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What happens when you leave colon cancer untreated and it begins to bleed?

What happens when you leave colon cancer untreated and it begins to bleed?

Complications: The natural course of untreated colon cancer includes local and systemic effects. Local effects may include bleeding, perforation, intestinal obstruction, and growth into adjacent organs. Systemic effects include spread to other organs such as the liver and lungs. Of course, the best time to treat a cancer is as soon as it is diagnosed. ...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 happens to a person that's close to the end when they have pancreatic cancer?

What happens to a person that's close to the end when they have pancreatic cancer?

Depend on the person: Some people are ready and more acceptable to the fact that death is actually another cycle of life- so is birth. They would feel more comfortable and peaceful with their last journey. They would get prepared and finish whatever they would like to finish. It does not mean they give up. Some other people are still on denial and refuse to accept the fact. They feel sad, anger, depressed. So it depends. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what occurs when one has colon cancer and it metastasizes?

Can you tell me what occurs when one has colon cancer and it metastasizes?

Long story and great: Deal of information. A very brief explanation-you have damage to a cell line in your colon that leads to cancerous cells, which then over grow and are non-functional cells. These cells damage and destroys surrounding tissue, and if they get into the blood stream or lymph system, and goes somewhere else (called metastasis), then those cells damage those other organs and tissues as well. ...Read more

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What will happen when cancer goes to the bones?

What will happen when cancer goes to the bones?

Pain, risk of fract.: Cancer which has spread to the bones can cause pain, and lead to fracture of the bone. Depending on the type of cancer and many other factors, it may be treated with hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or injection of a radioactive element to radiate the tumor from the inside (example:radium 232). ...Read more

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What will happen when cancer goes to the bones?

What will happen when cancer goes to the bones?

Usually incurable: With a few exceptions, when a cancer goes into the bones it is incurable. A person may still live many years with proper treatment. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why esophagus cancer is so much worse when it reaches the lymph node?

Can you please explain why esophagus cancer is so much worse when it reaches the lymph node?

Regional spread is b: For most cancers that are localized to their organ of origin(stages-1 and 2) we do quite well and can cure more than 70/80 % of such individuals. Once the tumor has spread to the regional nodes, the prognosis changes drastically such that the cure rates in stage-3 are less than 30/40%. For Esophagus cancer the figures are somewhat worse(25-30%) but not too different than Lung Cancer or stomach can ...Read more

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How can people with terminal brain cancer die. Is it painful or will she just go to sleep.?

How can people with terminal brain cancer die. Is it painful or will she just go to sleep.?

Rarely painful: Headache can be a problem in some cases. But no severe pain. Patients just go to sleep as the tumor causes more compression of the brain inside. So it is commonly a peaceful death. ...Read more

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When flesh eating bacteria feed off a host and the host dies, what happens to the parasite? Does it continue to live or how does it eventually die?

When flesh eating bacteria feed off a host and the host dies, what happens to the parasite? Does it continue to live or how does it eventually die?

Necrotizing fasciitis: There are several types of bacteria that can cause this but most commonly it is Strep Pyogenes that enter the body through a break in the skin. Unlike virus, bacteria live outside the body for a very long time and can survive without food or water by forming spores. Well after a fatal infection, the bacteria survives in the area to infect another who comes in contact with it. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take an untreated polyp in the colon to become cancerous?

How long does it usually take an untreated polyp in the colon to become cancerous?

No specific time: It generally takes about ten years from the begining of a polyp to cancer, but it is not advisable to rely on this "average". All colonic polyps should be removed and submitted to a pathologist for microscopic examination. ...Read more

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What happens if a women is pregnant then gets diagnosed with cancer does the baby get cancer or grows to get it later in lfe?

What happens if a women is pregnant then gets diagnosed with cancer does the baby get cancer or grows to get it later in lfe?

No cancer: If a woman delivers a healthy baby and has had cancer during the pregnancy, the baby will not develop cancer. The chance that there are circulating tumor cells during the pregnancy are slight and such cells do not have the capability of growing in a healthy newborn. In addition even if circulating cells were present they would not pass thru the placental circulation. ...Read more

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How long does colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage? How long have you had it by the time you can see it?

How long does colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage?  How long have you had it by the time you can see it?

A long time: Colon cancer is unusual in that it follows the "polyp-to-cancer" sequence. Colon cancer does NOT develop with a single genetic mistake from normal to full blown cancer like many others (breast, prostate). The process usually takes an average of 12 years. From stage to stage is probably a couple of years, The recent hullaballoo at the VA demonstrated that even a one year wait may not matter! ...Read more

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If someone had an untreated melanoma, how long would it likely take before it starts to spread to other parts of the body?

If someone had an untreated melanoma, how long would it likely take before it starts to spread to other parts of the body?

Variable, unpredicta: Melanoma can be unpredictable and is quite variable in its behavior. If you can tell us the exact information about this melanoma such as a biopsy report and or the stage of melanoma, then we can be more exact in discussing its prognosis. But it is all dependent on the stage of the disease with some variability among different people. ...Read more

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Does pregnancy intensify toothaches causing it to hurt worse then ever? If so is it at the beginning stage or end

Does pregnancy intensify toothaches causing it to hurt worse then ever? If so is it at the beginning stage or end

Can become more awar: Pregnancy can make one more aware of dental pain. Many often have an over active response with swelling, bleeding or sensitivity in the mouth compared to normal... It is not correlated to the beginning or end of a problem, just indicative that there is a problem. 3 month cleaning intervals are recommended to avert dental infection, periodontitis, pain, etc, as well as pre-term/low birth weight. ...Read more

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How often do you bleed if you have endmetrical cancer in menopause and how does it last?

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How often do you bleed if you have endmetrical cancer in menopause and how does it last?

Endometrial cancer: If you are menopause-you are not supposed to have any vaginal bleeding anymore. If you do, you definitely will need to go to see your gynecologist and have it checked. One of the things that have to be ruled out besides infection, inflammation etc- is cancer. ...Read more

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What happens to the body when you have skin cancer?

What happens to the body when you have skin cancer?

Depends on type: There are several different types of skin cancers. Squamous and basal skin cancers tend to stay locally on the skin and grow larger over time. Melanoma has the ability to travel to distant places in the body and form new tumors. ...Read more

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When a cancer diagnosis says 5yr survival rate at 90%. What does this mean? That they will die shortly after making it to five years? Or before?

When a cancer diagnosis says 5yr survival rate at 90%. What does this mean? That they will die shortly after making it to five years? Or before?

Health Statistics: It means that 90% of those who underwent this 'treatment' are alive at year five after the treatment. It says nothing about future survival or non-survival. ...Read more

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How do you cope with the big c word, that dreaded cancer, or do you just ignore it until it happens ?

Limit Ca Risks: Best 2 educate ourselves & make choices to limit cancer risk. Please see 10 good recs for ca prevention from the american institute for cancer research. I try & follow these & recommend to my patients. Making conscious positive choices help reduce fear & reminds us we control our lives & health 1 choice at a time. Check it out! www.Dietandcancerreport.Org/expert_report/recommendations/index.Php. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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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. Jeffrey Bassman
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more