A website to provide support for people who have or have had any type of cancer, for their caregivers and for their family members.
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Is colorectal cancer a possibility?

  1. #1
    Newbie New User
    Join Date
    May 2019
    Posts
    3

    Is colorectal cancer a possibility?

    Hi everyone,

    I am 25 years old and I have had blood in my stools for over 1 year now. The first incident occurred in March 2018, where I was admitted to the hospital for EGD + colonoscopy after I showed the ER doc my toilet photo. They found nothing and diagnosed me with “unknown intestinal hemorrhage”. I have history of gastritis from an EGD + colonoscopy done in 2014.

    Fast forward to October 2018. I was finding bowel movements to be particularly and increasingly painful. Having to strain, rectal burning and pain before and after, thin stools, and maroon colored blood and clots in the toilet and on the paper after wiping. I finally brought this up to my PCP during a routine pap and she did a rectal exam to check for hemorrhoids (which I thought was the cause of my symptoms). Was surprised when she said I had “stricture” and referred me to a general surgeon.

    I was then booked for an exam under anesthesia and sigmoidoscopy. That exam revealed that I had moderate stricture and friable anal mucosa that bled upon palpation and a tiny hemorrhoid which was removed.

    I am still having blood with every single bowel movement, mucous, clots, pain. Can’t think of any reason as to why I would have anal stricture either. I have experienced an increase in bowel movements (used to be once every 2-3 days, now twice a day), difficulty emptying my bowels fully, straining to pass small amounts of stool, loose stools with weird texture.

    I am booked for a full colonoscopy in two weeks and also dealing with a separate gallbladder issue (HIDA scan + surgical removal being planned) but was told by ER docs that it is not related to my GI bleeding. Not sure what to think at this point.

    Hopefully someone can share a similar experience and offer me some insight. Thank you

  2. #2
    Super Moderator Top User Baz10's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    5,438
    Welcome to the place nobody really wants to be.
    Read your post twice and without any doubt you have issues which need resolving.
    Frankly it is impossible for anyone on here even with the detailed information you have given to make any what would only be a assumption.

    The good aspect is that you’re doctors appear to be proactive.
    Remember although remarkable rare to have CRC at the age of 25 it is always a remote possibility, I stress Remote.
    Hang in with your doctors.
    Barry
    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, current 8.1
    Prostate Cancer confirmed Gleason 3+Marginal 4.
    Active surveillance continues.
    PET CT Aug 2017 indicated lung nodule changes
    CT Guided biopsy 7/09
    November 1 Vats Wedge section pathology Glomulated previous infection
    no Cancer.

    Not all's rosy in the garden, but see following.
    Stop grumbling Baz, your still alive and kicking so far.
    Age and illness doesn't define who we are, but more what we are able to do.
    Motto
    Do what I love doing, when I can until I can't.
    and dodging bullets in the meanwhile, too many bullets at moment.

  3. #3
    Administrator Top User ChemoMan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    9,858
    Blog Entries
    2
    Hi

    You are a bit young to have CRC but it is good this is being followed up. If I may ask a personal question namely what is your diet like ?.. feel free to ignore that if you find it too personal. A diet high in processed foods will do that to you guts so you need to be careful. I remember reading some great advice once... Only eat stuff that your great grand parents would recognize as food, So fresh fruit , meat and veggies and no processed food at all. Give it a try and my apologies if you already have a good diet and get plenty of exercise. I do realize that good diet and lots of exercise are no guarantee but it is a great way to lessen your lifetime risk for developing cancer

    For the record it is unlikely that you have CRC... unlikely but not impossible so continue to follow it up.

    Good luck and let us know the results... it will help others in the future.

    Age 62
    Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma
    Stage 2a Bulky presentation
    Finished six cycles of R chop 21 26th May 2008
    Officially in remission 9th July 2008
    Remission reconfirmed 1st October 2008
    Remission reconfirmed 17th June 2009
    Remission reconfirmed 7th June 2010
    Remission reconfirmed 6th July 2011

    NED AND DECLARED CURED on the 2/01/2013

    No more scheduled visits to the Prof
    http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=9620

    Still alive in 2019 !

    RULE NUMBER 1.....Don't Panic
    RULE NUMBER 2..... Don't forget rule Number 1

    Great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

    I may not have gone where I intended to go,
    but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

  4. #4
    Newbie New User
    Join Date
    May 2019
    Posts
    3
    Thank you for your responses!

    In response to ChemoMan, I generally follow a very healthy diet, mostly fish, veggies + vegetable soups, brown rice, chicken, etc. I probably eat greasy/fatty foods once or twice a month when I go out and about.

    I just had my colonoscopy done and the preliminary report shows that I have a “moderately redundant and moderately tortuous colon (consistent throughout the entire examined colon) with few small-mouth diverticula, two small internal non-bleeding hemorrhoids, and 5mm sessile polyp in descending colon (removed and biopsied”. Now I am awaiting the follow-up with the GI.

