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What Does Ned Stand For In Regard To Colon Cancer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
It depends.: It's not the size of a metastatic nodule that matters, but where it is located. If it is located adjacent to the actual tumor, it means something different then it does if it is located in a distant organ, such as the liver or lungs. Your doctor should go over the results of the pet scan in detail with you. Good luck. ...Read more
In colon cancer patients, y do some hae higher cea"s ( like in the 100,s) and some don't ? My dad's CEA stands at 10 at present while on irinotecan
Depends on what: the nodule is. If the nodule is a met from colon cancer, then ablating this apparent solitary nodule is not likely to affect the course of the disease. Calling is small or large is not relevant, the nature of the lesions needs to be ascertained. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I overcome PTSD hypochondria after having Stage IIIB colon cancer 2009 and then a met to my liver 3 years later. EVERYTHING terrifies me. NED?
Meds/counseling: It is very difficult to overcome fear after all that you have been through. Sometimes medications can help with PTSD symptoms. Seeing a therapist with a focus on relaxation techniques and stress reduction may be very helpful. You must be patient and kind to yourself. Try to find some things in your daily life like music or flowers that give you pleasure. I wish you the best in getting through this ...Read more
I recently had a colon resection for stage 0 colon cancer. It was an open surgery w a large scar. I am experiencing dizziness when I stand from siting?
Was on Xeloda for stage 4 colon cancer and got pregnant. I'm at 6 weeks, hCG rising but not doubling. Heart rate 115. Does my baby stand a chance?
Tough question: Vanessa, first of all, I am very sorry to hear about your colon cancer. I wish you all the best with it. Regarding pregnancy and Xeloda, it is risky to the fetus. Xeloda is a category D drug for pregnancy according to the FDA. This means that it has not been studied in people, but it HAS been shown to cause problems when tested on animals. Talk to your oncologist and obstetrician, please. ...Read more
Depends on location: If right sided may present with anemia (common). If large, some patients present with obstructive symptoms that require a bowel diversion. If metastatic can present with weight loss if extensive. One of the most common is detection of blood in the stool when a physician performs a rectal exam. Many variations of presentation. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Colon cancer: Colon Cancer may have no apparent signs until late in its course, such as bleeding in the stool, early satiety, bowel pain or discomfort, a change in bowels (diarrhea/constipation/consistency of stool). That is why it is important to get your routine screening tests at age 50 or younger if with a family history, and see your dr for regularly scheduled visits. Also, Never SMOKE or QUIT if you do! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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