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Rent the eBook. FAQ Policy. About this book This book aims to provide an up-to-date review of the literature in each of the major areas relating to the management of older colorectal cancers patients, and makes recommendations for best practice and future research. Show all. Show next xx. Recommended for you. Therefore, this test can give a false negative result. Blood may also be present because of other illnesses or conditions, such as hemorrhoids.
Some foods may suggest blood in the colon, when in fact, none was present. This test analyzes several DNA markers that colon cancers or precancerous polyps cells shed into the stool. Patients may be given a kit with instructions on how to collect a stool sample at home. This has to be brought back to the doctor's office. It is then sent to a laboratory. This test is more accurate for detecting colon cancer than polyps, but it cannot detect all DNA mutations that indicate that a tumor is present. The doctor uses a sigmoidoscope, a flexible, slender and lighted tube, to examine the patient's rectum and sigmoid.
The sigmoid colon is the last part of the colon, before the rectum. The test takes a few minutes and is not painful, but it might be uncomfortable. There is a small risk of perforation of the colon wall. If the doctor detects polyps or colon cancer, a colonoscopy can then be used to examine the entire colon and take out any polyps that are present.
These will be examined under a microscope. A sigmoidoscopy will only detect polyps or cancer in the end third of the colon and the rectum.
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It will not detect a problem in any other part of the digestive tract. Barium is a contrast dye that is placed into the patient's bowel in an enema form, and it shows up on an X-ray. In a double-contrast barium enema, air is added as well. The barium fills and coats the lining of the bowel, creating a clear image of the rectum, colon, and occasionally of a small part of the patient's small intestine. A flexible sigmoidoscopy may be done to detect any small polyps the barium enema X-ray may miss. If the barium enema X-ray detects anything abnormal, the doctor may recommend a colonoscopy.
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A colonoscope is longer than a sigmoidoscope. It is a long, flexible, slender tube, attached to a video camera and monitor. The doctor can see the whole of the colon and rectum. Any polyps discovered during this exam can be removed during the procedure, and sometimes tissue samples, or biopsies, are taken instead. A colonoscopy is painless, but some patients are given a mild sedative to calm them down. Before the exam, they may be given laxative fluid to clean out the colon. An enema is rarely used. Bleeding and perforation of the colon wall are possible complications, but extremely rare.
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A CT machine takes images of the colon, after clearing the colon. If anything abnormal is detected, conventional colonoscopy may be necessary.
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This procedure may offer patients at increased risk of colorectal cancer an alternative to colonoscopy that is less-invasive, better-tolerated, and with good diagnostic accuracy. Ultrasound or MRI scans can help show if the cancer has spread to another part of the body. The frequency depends on the type of test. A study published in the journal Cell has suggested that aspirin could be effective in boosting the immune system in patients suffering from breast, skin and bowel cancer. A gene linked to bowel cancer recurrence and shortened survival could help predict outcomes for patients with the gene - and take scientists a step closer to development of personalized treatments, reveals research in the journal Gut.
A study published in Science found that oranges' worth of vitamin C impairs cancer cells , suggesting that the power of vitamin C could one day be harnessed to fight colorectal cancer. Researchers have found that drinking coffee every day - even decaffeinated coffee - may lower the risk of colorectal cancer. Article last updated by Yvette Brazier on Tue 9 January Visit our Colorectal Cancer category page for the latest news on this subject, or sign up to our newsletter to receive the latest updates on Colorectal Cancer.
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