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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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My 69-year-old mother suffers from colon cancer. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, My mom is 69 years old, smoker and she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She used to suffer from her stomach pain and we ended up doing a colonoscopy for it and the doctor found a tumor. We need to know what is the best way to help her and what is recommended in her case? Should the docto...  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the reports of your mother (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As per reports she has a sigmoid colon cancer. There is no distant spread of cancer (not spread outside colon) as per CT scan reports. The report is also showing multiple re...  Read Full »

Can iron deficiency anemia be improved with supplements in stomach or colon cancer patient?

Query: Hi doctor,A week ago I made a complete blood test to check whether my iron deficiency was improving. I have used B12 and iron supplements. In addition to this, the doctor told me that I had a UTI and gave me pills. Though UTI did not seem like it has gone away, and another thing is that, after I am ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your query and here is my advise. Your attached report (attachment removed to protect patient identity) showing improvement in iron parameters and hemoglobin level. So your anemia is improving. Read below answers for your questions: In stomach cance...  Read Full »

I see blood in my stool. Do I have colon cancer?

Query: Hello Doctor, I am a 26-year-old male and is 229 pounds and 5 feet 9 inches tall. I have blood in my stools whenever I have spicy food. I have diarrhea that increases when I am stressed. I have been feeling dizzy for the last week now but I do not know if this is because of the stress and anxiety I...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to, I read your query and understand your concern. After a careful review of your health query, I want to add that many different possibilities are to be ruled out and for that further probing is mandatory here. If this is due to stomach ulcers (open sores that develop o...  Read Full »

My grandmother suffers from stage 4 colon cancer with liver metastasis. What is the prognosis?

Query: Hello doctor, My grandmother, 74, suffers from stage 4 colon cancer with liver metastasis. She had weakness and a cough for the past week. She was taken to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She also has some memory loss and hand tremors. The fever has subsided. Will she be able...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Colon cancer stage 4 with liver metastasis is advanced with a very poor prognosis but requires good palliative care. Pneumonia has certain symptoms like fever, productive cough, and wheezing. This could have happened du...  Read Full »

My CEA values are increasing while on chemotherapy. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,On chemotherapy, CEA is rising. The patient had colon cancer surgery last year and was in the third stage. A PET scan showed one metastasis in the liver of 16 mm and one distant node. The chemotheraphy was started last year. CEA is rising instead of decreasing. The CEA values were 9.8, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Stage III colon cancer will have elevated CEA (carcinoembryonic antigen) levels. However, following surgery and on chemotherapy, it should gradually come down. 10 is not very high. Still, post-surgery the standards should have been around six. Now since it is increas...  Read Full »

I noticed a small amount of blood in my stool. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I noticed a small amount of blood in my stool. The blood was not bright in color, meaning that it was not due to hemorrhoids or anal fissures, and I am uncertain whether it may be related to consuming pomegranate juice two days ago. Can diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or...  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. 1. Inflammation bowel disease and colon cancer did not present as occasional per rectal bleeding. Usually, symptoms are relatively prolonged. There is mucus and blood mixed with mucous in inflammatory bowel disease, and colon cancer is rel...  Read Full »

Are bloody stool and abdominal pain suggestive of colon cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old female who is awaiting a colonoscopy. I was diagnosed with GI bleeding after having a history of blood in my stools. I had abdominal pain, diarrhea, loose ribbon-like stools, fatigue, and an unusual weight loss of around 23 pounds in two months. I am also experiencin...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I also appreciate your thorough explanation of symptoms. To begin with, as you are only 28 years old, your chances of developing cancer are extremely low. Your symptoms appear to be ulcerative colitis, which can only be ...  Read Full »

I have periodic blood in my stool. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have periodic blood coming out of my stool once a month for the last one year. It is very periodic and is not regular. Along with that, I recently developed frequent indigestion and stomach burning sensation. I do have a history of gastric issues though. Now, I am really confused if I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern as bleeding along with stool (bleeding per rectum) is a major concern for any individual. Do not worry much as there are more noncancerous causes of bleeding per rectum than cancerous causes in your age group. So, you need thorough investi...  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

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 identity). ...  Read Full »

Does mucus in stools indicate any cancer or liver disease?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old male. For the last three weeks, I have been having the urge to poop. But, only mucus would come out. I have had blood tests and stool samples taken and everything was normal except the following. I had a high lymphocyte count of 3.3, high bilirubin count of 1.6 and low...  Read Full »

Dr. Kagathara Happy Kumar Devkaranbhai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The symptoms of colon cancer are blood in stool, altered bowel habit that is intermittent constipation and diarrhea, mild and occasional abdominal pain (depending on the site of the cancer), decrease appetite and weight loss. Mucus in stool either indicates inflamm...  Read Full »

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