    The only thing that I am confused about is I was never aware of having a redundant and tortuous colon during my last colonoscopy a year ago (extra long and extra twisty would be an easier way to imagine it, I guess) and I previously had a proctosigmoidoscopy 3 months ago where ONE small and non-bleeding internal hemorrhoid was also removed and noted to have moderate thickening of the posterior rectal wall (nothing else was mentioned in the op notes), yet I still continued to have blood, blood clots, and mucus with every bowel movement.

    Hoping my bleeding is attributed to the remaining hemorrhoids and that all goes well at my follow-up. Again, thanks for your reassurance and replies

  5. #5
    Super Moderator Top User Baz10's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    5,438
    Overall despite the other issues you mention from the colonoscopy you can I Hope breathe a little easier knowing you don’t have the big C.
    Good luck and echo what you say the bleeding will resolve.
    Barry
    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, current 8.1
    Prostate Cancer confirmed Gleason 3+Marginal 4.
    Active surveillance continues.
    PET CT Aug 2017 indicated lung nodule changes
    CT Guided biopsy 7/09
    November 1 Vats Wedge section pathology Glomulated previous infection
    no Cancer.

    Not all's rosy in the garden, but see following.
    Stop grumbling Baz, your still alive and kicking so far.
    Age and illness doesn't define who we are, but more what we are able to do.
    Motto
    Do what I love doing, when I can until I can't.
    and dodging bullets in the meanwhile, too many bullets at moment.

  6. #6
    Newbie New User
    Join Date
    May 2019
    Posts
    3
    Thank you for the kind words! Just wanted to provide an update to help anyone else reading posts on here with similar symptoms.

    I haven’t heard back from the GI who did my colonoscopy yet (been about two weeks now, should be following up soon), but I did see a general surgeon in regards to my gallbladder so I thought I might bring up my rectal bleeding issue to him to see if he could help. I’m still seeing a good amount of blood with every bowel movement and occasional clots despite the colonoscopy ruled out any source of blood. 🤯

    He did a DRE and it was pretty uncomfortable for me so he wasn’t able to do a complete one. He read my last surgical report and thought it was strange that the doctor released by stricture and removed a tiny hemorrhoid already yet I’m still having pain and bleeding . He did not see any fissures or hemorrhoids upon examination but said he could feel my external sphincter muscles extensively (or something else in that area), which he said he SHOULDN’T suppose to be able to palpate at all. The mucosa did bleed a little as well after exam. Now we are back to not knowing where the blood is coming from but he had a theory that there COULD be a chronic fissure inside the muscle ring. Again, not completely sure. Recommended sphincterotomy to release the severe stricture, and hoping that he doesn’t find anything else thats causing the stricture and bleeding during the process.

    I’m still at lost and hoping there is no underlying malignancy causing my bleeding.

