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What does colon cancer generally look like?

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 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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What does colon cancer make your stool look like?

What does colon cancer make your stool look like?

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

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I have an oastomy from colon cancer in nov. I get cramps and have bowl movements that look like puss and smell bad. Run temp of 75 what is the cause?

I have an oastomy from colon cancer in nov.  I get cramps and have bowl movements that look like puss and smell bad. Run temp of 75 what is the cause?

That's not normal: The fever is the worrisome part. It is possible that you have a chronic abdominal infection from the surgery. An abscess may drain through the colon and out the ostony. That is why there is pus in the stool. That would be rare but only plausible explanation. Chronic colitis may cause this too but would be associated with abd pain too. Reccomend surgical consult and ct scan. ...Read more

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Iwould like to know about colon cancer?

Iwould like to know about colon cancer?

See below: Too much to say, too little space. Look in these websites: american cancer society and national cancer institute (cancer.Org and cancer.Gov respectively). ...Read more

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What is the daily life like of a person with colon cancer?

What is the daily life like of a person with colon cancer?

Like anyone else...: I have colon cancer. It has been successfully operated and removed. I didn't need chemo. Half of my colon is gone and I use the bathroom a bit more often than before. I otherwise eat and drink what i wish to have. I perform all my usual daily activities, surgery, on call, office hours etc. Function will be mostly determined by tumor burden and any spread. More advanced cases may be more limited. ...Read more

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Are there any genes that will tell you what your course of colon cancer will be like?

Are there any genes that will tell you what your course of colon cancer will be like?

Not really: While there are certain genetic abnormalities that will help your doctor determine a course of treatment, as of yet there is no prognostic profile for colon cancer that is in general use. ...Read more

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Any signs or symptoms to watch for with diagnosed colon cancer in paraplegic that can't feel pain like others?

Any signs or symptoms to watch for with diagnosed  colon cancer in paraplegic that can't feel pain like others?

Depends: If you're if you're wondering what symptoms to watch out for until the operation, about obstruction is a possibility. In this case, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal distention are common. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How quickly do symptoms progress with colon cancer? I'm an 18 year old male exhibiting colon cancer-like symptoms.

How quickly do symptoms progress with colon cancer? I'm an 18 year old male exhibiting colon cancer-like symptoms.

Cancer warning signs: Warning signs for bowel cancer include blood in stool, change in bowel habits, change in stool caliber and abdominal discomfort, but none are specific for bowel cancer. A doctor can help sort out any symptoms. How quickly symptoms progress is variable among individuals. ...Read more

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Grandmother has to go into surgery because colon cancer.. What will the outcome be like. She's over 75years old& is very ill...

Grandmother has to go into surgery because colon cancer.. What will the outcome be like. She's over 75years old& is very ill...

Colon cancer: Sorry to hear about your grandmother's woes. The outcome of colon cancer depends on many factors, related to the extent and type of tumor and also to the underlying medical status of the patient who has the tumor. The best person to ask about this is usually the patient's oncologist. Good luck to your grandmother and to you! ...Read more

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What can prognosis b like for metastic colon cancer that chemotherapy oxyplatin and raltitrexed ?

What can prognosis b like for metastic colon cancer that chemotherapy oxyplatin and raltitrexed ?

Colon mets: Not having your chart and you in front of me makes it very hard to give you an accurate idea on prognosis. When chemo is started, that means your CA cells have gone beyond the boundaries which would have made txing it simple. The simpler the tx, the better the prgns. The harder the tx, the worse the prgns. On a positive note, f/u with your docs, stay faithful, and you might get a pleasant surprise ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more


Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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