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    Inconsistent stools?

    Is inconsistent stools a colon cancer symptoms?

    For example, for a few days you might have large chunky stools, then another few days you have thin/narrow stools, and then a mix in between, etc. Just never the same constant looking stools.

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    Super Moderator Top User Hope2012's Avatar
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    You have multiple threads asking about symptoms for colon cancer. If you are concerned about it, then go see your doctor as no one here can diagnose you.

    In general, what your stool looks like depends on what you eat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sad View Post
    You have multiple threads asking about symptoms for colon cancer. If you are concerned about it, then go see your doctor as no one here can diagnose you.

    In general, what your stool looks like depends on what you eat.
    Don't jump to conclusions. I'm asking general questions - not looking for a diagnosis. And FYI, I've been to my doctor 3 times.

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    mankady- then all theyre asking is for you to share some of your experience so far -this way the input you get back will be more than general- cant give you much more back than general if all your questions are general- understand? thats all no biggie Sad wasnt jumping all over you just trying to figure out as most of us were-wherei t was going. tell us a bit about your journey so far then maybe someone can better relate to your questions.
    MOMS Journey
    April06- Emergencysurgery,exploratory,10units blood,largetumor and 10inches of colon removed,temp.colostomy.diagnosed stage IV colon.
    Oct06-radiation,surgery,several lymphs,cervix,1 ovary,fallopian,40% remaining colon,large tumor to adipose tissue,appendix,gallbladder removed.permant colostomy/iliostomy
    April 07-xeloda-overdose
    surgery-1/3liver,partial diaphra, removed clipped and questionable spots oblated.
    port-port rejection-port removed 1week.
    picc line,5fu,oxyplatin,camptosar.
    Oct-08-surgery-remaining ovary engulfed in tumor,partial bone scrape.
    transfusion central line TPN 1 month.
    oct-09-surgery tumor ,colon and jejuneum removed.
    xeloda reduced. severe dehydration,heart attack.
    mar-11 return to original site-oxyplatin,5fu
    dec-28-blood transfusion
    dec-30-back to chemo erbitux camtosar
    Jan-16 injections neulasta and aranesp
    feb 21-Tumor found stomach,liver, and liver "hot spots" inflamed lymph in rt ureter in kidney causing obstruction-surgery schedualed Mar 16.
    march 16/12-no more kidney obstruction not lymph ...dehydration is causing blockage, two litters blood for anemia, stomach liver tumor small-med,abalation, 1 hidden tumor deep in muscle mass on side flank(hid from scans) -gone!
    june/15/12-blood transfusion
    starting a regimine of celebrex
    aug/16/12-blood transfusion
    aug/30-12 discontinued celebrex -failure one kidney. needed to see urologist
    sept/10-12-good urologist report one kidney functioning well for now.
    oct/23/12-chemo pill Stivarga(regorafenib)
    Nov/22/12-blood transfusion
    dec/18/12-blood transfusion chemo pill dosage cut back to 1 pill.
    Feb/21/13 neulasta injection
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    mar/20/13-arenespt injection rehydration and magnesium IV
    mar/21/13-acute renal failure-kidney infection
    april/1/13.-recovery from 4 day coma infection cleared/4 units blood/ off stivarga/starting rehab therapy,
    swollen hand no apparent reason black spots in vision off and on. both cleared up.
    may/22/13-home oxycodone for pain shoulder neck arm
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    june24/13-last day of radiation-on steroids
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    july 23/13 vicodin cut in half blood transfusion.
    sept/6/13-off all pain meds since late aug
    scan results fracture in spine mid back
    sept/12/13-spine healing on its own,weaning off steroids, no visible tumors.
    nov/7/13-edema both legs and one arm on lasix since oct.
    nov/21/13- leg edema subsiding still alot in one arm- she is talking but keeps her eyes closed. achy but no major pain. nurse and aide to visit once a week schedualed. having trouble standing.
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    Super Moderator Top User Baz10's Avatar
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    No one on here is going to jump to conclusions, however numerous generalised questions on different threads you have posted doesn't allow anyone to make a formative response.
    You may have been to your doc on 3 occasions but obviously you haven't got the answers from the doctor you are looking for.
    This begs the question what answer(s) are you wanting.
    If you are unhappy with your doctors involvement or diagnosis, then please arrange to see another and get a second opinion.
    Stool formation as Sad says is normally directly linked to the type of food you consume. Only you know historically your bowel habits.
    If you get long term watery stools of pencil type stools or a dramatic change in your bowel function, then yes this needs investigating.
    I do suggest instead of posting unlinked threads do as Sheila suggests and give us some linked history, BUT only a doctor can listen to your history then suggest any relevant tests to come up with a diagnosis.
    Good luck
    Diagnosed stage 3 March 011
    Radical resection April 011
    Restaged 2b April 011.
    12/09 Colonoscopy clear but picked up hospital infection.
    Aorta & femoral arteries occluded.
    Clot buster drugs put me in ICU with internal bleeding. 9 blood units later they got it under control.
    Aortobifemoral surgery 5th May. yughh.
    PET scan indicates clear
    DEXA bone scan clear
    13/5 CT showed "unknown" but no concern from docs.
    Inguinal lymph nodes and severe groin pain.
    Ultrasound and MRI show no nasties. Pheww
    Groin pain and enlarged lymph nodes still there.
    October -still the same pains but under semi control.
    Additional chest CT scan ordered for 11th November prior to surgery.
    Sinus surgery done and dusted.
    July 2014 PSA at 5.10. 2months of antibiotics in case of UTI, jan 2015 PSA at 7.20, 23/08 now 8.2.
    Prostate Cancer confirmed Gleason 3+4.
    Active surveillance ceased and intervention recommended.
    PET CT Aug 2017 indicated lung nodule changes
    CT Guided biopsy 07/09 to be done.
    Just a little recurrence and another 20 cm of colon vanished under the knife.

    Not all's rosy in the garden, but see following.
    Stop grumbling Baz, your still alive and kicking so far.
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