  7. #7
    Super Moderator Top User po18guy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    10,491
    I would look for a blood disorder, since bleeding is on-going and inexplicable.
    05/08-07/08 Tumor appears behind left ear. Followed by serial medical incompetence on the parts of PCP, veteran oncologist and pathologist (misdiagnosis via non-diagnosis). Providential guidance to proper care at an NCI designated comprehensive cancer center.
    07/08 Age 56 DX 1) Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma-Not Otherwise Specified. Stage IV-B, >50 ("innumerable") tumors, bone marrow involvement.
    08/08-12/08 Four cycles CHOEP14 + four cycles GND (Cyclofosfamide, Doxorubicin, Vincristine, Etoposide, Prednisone & Gemcitabine, Navelbine, Doxil)
    02/09 2) Relapse.
    03/09-06/13 Clinical trial of Romidepsin > long-term study. NED for 64 twenty-eight day cycles, dose tapered.
    07/13 3) Relapse, 4) Suspected Mutation.
    08/13-02/14 Romidepsin increased, stopped for lack of response. Watch & Wait.
    09/14 Relapse/Progression. Visible cervical nodes appear within 4 days of being checked clear.
    10/06/14 One cycle Belinostat. Discontinued to enter second clinical trial.
    10/25/14 Clinical trial of Alisertib/Failed - Progression.
    01/12/15 Belinostat resumed/Failed - Progression. 02/23/15
    02/24/15 Pralatrexate/Failed - Progression. 04/17/15
    04/15 Genomic profiling reveals mutation into PTCL-NOS + AngioImmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma. Stage IV-B a second time. Two dozen tumors + small intestine (Ileum) involvement.
    04/22/15 TEC (Bendamustine, Etoposide, Carboplatin). Full response in two cycles. PET/CT both clear. Third cycle followed.
    06/15-07/15 Transplant preparation (X-rays, spinal taps, BMB, blood test, MUGA scan, lung function, CMV screening, C-Diff testing etc. etc. etc.) Intrathecal Methotrexate during spinal tap.
    BMB reveals 5) 26% blast cells of 20q Deletion Myelodysplastic Syndrome MDS), a bone marrow cancer and precursor to Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
    07/11-12/15 Cyclofosfamide + Fludarabine conditioning regimen.
    07/16/15 Total Body Irradiation.
    07/17/15 Moderate intensity Haploidentical Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant receiving my son's peripheral blood stem cells.
    07/21-22/15 Triple dose Cyclofosfamide + Mesna, followed by immunosuppressants Tacrolimus and Mycophenolate Mofetil.
    07/23-08/03/15 Marrow producing zero blood cells. Fever. Hospitalized two weeks.
    08/04/15 Engraftment occurs, and blood cells are measurable - released from hospital.
    08/13/15 Day 26 - Marrow is 100% donor cells. Platelets climbing steadily, red cells follow.
    09/21/15 Acute skin Graft versus Host Disease arrives.
    DEXA scan reveals Osteoporosis.
    09/26/-11/03/15 Prednisone to control skin GvHD.
    11/2015 Acute GvHD re-classified to Chronic Graft versus Host Disease.
    05/2016 Tacrolimus stopped. Prednisone from 30-90mg daily tried. Sirolimus begun. Narrow-band UV-B therapy started, but discontinued for lack of response. One treatment of P-UVAreceived, but halted due to medication reaction.
    09/16/16 Three skin punch biopsies.
    11/04/16 GvHD clinical trial of Ofatumumab (Arzerra) + Prednisone + Methylprednisolone begun.
    12/16 Type II Diabetes, Hypertension - both treatment-related.
    05/17 Extracorporeal Photopheresis (ECP) begun in attempt to control chronic Graft-versus-Host-Disease (cGvHD. 8 year old Power Port removed and replaced with Vortex (Smart) Port for ECP.
    05/2017 Chronic anemia (low hematocrit). Chronic kidney disease. Cataracts from radiation and steroids.
    06/17 Trying various antibiotics in a search for tolerable prophylaxis.
    08/17 Bone marrow biopsy reveals the presence of 2% cells with 20q Deletion Myelodysplastic Syndrome, considered to be Minimum Residual Disease.
    12/17 Bone marrow biopsy reveals no abnormalities in the marrow - MDS eradicated. The steroid taper continues.
    01/18 Consented for Kadmon clinical trial.
    03/18 Began 400mg daily of KD025, a rho-Associated Coiled-coil Kinase 2 Inhibitor (ROCK2).
    09/18 Due to refractory GvHD, Extracorporeal Photopheresis halted after 15 months ue to lack of additional benefit.
    10/18 I was withdrawn from the Kadmon KD025 clinical trial due to increasing fatigue/lack of benefit.
    11/18 Began therapy with Ruxolitinib (Jakafi), a JAK 1&2 inhibitor class drug. Started at half-dose due to concerns with drug interactions.
    11/19 MRI of brain reveals apparently benign frontal lobe tumor. Has the appearance of a cerebral cavernoma. Watch & wait on that.

    To date: 1 cancer, relapse, second relapse/mutation into 2 cancers, then 3 cancers simultaneously, 20 chemotherapy/GVHD drugs in 11 regimens (4 of them at least twice), 5 salvage regimens, 4 clinical trials, 5 post-transplant immuno-suppressant/modulatory drugs, the equivalent of 1,000 years of background radiation from 40+ CT series scans and about 24 PET scans.
    Both lymphoid and myeloid malignancies lend a certain symmetry to the hematological journey.

    Believing in the redemptive value of suffering makes all the difference.

  8. #8
    Super Moderator Top User Baz10's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    5,438
    This may sound a little light but all you can do is go with the flow to try and find out what is the cause.

    having had numerous DRE’s they are never comfortable, especially if one has fissures, which I did.
    Keep us posted on developments
    Barry
    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, current 8.1
    Prostate Cancer confirmed Gleason 3+Marginal 4.
    Active surveillance continues.
    PET CT Aug 2017 indicated lung nodule changes
    CT Guided biopsy 7/09
    November 1 Vats Wedge section pathology Glomulated previous infection
    no Cancer.

    Not all's rosy in the garden, but see following.
    Stop grumbling Baz, your still alive and kicking so far.
    Age and illness doesn't define who we are, but more what we are able to do.
    Motto
    Do what I love doing, when I can until I can't.
    and dodging bullets in the meanwhile, too many bullets at moment.

 

Similar Threads

  1. Scared of the possibility of uterine cancer
    By dalimart958 in forum Worried About Possible Cancer
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-07-2015, 02:08 AM
  2. Possibility of Skin Cancer?
    By phillyfan24 in forum Melanoma and Skin Cancer Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-29-2013, 12:07 AM
  3. What is the possibility of cancer?
    By GoldenBailey in forum Liver Cancer Forum
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 02-25-2011, 07:24 PM
  4. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-23-2005, 04:00 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •