver, with or without the gallbladder. Excess bile getting to the colon will cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is liver and colon cancer?

Depends: While colon cancer that has spread distantly is considered stage IV (of 4) and has the worst prognosis, there are patients with isolated metastasis to the liver who do quite well with surgical resection with or without chemotherapy. We find that 40% of those with resectable liver tumors can live over 5 years. Consider evaluation at a cancer center with a surgical oncologist or hpb surgeon. ...Read more

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Can chemo for colon cancer damage the liver?

Can chemo for colon cancer damage the liver?

It may: Almost all chemotherapeutic drugs have unwanted effects on other organs, including the liver. ...Read more

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Is metastic colon cancer spread to liver treatable?

Is metastic colon cancer spread to liver treatable?

Yes: NOT "curable" but definitely treatable...Direct perfusion anti-neoplastic drugs for one approach and possible immune therapy on the "horizon" ...A positive attitude is necessary and helpful.. METASTATIC .CANCER IS A CHRONIC DISEASE! ...Read more

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Im 16 is it possible for me to get pancreatic, liver, colon cancer?

Im 16 is it possible for me to get pancreatic, liver, colon cancer?

It is possible: But unlikely. Pediatric cancer is not common, with approximately 12k new diagnoses in the us each year. A majority of patients have leukemia, lymphoma, or CNS tumors. Other tumors are more rare. Tumors of the organs you describe are exceptionally rare in kids outside the presence of a familial cancer syndrome. If you have genuine concern about this, is speak with your parents or your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does one typically have with stage 4 liver cancer that has spread from colon cancer?

How long does one typically have with stage 4 liver cancer that has spread from colon cancer?

It varies a lot: There is good treatment for stage 4 colon Cancer. Most people live for 2-3 years when they take chemotherapy. If the liver tumor is small it can even be removed with surgery. Tell us about the dates of your diagnosis and what type of chemotherapy you have used and for how long? Then we can give you a better estimate of expected survival. ...Read more

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What If no forms of chemotherapy work on a colon cancer pt who has a liver met ? Are there other options ?

What If no forms of chemotherapy work on a colon cancer pt who has a liver met ? Are there other options ?

Radiation and surgery: Aside from chemotherapy, the 2 types of treatment for cancer are radiotherapy & surgery. Liver mets, if they block a duct or cause a "local" problem can be treated with radiation beam to alleviate suffering. If the patient is strong enough to withstand it, surgery and/or brachytherapy (radiation implants) can be tried; however, colon cancer is a systemic problem and chemo is the main modality. GL. ...Read more

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Are there any new cancer drugs for colon cancer spread to the liver? My father is very ill and needs help.

Consider new trials: If i were in your father's position, i would consider being in a research trial (if one is available) for metastatic colon cancer. None of the approved therapies for this is curative; they are all palliative. I would probably favor something with an immune-based approach rather than a cell poison, if any such trial is available. This is just a personal preference i'm voicing. ...Read more

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What kills a person in metastic colon cancer . Does the liver have to fail or can the mets alone cause death ?

What kills a person in metastic colon cancer . Does the liver have to fail or can the mets alone cause death ?

Many ways: The actual mechanism varies. The liver or the cancer itself can get infected. Even small lung metastasis can cause pneumonia, or the overall debility from the cancer can cause this. Deep thrombi are one of several more common ways. Biliary obstruction is more common than actual liver failure. Bowel obstruction can hopefully be prevented by your surgeon. ...Read more

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What's survival like for colon cancer pt with a liver metastases and a aortocaval node? Years approximation plz

What's survival like for colon cancer pt with a liver metastases and a aortocaval node? Years approximation plz

1-2 yrs: If liver mets present then the aortocaval node should be considered to be part of overall treatment. First use of FOLFIERI chemo and then evaluation for resection should be contemplated. A single aortocarval node easily resected before chemo. If liver lesions treatable by resection or microwave ablation this should be tried. followed by chemoembolization if needed. ...Read more

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Can a person live up to 5 years with stage IV colon cancer ? 1 liver met and 1 node . Primary removed last year

Can a person live up to 5 years with stage IV colon cancer ? 1 liver met and 1 node . Primary removed last year

Yes , possible: 25% to 40 % is 5 years survival for Stage IV colon cancer . With aggressive treatment by resection of involved liver and chemotherapy even getting better results in recent years than couple of decades ago. ...Read more

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How effective is irinotecan alone for colon cancer when primary removed but there occured a liver met and a node ?

