Colon Cancer

Colon or large intestine cancer primarily develops in the elderly. Benign polyps on the inner wall of the colon undergo malignant transformation. Symptoms include fatigue, weight loss, bloody stools, changes in bowel habits, etc. Obesity, alcoholism, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, old age, family history, diabetes, food lacking fibers and rich in fat, inflammatory intestinal diseases, family history, etc., are the risk factors. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy are the available treatment options.

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Does diverticulitis increase the risk of colon cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having lower left pelvic pain, so I got a CT scan of the abdomen done. I was diagnosed with mild diverticulitis and diverticulosis. The doctor gave me Flagyl and Cipro. Is it serious? Can this lead to colon cancer? I am very scared. How can you tell that it is diverticuliti...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry, diverticulum is a common condition, and most patients remain asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. The risk associated with this condition are diverticulitis, which is an infection of the diverticulum pouch, and risk of bleeding. Approximately 75 to 80 per...  Read Full »

My cousin had colon-rectal cancer and had undergone chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Can he lead a normal life?

Query: Hi doctor, My cousin has colorectal cancer. He has undergone 25 quarters of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, photon radiation, and tablet Capecitabine. In addition, three cycles of chemotherapy with Carboplatin and Etoposide are done. Does he still require surgery, and how good will his recovery be?...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I would suggest surgery is a must for the completion of treatment completion and cancer can be cured. However, the quality of life may sometimes get compromised due to side effects of the treatment, and there are possibil...  Read Full »

When should I get my 22-year-old son screened for colon cancer, as his biological father passed away due to colon cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 62-year-old single female. I conceived my 22-year-old son through donor insemination. Last year, I learned that his biological father had passed away at 48 due to colon cancer. When should I have my son screened? I prefer to have him evaluated sooner than later. Kindly sugges...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. According to the guidelines, any individual with a first-degree relative (biological father in your son's case) with colorectal cancer, called the index case, the person in question should have a screening colonoscopy ten years earlier than...  Read Full »

I am a 24-year-old female with Crohn's disease, constipation issue, and abdomen pain. Do I have a risk of developing colon cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old female, and my height is 5'5 feet. I have Crohn's disease for two and half years. Recently I have been suffering from a constipation problem and pain on the right side of my abdomen. I had a CT scan of my abdomen six months back. The report was normal. However, I am ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I feel sorry to hear that you have got this disease, but fortunately, at your age, the risk of colon cancer is rather low in patients with Crohn's disease. On the contrary, the risk of colon cancer is relatively very high in patients with ulcerative colitis for ten yea...  Read Full »

What causes enlarged pericecal lymph nodes?

Query: Hello doctor, I just want to start off by saying that I am a 24-year-old male. I have been diagnosed with IBS in the past, and for about a good seven months I have had stomach issues on and off. Nothing serious, no weight loss or any large amounts of blood in the stool. I had one CT scan the first ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to See as such mesenteric lymphadenitis does not directly represent colon cancer. It is very commonly seen post infection. So what we do is that we give antibiotics for seven days and later repeat an ultrasound abdomen after one month to check for the size of lymph nodes. ...  Read Full »

What are the side effects of chemotherapy after colon cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, My 43 years old father has colon cancer. He had undergone hemicolectomy laparoscopic surgery, and he is currently undergoing chemotherapy with Xelox (Oxaliplatin and Capecitabine). I am here to ask you about the side effects of chemo that my father is experiencing from the first cycle...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Mittal

Answer: Hi,Welcome to could be due to surgery or chemotherapy or both. Normally, the patients should not have this much diarrhea. If it remains uncontrolled, you may have to stop chemotherapy for some days.Weight loss is common in this condition. After chemotherapy, he should be fine. A...  Read Full »

Kindly review my mother's report and suggest a good treatment plan for her colorectal cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother underwent laparoscopic surgery for her colorectal cancer 45 days ago. And now she is advised for chemotherapy. Please suggest a good treatment for my mother based on the reports attached. Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Pratik Patil

Answer: Hello,Welcome to has carcinoma of the sigmoid colon, and the stage of cancer is III. For this, she will need atleast six chemotherapy cycles which are given every three weeks. Folfox or Capox chemotherapy will be done depending on the patient's fitness. As this is a curative disease,...  Read Full »

What is the best treatment for stage 3 colorectal cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I have attached the CT report of my mother. Could you please verify the reports and suggest the best treatment for her? Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand that you must be very upset while seeing these reports. The CT (computed tomography) scan findings are raising the possibility of colorectal cancer, although it needs to be proven in the biopsy (attachments removed to protect the patient’s i...  Read Full »

Can frequent bowel issues and low Hb be signs of bowel cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30 year old male. My height is 5 feet and 7 inches, and I weigh about 87 kg. For the past 4 to 5 years, I am suffering from indigestion. This got more serious in the recent years. It used to occur three to four times every week, especially after lunch. I sought medical help an...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your description, you are most likely having NAFLD (Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). It is caused by an increased fat and carbohydrate intake leading to a fatty liver. Over a long time, like 20 years, it can lead to liver failure and cancer of the liver. You al...  Read Full »

Is occult blood in the stool test suggestive of colon cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from inflammatory bowel disease for the past nine years. And I am noticing white ball-like structures in my stool for the past year. I consulted my doctor for this issue, and he advised me to do a stool test. The reports showed the presence of occult blood. I am worried ...  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern, and I will help you with it. Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional disorder, and it does not have an organic cause. I have thoroughly read the history you have provided. Kindly share the results of all the investigations that...  Read Full »

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