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

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

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


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What are the recommended foods for someone with colon cancer?

Healthy: Eating healthy higher fiber foods, fruits & vegetables, low fat foods is best for all people. Colon cancer itsellf is treated with surgery and sometimes chemotherapy. After the cancer treatments, eat healthy. ...Read more

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What are the chances of someone in their mid/late 20s to get Colon Cancer. Seems like I hear more people in their 20s than any other age range online?

What are the chances of someone in their mid/late 20s to get Colon Cancer. Seems like I hear more people in their 20s than any other age range online?

Pretty unlikely: According to American Cancer Society: "Overall, 90% of new cases and 94% of deaths occur in individuals 50 and older." http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@epidemiologysurveilance/documents/document/acspc-028312.pdf An Australian group puts the risk at age 30 at 1/7000. https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/risk-factors/age ...Read more

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In 2011-2012 what is.The estimated percentage of colon cancer awith someone in their 20s how worried should I be?

In 2011-2012 what is.The estimated percentage of colon cancer awith someone in their 20s how worried should I be?

Extremely low: The incidence of colon cancer is very unusual or even rare under the age of 40. If there is an underlying condition such as colitis or familial polyposis, then the disease can occur very early. If there is a history of a very young person in your family that got colon cancer, then your risk is high enough to have a screening colonoscopy around the same age. ...Read more

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If someone in my family has had colon cancer, will I definitely get the disease or am I just at higher risk?

If someone in my family has had colon cancer, will I definitely get the disease or am I just at higher risk?

Maybe: The increased risk to you is usually in 1st degree relatives such as parents or siblings. Genetic-related colon cancers only account for about 20% of all colon cancers. ...Read more

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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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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 symptoms that would indicate that someone may have colon cancer? Are there symptoms that would indicate that someone may have colon cancer?

Thanks : Thanks for your question. Usually by the time someone experiences symptoms from colon cancer, the cancer is fairly large or has spread. This is because colon cancers typically start out as small polyps (a small "stalk" of tissue jutting out from the colon wall inside the colon) that grows larger and changes into a cancer. This doesn't really cause pain or block the passage of stool unless it has grown so large that the stool can't get around it. Symptoms someone might feel who has a colon cancer include abdominal pain, constipation, blood in the stool, unexplained weight loss, fever, night sweats, and fatigue. In the United States, screening for colon cancer is recommended for every adult over the age of 50, and sometimes earlier for patients with a family history of colon cancer or other risk factors. Screening early is important to try to detect and remove polyps before they have the chance to transform into a cancer. A colonoscopy (a scope passed into your anus and through the colon) is one way to screen for colon cancer / colon polyps. I hope this answers your question. Thanks! ...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

Dr. Scott Keith
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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. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more