How effective is irinotecan alone for colon cancer when primary removed but there occured a liver met and a node ?

Modestly active: Irinotecan is one of 3 chemotherapy drugs used for treating Cancer. They work better when used as a couplet or triplet, often with added biologic agent called Avastin (bevacizumab) and sometimes adding Cetuximab ...Read more

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Do these CEA readings mean chemotherapy not working in a colon cancer pt August 9.8, October 8, dec 9, jan 10. Met to the liver ?

Do these CEA readings mean chemotherapy not working in a colon cancer pt
August 9.8, October 8, dec 9, jan 10. Met to the liver ?

Stable: Ams an oncologist I would say those levels are stable. Follow your oncologist advice and do not stop chemo based on your CEA levels, they look good. ...Read more

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A liver met of 5.2 in a colon cancer pt, does 5.2 SUV uptake mean the cancer is aggressive ? Does a higher suv mean more aggressive cancer. ?

A liver met of 5.2 in a colon cancer pt, does 5.2 SUV uptake mean the cancer is aggressive ? Does a higher suv mean more aggressive cancer. ?

Yes/May be, not sure: This is an average SUV for a Cancer. So I do not think it means anything more. A SUV over 10, in my view may aply an aggressive tumor but such correlations are not proven as a fact in each cancer type. ...Read more

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If colon cancer was there several years n now removed - why only after surgery a liver met appears ? All prior scans were showing no distant spread ?

If colon cancer was there several years n now removed - why only after surgery a liver met appears ? All prior scans were showing no distant spread ?

Not unusual.: It sometimes takes years for a metastasis in the liver or elsewhere to become large enough to be seen with the tests that we have available, such as CT scans or pet scans. If the metastasis is isolated and small, it may still be able to be treated. Be sure to discuss this in depth with your oncologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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If there is a liver met and 1 aortocaval node in a colon cancer pt, approx how many yrs is survival ? Primary is removed n on irinotecan at present .

If there is a liver met and 1 aortocaval node in a colon cancer pt, approx how many yrs is survival ? Primary is removed n on irinotecan at present .

See liver specialist: Aortocaval LN involvement in colorectal cancer is unusual and should be confirmed by PET scan or biopsy before being labelled as a metastatic LN. If the liver metastasis can be resected, it should be resected. Adjuvant or neoadjuvant chemotherapy may improve long-term survival. Median survival for untreated Stage IV colorectal cancer is about 18 months. See a liver surgeon specialist ...Read more

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What should we expect from liver & colon cancer? Daddy 63 yrs.His liver is completely gone.Doctors say it would't be much help to surgery on his colon.

What should we expect from liver & colon cancer? Daddy 63 yrs.His liver is completely gone.Doctors say it would't be much help to surgery on his colon.

Unlikely Cure: My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Colon cancer that has spread entirely into the liver is in very advanced stages. Treatment for colon cancer has 2 attacks - local and systemic. The surgery only treats local disease, not the spread. The problem with surgery is that chemotherapy gets delayed - and chemo is the only way to treat the systemic disease, which is the bigger problem now. ...Read more

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After having colon cancer they found me 4 tumor cancer in the liver. They are giving me chemoteraphy to reduce the sizes. And then perform surgery. What are my chances to survive?

After having colon cancer they found me 4 tumor cancer in the liver. They are giving me chemoteraphy to reduce the sizes. And then perform surgery. What are my chances to survive?

Worth the chance: It is worth pursuing the chance at long term survival in the situation of liver metastasis from colorectal cancer. One key to this is seeking care from an experienced surgeon that specializes in heptobiliary surgery. Treating all the tumors is important. If complete resection is not possible, consider adding in other local treatments such as thermal ablation or stereotactic radiation. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


Dr. Tim Conrad
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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