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    I have rectal cancer but have not seen a oncologists til next week I was wondering if a tumor the size of a nickle is big or small for the colon?thank you in advance

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    This might be TMI, Sorry!

    I was diagnosed with IBS in 2004 and been living with it since. I was dealing with painful bowel movements but they were regular. I found out I was pregnant in Feb 2011. During that time I would have constipation and some rectal bleeding and my doctor said it was due to straining and it would go away. He had me drink OJ, Prune Juice and take stool softeners on a regular and it did not really help. October 2011 I had a C section. The bleeding continued and so did the constipation. I continued to try prune Juice, OJ and stool softeners and still noting. It has seemed to get worse over time.
    Now my bowel movements are once every week or two weeks. Now my stomach is bloating and I am having a lot of gas and mucus and blood is coming out. It will feel like I have to have a movement but when I go all that comes out is Mucus and blood. But when I do have a movement the lower left side of my abdomen hurts very bad to the point I cry and have to rub my stomach and try and help it move down, but it ends up being very very soft and flat. Once I start going it keeps coming like Diarrhea and hurts extremely bad. I am now so so tired all the time, my blood pressure is up and down, I feel very light headed all the time and dull achy pain in my legs often.

    I was seen in quick care because of my legs and blood pressure. They did a blood count and a back X-ray to see if the pains in my legs are associated with my back. Back X-ray is fine and blood count was normal except potassium is a little low. So they told me to follow up with my primary Dr.

    I went to the Dr. July 2012 (don't ask why I waited until now - 9 months later). He asked me a bunch of questions and told him exactly what I have said above. He said it does not seem to be IBS and that something else is going on. BUT WHAT??? He sent me to have and abdominal X-Ray to see if there was obstruction. The Finding was.....

    FINDINGS: Bowel gas pattern is nonspecific, no obstructive. Moderate amount of fecal material seen throughout the colon. No dilated loops of bowel present. No abnormal calcifications seen. No evidence of organomegaly. No osseous abnormality is seen. No free air is identified. No air-fluid level is seen.

    IMPRESSION: Moderate amount of fecal material seen throughout the colon.

    I hate feeling like this and knowing every time I feel I have to have a movement nothing will come out! I find myself in the bathroom at least 6-7 times a day. I find myself also avoiding food because it won’t come out. I am so emotionally and physically exhausted from all of this.

    I am now waiting on the referral to the Gastroenterologist. I am a little worried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anginaberryz View Post
    hi,
    colorectal cancer, commonly known as colon cancer or bowel cancer, is a cancer from uncontrolled cell growth in the colon or rectum, or in the appendix. Genetic analysis shows that colon and rectal tumours are essentially genetically the same cancer. Symptoms of colorectal cancer typically include rectal bleeding and anemia which are sometimes associated with weight loss and changes in bowel habits.
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    Family history risk

    Hi everyone,
    My father died of colorectal cancer at the age of 32. I don't remember much about it, I was 7 when he past. I think I heard it probably started developing in his early 20's but was already very advanced by the time it was discovered. I am starting to fear for my health after reading about increased risk being related to someone diagnosed (especially before the age of 50). What concerns me most is that I ocasionally have rectal bleeding when I use the bathroom (sometimes it's just a few drops, other times the toilet water is stained red). I have a fairly healthy diet, though it's low in fiber, I hope that explains the bleeding. I am also very active, playing baseball in college. Would you suggest going to my doctor for tests immediately? I have had the same doctor my entire life and he knows my family history very well but we have not begun running tests yet, but if these are possible symptoms I would like to know if I should get tested soon.

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    Joe S.

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    joe,
    Sorry you have these understandable concerns with a family history of CRC.
    I think you have answered your own question regarding getting checked out.
    we are not medical professionals so we can't even suggest a diagnosis, nor would a doctor dream of providing any suggestions on line.
    The only way is to get checked out by a doctor.
    If in the unlikely event you are diagnosed with CRC then please come back and we will try and provide you with all the help and support we can.
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    Wish we had known

    Thank you so much for posting these signs and symptoms. This is so incredibly important. My mum was diagnosed in March at Stage IV. The colon Cancer had spread to her liver, lungs and brain which gave us little time. Unfortunately my Mum never took her symptoms seriously. She had her Gall Bladder out ten years ago which meant she did have symptoms that she attributed to this instead of the Colon Cancer. She use to get pains and attacks of diarrhoea which she thought was from having no Gall Bladder because the doctors said it could happen. By the time the Cancer was found, it was far too late. If only we knew about Colon Cancer sooner. There was no history in the family, no way of knowing and ignoring the signs turned out to be the worst thing in the world. She now has been given just 10-12 weeks left and my family has been torn apart. In Australia, you can get free bowel cancer testing kits from your chemist and you can find it early.
    I never thought my family would be thrown into turmoil from bowel cancer. So much pain, so much anger, so much regret.

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    I have what I believe is stage 1 (2CM) POLYP with 90% cancer (clean margin underneath) and they are still trying to get me to go to a surgeon and have 12 inches or more of my colon taken out (as a precaution) saying to check lymph nodes...yet much of what I've read on line states if complete removal during colonoscopy then that should be enough...yet surgeons want to remove many lymph nodes and "check". Not an expert here but when you have sun cancer they take the growth off they don't recommend removal of arm or other body parts to "check lymph nodes". Isn't there a less invasive way of checking to see if it's spread to lymph nodes if polyp completely removed and clear margin underneath? Debbie

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    Debbie

    Please see thread I started for you with your question.
    The title of the thread is TO DDT

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    I am another person who is worried about having colon cancer. I am not the type to ever ignore symptoms, and went to my doctor very soon after discovering I was having rectal bleeding. I was told it was likely haemorrhoids and was sent on my way. I went back again when it got worse, and was given a referral to a GI specialist.

    I wrote this post in the other section of the forum about worrying about possible cancer. I hope it's okay that I am reposting it here. I am just trying so hard to reach out to someone who might understand what I'm going through.

    I had a colonscopy last month, which I thought was totally fine, as no lesions were found. I got a call today from a nurse who said there were adenoma cells found in my colon tissue, from a random biopsy they took during the scope. I had the colonoscopy because of mucus during bowel movements, but more so due to rectal bleeding which starts a few days before my period, and tapers off after my period ends. I've done a bit of googling, and it seems that endometriosis can cause cyclical rectal bleeding, so I was assuming that was the problem, but now that I have this new info about the adenoma, I'm freaking out a bit.

    I am going for a confocal colonoscopy next to have a better look at the tissue, and I'm so worried that they will find cancerous cells, because the random biopsy is what caught the adenoma cells, and nothing out of ordinary was visible during the scope. My colonscopy was very painful and I was diagnosed with a tortuous colon. I remember the entire procedure and I'm afraid of that too. I know it'll be worth it, but does anyone have anything to suggest to make it a better experience?

    Does anyone have a similar experience to share, or any opinions on this?

    I'm also in the process of doing some serious fertility treatments to conceive my second child, which really complicates things. I am gearing up to do IVF in the spring of 2014.

    Anyways, thank you for reading. I know you get posts like this all the time. I just don't know where to turn to get this off my chest, as I don't want to worry my friends and family since it's not actually cancer at this point, and it's a pretty private topic.

 

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