Many of us have heard that metastatic colon cancer is very dangerous and the cancer may spread to the liver. This condition is very rare; however it has been reported in many cases. One of the reasons for this is the large number of people who do not have the knowledge they need to know about colon cancer and its prevention. There are several symptoms that can signal that a person has this cancer. Therefore, it is necessary to get the right diagnosis and treatment before the condition worsens.
Some of these symptoms include: abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. These are just some of the possible signs that a person may experience. There are other symptoms that have been reported, however, these are just a few. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and they are coupled with abdominal pain, blood in the urine or semen or if there are unexplained weight loss, please visit your doctor immediately to ensure that you do not have a colon cancer that has spread to the liver.
The most common type of colon cancer that spreads to the liver is called carcinoma in situ or adenocarcinoma. It is caused by a malignant tumor that has formed in the lining of the colon which is known as carcinoma in situ. This type of colon cancer is very serious. However, it responds very well to surgery. Chemotherapy, however, may be recommended to treat it.
Another type of colon cancer that may spread to the liver is referred to as colorectal cancer metastasis. It is caused by cancer that has spread from another part of the body such as the bladder or the prostate. Again, this is very serious and requires immediate surgery to remove the cancer. Chemotherapy may be recommended as an additional therapy to treat this cancer.
Other types of colon cancer may not require immediate surgery. They may only need to be removed via a procedure called endoscopic exploration. A small camera with a video camera attached to it is used during the procedure. The camera is lowered into the body through the anus. It then produces images from the different areas of the colon and the rectum so that the doctor can see exactly where the problem is. If the problem cannot be seen with the naked eye, then the area will be marked on the computer so that the surgeon can better assess it.
Some types of colon cancer may not show any symptoms at all. If this is the case, it is important to note that there is a chance the cancer could return even after surgery. Some people believe that if the cancer does return it will return slowly and lethally. However, if the cancer returns rapidly, then it will be far more likely to survive than a person who has not had their colon removed. However, since some cases of liver cancer do return after surgery, doctors monitor all people undergoing colonoscopy for symptoms of cancer.
As previously mentioned, the risk of colon cancer returning after surgery is great. Some people have such high tolerance for pain that they will undergo surgery even with serious problems. This is a very bad idea, though. Not only is the patient at high risk for developing further problems, but it increases the chances of them suffering other side effects such as malnutrition, dehydration, and even organ failure. If this is done without the recommendation of a doctor then it is also illegal. Therefore, it is always advisable to have the surgery performed by a doctor that specializes in this field.
To avoid colon cancer metastasis to liver and it is advisable to have a colonoscopy and to undergo it if the doctor thinks that it is necessary. Although it may scare some people, it is far more dangerous than it seems. All cancers are dangerous, but if it is caught early enough, then it can be treated. Therefore, anyone that has had colon cancer, regardless of how they came into the condition, should have a colonoscopy.