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If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

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 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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Will I have to get surgery and a colostomy if I have colon cancer?

Will I have to get surgery and a colostomy if I have colon cancer?

Yes; rarely: The primary treatment for colon and rectal cancer is surgical removal. Some rectal cancers are so close to the anus that it is impossible to remove it without having a colostomy; thankfully, this is the exception rather than the rule. ...Read more

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I need surgery for colon cancer. Will I need to wear a bag (colostomy) forever?

Depends: Your surgery depends on the location of the cancer. If the tumor is low in the rectum or involves the anal sphincters you may need the area removed resulting in a permanent colostomy (bag). There are options that can decrease the likelihood of a colostomy in this case. This certainly depends on what you have. Ask your doctor. A colon and rectal surgeon specializes in this surgery. ...Read more

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What is a colostomy, and why do so many people need them after colon cancer surgery?

What is a colostomy, and why do so many people need them after colon cancer surgery?

Colostomy : A colostomy is the end of the colon brought through the abdominal wall and attached to the skin. A "bag" is placed over this to collect the stool. It is a possibility for rectal cancer, not typically needed for colon cancer. It is not really that common but is needed it the cancer involves the anal sphincters. ...Read more

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My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and a colostomy bag was necessary. What exactly is that?

My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and a colostomy bag was necessary. What exactly is that?

Form of diversion: Staging of colon cancer and colostomy unrelated. The use of a colostomy is when the removed colon and tumor usually approximate the anal region and resuturing of the proximal bowel cant be accomplished to reestablish continuity of bowel. On this basis the proximal end of the divided bowel is brought out on the skin but can be managed by irrigation and a patch rather than a bag. ...Read more

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My friend has colon cancer and wears a colostomy bag. What can he do about a hernia that appeared below the stoma?

My friend has colon cancer and wears a colostomy bag. What can he do about a hernia that appeared below the stoma?

See a surgeon: Surgery may be indicated. Often it can be repaired laparoscopically. Unfortunately, there is still a high rate of recurrence after surgical repair. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and a colostomy bag was necessaryquestion about it?

What do you suggest if my mom diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and a colostomy bag was necessaryquestion about it?

What is question?: Stage 4 colon cancer means that the cancer has spread to distant sites. Chemotherapy is usually considered. I don't know what you question is but your mother should be under the care of a good medical oncologist. Stage 4 is very serious but not necessarily hopeless. Good luck! ...Read more

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Mother has colon cancer (aged 57 at the time, irreversible colostomy) and I have Crohn's (aged 25, diagnosis 2010). How often should I get colonoscopy?

Mother has colon cancer (aged 57 at the time, irreversible colostomy) and I have Crohn's (aged 25, diagnosis 2010). How often should I get colonoscopy?

Probably q 3yrs: Colon cancer arises in bowel under several circumstances. Polyps found on colonoscopy contribute to 10-20% of malignancies. The others arise denovo in a field effect secondary to a virus or carcinogen. Another factor is inflammatory changes initiating malignant transformation. As such patients with Crohn's are at risk for developing colon cancer, which at present is best found by colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer hurt?

Does colon cancer hurt?

Usually not: Early stages of colon cancer often have no symptoms. Colon cancer has long developmental stages starting out as polyps and can take yrs to develop, hence screening colonoscopy is done every 10 yrs for normal folks. Polyps can be removed during colonoscopy. Advanced cancer can cause pain by obstructing bowel, spread to liver, bone, brain, lung etc. See doc regulalry. Good luck. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer begin?

Polyps.: Polyps (adenomas) are small, benign masses that can form within the colon. The life cycle of the mucus membranes of the colon becomes disrupted, either from genetic or environmental reasons, causing growth of polyps. If polyp growth continues abnormally, they have the potential to develop into an invasive lesion and become cancerous. ...Read more

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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. Bernard Seif
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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