What does colon cancer generally look like?

It varies. Colon cancer can be in the form of a polyp or what is referred to as an apple-core lesion, meaning a circumferential narrowing at a specific site in your colon. The above descriptions refer to what is seen either endoscopically during a colonoscopy or radiologically during a barium enema lower GI series.
Mass or ulcer. Most colon cancers manifest as a raised ulcer on the luminal (phenobarbital) surface of the colon. Sometimes it causes a stricture (narrowing) of the involved segment.

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I have an oastomy from colon cancer in nov. I get cramps and have bowl movements that look like puss and smell bad. Run temp of 75 what is the cause?

That's not normal. The fever is the worrisome part. It is possible that you have a chronic abdominal infection from the surgery. An abscess may drain through the colon and out the ostony. That is why there is pus in the stool. That would be rare but only plausible explanation. Chronic colitis may cause this too but would be associated with abd pain too. Reccomend surgical consult and ct scan. Read more...

How does colon cancer generally develop?

From polyps usually. Almost all colon cancers start off as a polyp, hence the push for colonoscopy screening looking for polyps. Only 20% of colon cancers are hereditary, meaning the rest are environmentally related to foods we eat and chemicals we are exposed too. If you are over 50 or have risl factors get regular colonoscopies. Read more...
Starts as pre-cancer. Colon cancer often starts with a small pre-cancerous growth, called a polyp. Most of the time these take many years to grow into a cancer. But there are probably some colon cancers that grow much more quickly, and we are still learning the details on this. Read more...

Iwould like to know about colon cancer?

See below. Too much to say, too little space. Look in these websites: american cancer society and national cancer institute (cancer.Org and cancer.Gov respectively). Read more...

What is the daily life like of a person with colon cancer?

Like anyone else... I have colon cancer. It has been successfully operated and removed. I didn't need chemo. Half of my colon is gone and I use the bathroom a bit more often than before. I otherwise eat and drink what i wish to have. I perform all my usual daily activities, surgery, on call, office hours etc. Function will be mostly determined by tumor burden and any spread. More advanced cases may be more limited. Read more...

Are there any genes that will tell you what your course of colon cancer will be like?

Not really. While there are certain genetic abnormalities that will help your doctor determine a course of treatment, as of yet there is no prognostic profile for colon cancer that is in general use. Read more...
Yes. A test called oncotype DX can help predict the behavior of colon cancer and likelihood of it coming back. Visit: www.Oncotypedx.Com. Read more...

Any signs or symptoms to watch for with diagnosed colon cancer in paraplegic that can't feel pain like others?

Depends. If you're if you're wondering what symptoms to watch out for until the operation, about obstruction is a possibility. In this case, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal distention are common. Hope this helps! Read more...

How quickly do symptoms progress with colon cancer? I'm an 18 year old male exhibiting colon cancer-like symptoms.

Cancer warning signs. Warning signs for bowel cancer include blood in stool, change in bowel habits, change in stool caliber and abdominal discomfort, but none are specific for bowel cancer. A doctor can help sort out any symptoms. How quickly symptoms progress is variable among individuals. Read more...