What are your first symptoms of colon/rectal cancer?

None. Dont rely on symptoms. Colonoscopy is what to do. Bleeding is a common symptom, but is could be too late. Other could be pain, a mass, cosntipation, weight loss. None of them are specific for colon cancer. Don't wait for symptoms. The screening power of colonoscopy to prevent colon cancer is excellent. Get your colonoscopy.
None. The first signs of colon cancer would be no symptoms at all. Later mild intestinal beeping can occur that is also not visible. Later colon blockage and anemia might occur.

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What would be the first symptoms of colon or rectal cancer?

None or bleeding. Most colon and rectal cancers have no symptoms until they either start bleeding (causing anemia - a low blood level), rupture open (perforate), or invade other tissues, causing pain. This is why screening colonoscopy -- to find cancers while they are small, and to remove polyps which grow up to become cancers -- is so important. Go get checked! Read more...
Usually none. The most common symptom in people diagnosed with colorectal cancer is no symptom at all; this is why screening is so important. Most common symptoms are change in bowel habits, weight loss, blood with stools, anemia- but these are late symptoms, and are associated with a poor outcome. Every american should be screened at age 50, sooner if a first-degree relative has had cr cancer or polyps. Read more...
None! Early symptoms of colon and rectal cancer do not exist. That is why screening tests are so important. Simple tests such as checking for blood in the stool can hep identify people at risk for colorectal cancer. Colonoscopy is the gold standard for screening in the usa. Symptoms that may be caused by colorectal cancer include diarrhea, constipation, change in bowel habits and bleeding. Read more...
No symptoms. Unfortunately early colon and rectal cancer will present with no symptoms. This is why it is important to be screened at an appropriate e age. This typically begins at 50 yrs for normal risk individuals. Rectal bleeding can be a sign which is why this should be evaluated by your doctor if present. Read more...

Does everyone who gets colon or rectal cancer get polyps first?

Yes. The typical colon and rectal cancers, or adenocarcinomas, start as polyps. That's precisely why getting a screening colonoscopy by age 50 is so important. Read more...
Most do. Most colorectal cancers arise in adenomatous polyps, which are the type of polyps that are examined for and removed in colonoscopy. Data now shows that removal of colorectal polyps decreases coloretcal cancers as well as the risk of dying from a colorectal cancer. Less frequently, colorectal cancers can be founs that do not arise from polyps. This most often happens in inflammatory bowel disease. Read more...

If I have colon or rectal cancer that has spread to the liver, should I have chemotherapy first?

Depends. Some patients undergo resection first and some undergo chemotherapy. These decisions are best made in conjunction with your medical team (surgeon, oncologist). Read more...
Depends. There are too many variables to be able to give a succinct answer. Your team of physicians (oncologist, surgeon, primary care physician, etc.) collectively should be able to provide you with the best answer for your specific situation. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Read more...
Possibly. Different cancers (types) have different optimal treatment regimens. It may involve surgery in tandem with chemotherapy, radiation with chemo, or chemo only. You need to discuss your best options with your oncologist. Read more...
Find a good team. Colorectal cancer with spread to the liver is a hotly debated and controversial topic. Multiple variables include - the location of the tumor, the symptoms it is producing, the location of the liver mets and their potentail for surgical removal. You need an experienced team that deals with this commonly (surgical and medical oncologists, maybe rad onc, as well). Good ct/pet is vital. Read more...
Usually yes. Unless you have an impending obstruction or severe bleeding from the colorectal tumor, chemotherapy is generally the best way to start. Starting with an operation often delays the time until you can start getting the chemo. Surgery is effective for the bowel, but does nothing to address the liver disease. Chemo also kills tumor cells in your blood stream that can lead to tumors in other organs. Read more...
Depends. If the primary tumor is not producing severe bleeding or obstruction the most serious condition is the liver metastasis and should be treated first with chemo. Response to chemo will determine the next step which may be hepatectomy with or without colon resection. A colectomy will control primary disease but the metastasis will determine long term survival. No question about it. Read more...

