Cancer Treatment in India, Colon Cancer

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Colon Cancer Treatment:

Colon Cancer occurs when there is uncontrolled cell growth in the large intestine. Mostly it grows out of tumors known as adenomatous polyps that occur in the walls of the large intestine.

Major causes of colon cancer include polyps, genes, traits, habits, diet and other medical factors. Cancer Treatment in India involves diagnosis and starting of the treatment process.

Types of Colon Cancer:

The types of colon cancer include:

1. Primary colorectal lymphomas
2. Gastrointestinal stromal tumors
3. Lecomyosarcomas
4. Carcinold tumors
5. Melanomas

Colon Cancer Symptoms:

  • Weight loss Anemia
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood in the stool
  • Stool consistency change
  • Diarrhea or constipation maybe experienced
  • Stools maybe narrow
  • Bowel movement pain
  • Fatigue

Diagnosis of Colon Cancer

For a diagnosis full physical examination and also personal examination and family medical histories may be examined. The diagnosis is done after an endoscopy is conducted.

Endoscopy is a procedure for examining a person’s digestive tract using an endoscope. In the case for diagnosing colon cancer an endoscopy known as sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is done.

It involves inserting a long flexible tube with a camera on one end into the rectum for inspecting the colon inside. When polyps are found inside the colon are removed and further examined under a microscope so as to detect any cancerous cells.

The process of endoscopy begins with the patient staying without food or drinks for a number of hours before the procedure.

Through the rectum a liquid containing the element barium is injected to the colon to line the intestine then an X-ray is done of both the colon and the rectum.

The element will show white color on X-ray tumors and it will show dark outlines on polyps. To know how far the cancer has spread chest X-rays, CT scans of the lungs, liver and abdomen are done. In other cases a blood test is done to determine whether carcinoembryonic antigen which is a substance produced by some cancer cells.

The stage of cancer is determined after diagnosis and this helps in knowing choices available for treatment and it also informs prognoses. The staging method of cancer is called TNM system.

T shows how the intestine has been invaded by the cancer cells.

N shows the degree to which cancer has spread to the nearby lymph nodes.

M shows whether cancer has spread to other body organs.

Colon cancer is also grouped according to TNM classification 0 to IV. 0 Tis, N0, M0 where (Tis) is carcinoma this is when the tumor is in the inner layer of the colon or rectum only. N (Mi) shows cancer that has spread to other organs throughout the body.

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Getting care for symptoms and side effects

Cancer and its treatment often cause side effects. In addition to treatment to slow, stop, or eliminate the cancer, an important part of cancer care is relieving a person’s symptoms and side effects. This approach is called palliative or supportive care, and it includes supporting the patient with his or her physical, emotional, and social needs.

Palliative care is any treatment that focuses on reducing symptoms, improving quality of life, and supporting patients and their families. Any person, regardless of age or type and stage of cancer, may receive palliative care. It works best when palliative care is started as early as needed in the cancer treatment process.

People often receive treatment for the cancer and treatment to ease side effects at the same time. In fact, patients who receive both often have less severe symptoms, better quality of life, and report they are more satisfied with treatment.

Palliative treatments vary widely and often include medication, nutritional changes, relaxation techniques, emotional support, and other therapies. You may also receive palliative treatments similar to those meant to eliminate the cancer, such as chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation therapy. Talk with your doctor about the goals of each treatment in your treatment plan.

Before treatment begins, talk with your health care team about the possible side effects of your specific treatment plan and palliative care options. And during and after treatment, be sure to tell your doctor or another health care team member if you are experiencing a problem so it can be addressed as quickly as possible. Learn more about palliative care.