What are the side effects of radiotherapy in treating colon cancer?

Several. Radiation is used for rectal cancer. Can cause skin changes, diarrhea, decreased rectal and anal compliance.
Radiation enteritis. Radiation enteritis is an irritation of the lining of the small intestine due to radiation therapy. If the damage lasts only a short time, it is called acute radiation enteritis. If damage persists and causes long-standing inflammation in the intestine, it is called chronic radiation enteritis.

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What are the side effects of chemotherapy in treating colon cancer?

Many. Side effects are many and depend on the chemotherapy drugs used. Most of them are reversible and not permanent. Typical effects include fatigue, low blood counts, diarrhea, mouth sores, infection risks, nausea, vomiting, nerve damage, liver damage, skin rash. Rare side effects include strokes, blood clots, lung or heart damage, increasewd blood pressure, wound healing problems. Read more...
Adverse events (AE) Combination of chemotherapy is used in colon cancer- i.e.5fu, (fluorouracil) oxaliplatin, irinotecan, Bevacizumab etc. Each treatment will have diffferent potential ae- however in general-decrease blood counts, nausea/vomiting, numbness/tingling, diarrhea, , mucositis, constipation, fever, infection, bleeding, cold intolerance, etc-can happen. This is something you should discuss in detail with your oncologis. Read more...

Side effects to chemo. He's being treated for colon cancer stage 4.?

Depends on chemo. The side effects of chemotherapy depend on the chemos involved. In general bone marrow suppression (bms) causing lower red blood cells (rbcs) with anemia, lowered wbcs with increased risk of infection, and lowerd platelets with increased risk of bleeding. Oxalipaltin ("o" in folfox) can cause numbness or cold induced nerve pain. Irinotecan ("i" in folfiri) causes diarrhea. Etc... Read more...
Many. There are many regiments to treat colon cancer. Types of side effects vary with type of chemo and dose. Most common are nausea, vomiting, pain, diarrhea, fatigue, hair loss etc. Need to discuss with oncologist. Read more...

For a 30 year female patient diagnosed with stage iii-b colon cancer, what are the expected specific rather than general side effects of folfox?

Depends on person. Folfox is a combination of chemo drugs, including oxaliplatin and Fluorouracil (5fu), and leucovorin and varies a bit by how and when they are given. The side effect profile includes suppression of bone marrow function, neuropathy (numbness or tingling), GI symptoms, fatigue, hair loss, mouth sores, , rash, and others. Individuals will experience varying degrees and types of side effects. Read more...

How effective is external beam radiotherapy for treating colon cancer?

Fairly effective. Best used in the neoadjuvant setting to reduce the size of a rectosigmoid lesion to improve operability. In terms of long term survival this has not been achieved without the addition or RT. Better results can be anticipated when RT is combined with immunochemotherapy. It is also used palliatively if a large metastatic disease is present in the pelvis and the primary has already been resected. Read more...

Could you need a body cast making for radiotherapy on colon cancer?

Colon cancer. Is rarely if ever treated with radiation as opposed to rectal cancer which often is treated with radiation/chemo and surgery. Not sure what you mean by a "body cast" but to my knowledge one is not used. Read more...

Can Radiotherapy be used for metastic colon cancer if chemotherapy is resistant?

Selected instances. Metastatic colon cancer when in multiple areas and non resectable reequires chemotherapy. Radiation can not be used systemically and is delivered to a single site. If mass is large, in preparation for resection, radiation has been employed. New monoclonals being developed thatt have alpha emmitters and can be delivered to colon Ca as a form of internal radiation. Read more...
Not often. Radiotherapy can be useful in certain select cases where the Cancer is localized to one or two spots only. This means 1 patient in 5 may be suitable candidate. But you need to seek consultation with a radiation oncologist before you can get a clear cut answer for your circumstances. Read more...

Age 79, male, colon cancer Pt3n1b, surgery finished. Chemotherapy or radiotherapy recommended? Or both?

More info. The molecular and some of the subtle microscopic features must also be considered. Then the odds with and without different modalities can be reviewed. It will be your choice. Read more...

Is avastin (bevacizumab) a good treatment for metastic colon cancer? Are the side effects harsh?

GOOD MEDICINE. avastin (bevacizumab) indicated for first line and second line treatment for metastatic colorectal carcinoma in combination with 5-Fluorouracil based chemotherapy side effect is long like weakness,hypertension,vomiting you can google the medicine and you can get the long list follow with your oncologist good luck. Read more...

What are the long term side effects of radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Variable. However, radiation therapyu is rarely used for colon cancer, but more frequently indicated for rectal cancer. Side effects from radiation for rectal cancer include rectal bleeding from rariation proctitis, perianal skin changes, bladder radiation and vaginal. Sterility can also be affected. Read more...
Xrt. Xrt is usually for rectal cancer. Xrt side effect for rectal cancer may include diarrhea, erectile dysfucntion, prostatitis, impotence, bladder irritation, skin irritation. Read more...