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How accurate is FIT for colon test?

Query: Hello doctor, I am due for my colonoscopy next Thursday. I am a 57-year-old woman. My last colonoscopy was normal. For the past week, I have been taking home tests. Now I know these are not 100% reliable that, of course, the colonoscopy is the finite test that will give the answers you need. Ho...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and there is certainly a very faint line, but in my opinion, it should be considered as negative. Such faint line should not be considered as significant and positive and can be seen in ...  Read Full »

Can multiple gastric problems be a preindicator of colon cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband has been having a lot of issues in the past year. He does have a history of colon cancer in his family and I am more concerned. He gets excessively bloated (looks like a pregnant lady) very often. He gets bad gas that causes pressure on his chest. Sometimes he will have pro...  Read Full »

Dr. Lalit Bansal

General Surgeon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is good that you are concerned regarding your husband with a positive family history. We should be alert for any conditions if they are running in the family. As per you, your husband has multiple gastric problems with back pain and numbness. These problems may be...  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

Family Physician, General Practitioner

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 »

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

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

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 »

My mother had undergone laparotomy. Please advice on her biopsy reports.

Query: Hello doctor,My mother has been operated two months before. She was suffering from constipation, and the doctor found a tumor in the CT scan. Some operation called laparotomy was done. After that, she is fine now. The stool is passing through the stoma. After the biopsy report, I have been asked to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Dinesh Kumar

Surgical Oncologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to So she has colonic carcinoma. As you told, she is passing stool through the stoma, that gives me the impression that probably she was not surgically fit at the time of surgery to complete operation in one stage. As per the cancer stage, she needs to undergo cancer ch...  Read Full »

I had an abdomen CT scan with contrast. Would colon cancer be seen on pelvic CT scan?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been having some chronic abdominal discomfort in my stomach, and occasionally in my chest for several weeks. Also irritable bowels. Before this, I took a six-week course of Ampicillin for what was perceived to be prostatitis. Had an abdomen CT scan with contrast because of testic...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I do not know why you are getting worried about colon cancer? These are not symptoms of colon cancer. As far as your query is concerned, colon cancer may or may not be detected on CT scan based on the stage of cancer. But in most cases, one can see abnormal growth ov...  Read Full »

Other than colonoscopy, what are the tests used to rule out colon or rectal cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I have hemorrhoids for a few years. My doctor has suggested me a colonoscopy to rule out cancer. Is there any simple test available to rule out colon or rectal cancer? Please mention an opinion regarding stool occult blood test.  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Medical Oncologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, you get an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) abdomen done. You can have a presence of mass when you have a colon or rectal cancer. If there is a mass seen, then you can do a colonoscopy. You can also do a CEA (carcinoembryonic antigen) as CEA show an increa...  Read Full »

Kindly clarify if I am suffering from 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. Happykumar Kagathara

Medical Gastroenterologist, Surgical Gastroenterologist

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 inflammatory b...  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 a...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

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 »

Does the CT scan mean any infective or neoplastic etiology?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother had CT scan done today and report says following: Lobulated hypodense SOL's in the peritoneal cavity in the left paracolic region measuring 5.6x3.8 cm and 3.0x3.0 cm, with mild perilesional fat stranding. Infective or neoplastic etiology? The doctor thinks it is cancer tumor...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In CT scan report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), space occupying lesion is present. Hence malignancy has to be ruled out here. For that CT or USG-guided biopsy has to be taken and send it for histopathology examination. By histopathology report, t...  Read Full »

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