Are colon cancer and rectal cancer the same thing?

Somewhat. Colon cancer and rectal caner are usually an adenocarcinoma. They are both located in the large intestine. The difference is that they are treated differently. Sometimes rectal cancer is first treated with radiation and chemotherapy before surgery. Colon cancer often does not use radiation therapy. Both cancers use surgery to remove the cancer. Read more...

Should women be concerned about colon and rectal cancer?  

Yes. Colorectal cancer occurs in both men and women. Screening tests are appropriate for both. Read more...
Yes. In the United States about 70, 000 women and 70, 000 men were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2010. (seer data) survival for colon cancer found in the early stage is greater than 90% curable. It is so important for both men and women to get colon/rectal cancer screening. Read more...
Yes. Women can not escape from inflicting yourself on colon and rectal cancer only because you are being a woman. Read more...
Yes. The only difference between men and women here is what is ahead of it in incidence. Breast cancer throws the most commonly occurring cancers off by 1 in women but even if you are unfortunate enough to have breast or lung cancer, you can still get colon or rectal cancer. Read more...
Yes. Women over 50, those with a family history of colon-rectal cancer, those with inflamatory bowel disease (crohns, ulcerative colitis), and a history of colon polyps have a higher than avetage risk and need to be screened more aggressively. Read more...
Yes. Colon cancer affects both sexes and all ages. The youngest one i saw is 25 years old, without any family hisotry. Read more...

When should you be concerned about colon and rectal cancer?

Age 50. The incidence of colorectal cancer goes up after age 50 which is why routine colonoscopy is recommended to begin at that age. The exception would be if you have a strong family history of colon cancer. In that circumstance your physician might decide to begin screening at an earlier age. Read more...
Symptoms and age. Bleeding constipation diarrhea pain or age greater than 50. Any on this list. Read more...

2 years old an possibility of having colon/rectal cancer. What can be done?

Yes it is possible. Pediatric patients can have cancer in the rectum or distal colon but usually it is different from the adult cancers in histology. This is a subject best referred to a pediatric oncologist and pediatric oncosurgeon and pediatric gastroenterologist for further guidance. Read more...
Confusing question. You say 2 yo and at possible colorectal cancer? Never heard of this.Years ago i recall an 8 yo that was part of a cancer family grouping studied at md anderson. Never anyone this young. I would consider anyone who told you this was possible to be misinformed. Read more...
Genetic screen. If your 2-y-o is a primary relative of the one with fap (familial adenomatous polyposis), genetic screening is generally recommended at age 10 or screening sigmoidoscopy at age 10-12. Read more...

What is biological therapy in treating colon-rectal cancer?

Monoclonals. You are probably referring to monoclonal antibodies. These are complex molecules that have been engineered to interact with a specific phase in the cancer cell's biologic pathway. In other words, cancer cells frequently have mutations that are not present in normal cells. If we can block that pathway, then the cancer cell stops growing and dies. Expensive but fewer side effects. Read more...
TARGETED THERAPY. These newer targeted therapies include monoclonal antibodies directed at specific receptors or ligands or tirosine kinase inhibitors that interrupt signaling pathways. Ei: bevacizumab, cetuximab, panitumimab, Aflibercept and regorafenib. Of note these agents are used in the metadtatic setting, in other words stage 4. Talk to your oncologist he can guide you better. Read more...

Can always being constipated lead to colon or rectal cancer?

Not really, but... Theoretically, constipation allows toxins in our everyday food to stay longer in contact with the lining of the colon, thus exposing the cells to the possible mutagenic effects for longer. One of the ways a high fiber diet is thought to be protective, is it speeds elimination, reducing toxin exposure thus reducing cancer risk. Plus, it tastes good! Read more...
Assoc, not cause. Dietary habits that can lead to constipation (low fiber, low intake of whole grains, legumes, fruits and veggies, high fat), can be associated (statistically in populations) with increased rates of colon and rectal cancer. Fiber supplements, vitamin supplements don't help out, diet does. There are other causes for constipation. Discuss with your doc; see a dietician if needed.. Read more...