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Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

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  • Blood in stool

  • Stools looks like strawberry jam

  • Stool looks like raspberry jelly

  • Stringy poop

  • Poop looks like strawberry jam

  • Poo looks like currant jelly

  • Pencil thin stools

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What is Colon Cancer?

Cancer of the large intestine which is the final part of the digestive tumors. It often grows from non-cancerous polyps in the intestine. Both polyps and colon cancers can be found during colonoscopy (camera test of colon). Symptoms can include blood in stool, diarrhea or constipation or both, or abdominal pain but many times there are no symptoms and the cancer is found on colonoscopy. It can be easily treated in early stages, so the general population is encouraged to get screened with colonoscopy and sometimes stool tests. Risk factors include a family history of colon cancer or polyps, or a personal history of abnormal polyps, low-fiber high-fat diets, some inflammatory bowel diseases, diabetes, obesity, and lack of exercise.

Typical Symptoms of Colon Cancer

  • Blood in stool

  • Stool has become narrower in caliber, like a pencil

  • Previously diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis

  • History of abnormal colonoscopy, i.e. colon camera

  • Diagnosed with Crohn's disease in the past

  • Stomach pain or tummy ache in a specific place

  • Feeling the need to pass motion even though nothing comes out

  • Lump or swelling in the abdomen/stomach

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Colon Cancer

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Do you have blood in your stool?

  • Is your stool thin and narrow like a pencil?

  • Have you been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis?

  • Have you ever had any issues with a colonoscopy?

  • Have you been diagnosed with Crohn's disease?

Treatmentof Colon Cancer

In most cases a gastroenterologist will diagnose the tumor with a biopsy during colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy. They will then order CT scans and MRIs and will refer the patient to a colorectal surgeon. A medical oncologist may be consulted to discuss recommendations for chemotherapy before or after surgery and sometimes a radiation oncologist will give radiotherapy to the area. Since the types of treatment can include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination of these, it is often important to be treated by a multidisciplinary team, particularly in the case of rectal cancers.

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References

  • Mayo Clinic: Colon Cancer

    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/colon-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20353669

  • NCI: Colorectal Cancers, Patient Version

    https://www.cancer.gov/types/colorectal

  • Colorectal Alliance:What is Colorectal Cancer

    https://www.ccalliance.org/colorectal-cancer-information/what-is-colorectal-cancer

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Reviewed By:

Robin Schoenthaler, MD

Robin Schoenthaler, MD (Oncology)

Board certified radiation oncologist with over 30 years experience treating cancer patients. Senior physician advisor for expert medical options in adult oncology. Published award-winning essayist on medical and health issues and more.

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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