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What Does Colon Cancer Generally Look Like
It varies: Colon cancer can be in the form of a polyp or what is referred to as an apple-core lesion, meaning a circumferential narrowing at a specific site in your colon. The above descriptions refer to what is seen either endoscopically during a colonoscopy or radiologically during a barium enema lower GI series. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Grossly normal: Most patients with colon cancer have normal appearing stools. There may be some blood occasionally mixed or covering the stool, but usually this is microscopic rather than obvious. If the cancer is advanced, causing obstruction, then the stools can be narrowed, but again, this is for patients with advanced sigmoid or rectal cancers. The best way to diagnose colon cancer is with a colonoscopy. ...Read more
Cancer or tumor: Of the prostate typically is a slow growing nodule within the prostate. The gleason grade helps to stratify the tumors that are higher grade from lower grade slower growing tumors. Some cancers can be palpated on exam. Higher grade tumors may be more aggressive and may be less likely to form a mass. The psa test may be helpful in the appropriate clinical setting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many symptoms: It can look like painless bumps that you can feel - most commonly along the side of the neck. Or it can be unexplained symptoms such as weight loss, fevers for no apparent reason, fatigue, easy bruising, or intense itching of the skin. ...Read more
Increased densities: Liver cancer can look like single or multiple nodules of increased density on the ultrasound. However, ultrasound is not the best, nor is it the final test in the diagnosis of liver cancer. A ct scan with and without contrast or an MRI scan give better visualization. By ultrasound, it is sometimes difficult to differentiate a hemangioma (a benign lesion) from a liver cancer. ...Read more
It varies: It can be a mass, or unusual calcifications, or an unusual "infiltrate" on a chest x-ray. In other words, it can have many different appearances. A chest x-ray is a great tool, but it takes skill to interpret. I do not recommend you try to interpret your films, but your doc can review it with you to give insights. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abdominal distention: It is the abdomen, not the stomach, that is swollen in some patients with advanced ovarian cancer. This is mainly due to accumulation of fluid (called ascites) within the abdomen. The fluid over time causes distention of the abdomen (just like what you would see in a pregnant women). The more the fluid accumulates, the more distanded the abdomen and patients may have discomfort and pain. ...Read more
Varies: There are several different types of skin cancers. Squamous cell the skin begins as a small nodule and as it enlarges the center becomes necrotic and sloughs and the nodule turns into an ulcer. Basal cell patients present with a shiny, pearly nodule. Melanoma patients have an irregularly appearing pigmented lesion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable appearance: On a mammogram cancer can look like a white irregular density or can appear as small specks of calcium (microcalcifications) clumped in a particular pattern. Sometimes cancers show both features. It is important to remember that not all densities or microcalcifications seen on mammography are cancer. Only a biopsy can confirm that cancer is present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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