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Will I Have To Get Surgery And A Colostomy If I Have Colon Cancer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My friend has colon cancer and wears a colostomy bag. What can he do about a hernia that appeared below the stoma?
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
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
Is colon cancer stage 4 fatal? I have been denied surgery because my albumin is to low. I get really bad fevers at night but that's all.
It is serious: Stage-4 cancer is an advanced stage of disease but not always fatal. Some pateints do survive this disease even in stage-4. But you need a good oncologist to treat you. I assume you have received some treatment with chemotherapy by now. Tell us more details about your chemotherapy. Take Tylenol(paracetamol) to control fever which can be caused by cancer especially if it has spread into your liver ...Read more
Surgery: Colon cancer surgery would be done under full general anesthesia. Open or laparoscopic surgery can be 2 options. The offending part of the colon and nearby lymph nodes are removed. Most often the colon is then connected back together. Less often a colostomy is needed. Discuss with the operating surgeon to get more specific details. ...Read more
What should we expect from liver & colon cancer? Daddy 63 yrs.His liver is completely gone.Doctors say it would't be much help to surgery on his colon.
Unlikely Cure: My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Colon cancer that has spread entirely into the liver is in very advanced stages. Treatment for colon cancer has 2 attacks - local and systemic. The surgery only treats local disease, not the spread. The problem with surgery is that chemotherapy gets delayed - and chemo is the only way to treat the systemic disease, which is the bigger problem now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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