Patient Comments: Colon Cancer – Symptoms

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We went to the doctor for about a year. They kept telling us it was ulcers, indigestion , etc. Finally they did CT scans and a colonoscopy and found a massive tumor . It was attaching to his liver and pelvic bone. They did surgery and thankfully he has been in remission for 7 years. Was this comment helpful? About a week later I had diarrhea again. My first thought was the stomach flu came back. After about 2 weeks of diarrhea bright red blood started to occur. I went to the doctor and she submitted me the same day for a CT scan followed by a colonoscopy a couple of days later. CT scan showed a shadow on my liver and colonoscopy revealed a malignant growth in my rectum a cancerous polyp in the colon. Followed by another CT scan and eventually a PET scan the diagnosis was stage 4 metastatic colon cancer that has spread to the liver. 2nd opinion at City of Hope came to the same conclusion. I was told it had spread only to the liver.

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Final Stage Colon Cancer Symptoms

For example, people who consumed an extra 90 grams of whole grains a day also had a 20 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer, according to the British Medical Journal review. However, that same study didn’t show a link between eating fiber from fruits and vegetables and a lowered colorectal cancer risk, meaning there may be something else in whole grains at work, too. Take Aspirin Researchers from the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that people who take aspirin once a day have a 30 percent decreased risk of dying from colorectal cancer, if taken for at least a nine-month period. And, the benefit extended to after a person had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. The researchers found that people who had already been diagnosed and who took aspirin had a 23 percent decreased risk of dying from the disease, compared with people who didn’t take it at all. Eat Chocolate (Maybe) The Daily Mail reported on a study in mice, published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, showing that rats exposed to a carcinogen developed fewer colon cancer lesions than rats if they consumed high-cocoa diets. “Being exposed to different poisons in the diet like toxins, mutagens and procarcinogens, the intestinal mucus is very susceptible to pathologies,” study researcher Maria Angeles Martin Arribas, a researcher at the Institute of Food Science and Technology and Nutrition, said in a statement. “Foods like cocoa, which is rich in polyphenols, seems to play an important role in protecting against disease.” However, it’s important to note that this effect was tested only on mice. Consume Ginger Root Research published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research showed that taking 2 grams of ginger root supplement every day might have colon cancer-preventing powers. The researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School found that taking ginger root supplements helped to minimize signs of inflammation of the colon, which has been connected to colon cancer. Go To A Classical Music-Loving Doctor A study from the University of Texas Health Science Center showed that doctors who conduct colonoscopies while listening to Mozart are more likely to find polyps, which can lead to colon cancer, ABC News reported. The study showed that polyp-detection increased to 36.7 percent from 27.16 percent when the doctors listened to Mozart. Exercise Regularly A study in the journal Cancer Causes & Control showed that people who exercise or play sports five or more times a week can lower their risk of developing colorectal cancer, compared with those who don’t exercise regularly (or at all), Johns Hopkins University reported.

Why exercise might reduce colon cancer risk isn’t well understood. It may be because exercise enhances the immune system or because it reduces levels of insulin and insulin-like growth factors, all of which have been associated with colon cancer risk.

Eat Your Veggies A number of studies have linked the consumption of cruciferous vegetables with a decreased risk of colorectal cancer, Oregon State University reported, though the effect may depend on a person’s genetic risk. In particular, a study published in 2000 in the American Journal of Epidemiology, showed that people who ate the most cruciferous veggies in a day (about 58 grams per day, on average) had a lower risk of colon cancer compared with people who ate the fewest cruciferous veggies in a day (about 11 grams per day, on average), Oregon State University reported.

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Bowel Cancer Diagnosis Delayed As Patients Fail To Recognise Symptoms And Feel Embarrassment

There are roughly 100,000 new cases of colon cancer in the United States every year, according to the American Cancer Society. Roughly 45,000 patients will die of colon cancer every year. Patients with final stage colon cancer (also known as stage IV colon cancer) have the lowest survival rate among colon cancer patients. Pain Patients with final stage colon cancer may experience pain in the bone, as the cancer has spread to the bone. Patients may experience pain in the back or in the rib. Pain tends to be localized and continuous. In some cases, patients may suffer from bone fracture due to metastatic colon cancer in the bone. If the cancer has spread to the brain, patients may experience severe headache, blurred vision, dizziness, confusion and disorientation. Computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to scan the brain and to determine the extent of the tumor in the head. Jaundice (yellowing of skin), fever, loss of appetite, swelling of the leg or abdominal pain may indicate that the liver has been affected. You Might Also Like Types of Colon Cancer Weight Loss Patients with final stage colon cancer may experience losing weight of 10 percent or more, according to a 2004 review published in “Family Practice.” Weight loss is also an indication of metastatic cancer in the liver. Shortness of Breath Shortness of breath is an indication that the cancer has spread to the lung. Other indications of metastatic colon cancer in the lung include chest pain, cough and cough producing bloody sputum. Other Symptoms Patients may observe bubbles in the urine (pneumateria). This is the sign that the cancer affects the bladder. Patients with final stage colon cancer might also have symptoms that are common to colon cancer, such as rectal bleeding, constipation, fatigue, anemia, obstruction and diarrhea, according to a 2004 review published in “American Journal of Gastroenterology.” Roughly 50 to 70 percent of colon cancer patients experience rectal bleeding and changes in bowel habit.

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