Why You Should Establish a Care Provider Contact During Chemotherapy for Colon Cancer

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Should I establish a contact person at my health care provider’s office during chemotherapy for colon cancer? Patients facing chemotherapy for colon cancer likely have many questions about the side effects of the therapy. Dr. Madappa Kundranda recommends having a single person at your health care provider’s office you can talk to. This can help […]

Changes to Sex Life After Chemotherapy

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Will I experience changes in my sex life after chemotherapy? Chemotherapy does affect sexual function. Dr. Madappa Kundranda talks about typical changes in a patient’s sex life after chemotherapy. In men the biggest concern is a decreased sexual appetite. There are several treatments used to improve libido, including testosterone and Viagra. Women can experience dyspareunia, […]

Who is a Candidate for Radiation Therapy for Colon Cancer?

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 Cases where radiation therapy for colon cancer is an option. Radiation therapy for colon cancer is not widely used to for colon cancer except for in certain cases. For example, if the cancer has spread to other organs radiation may be used to improve the chances of a surgeon removing the tumor. Postoperative radiation therapy […]

What are the Benefits of Radiation Therapy for Colon Cancer?

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A few of the benefits of radiation therapy for colon cancer explained. The main benefit of radiation therapy for colon cancer is that its able to control the disease locally. This means that when a tumor grows in the abdominal cavity and it is removed by surgeon, some microscopic disease could be left behind that […]

Is Radiation Therapy a Substitute for Chemotherapy in Colon Cancer Treatment?

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The roles of chemotherapy and radiation therapy explained. Patients often want to know if radiation is a substitute for chemotherapy in their treatment for colon cancer. Chemotherapy has certain stigmas attached to it that make many patients want to avoid it at all costs. Radiation therapy, despite its risks, it not see as debilitating for […]

What Are the Side Effects of Radiation Therapy for Colon Cancer?

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Common side effects from radiation therapy for colon cancer. Patients are often concerned about the side effects of radiation therapy for colon cancer.  As Dr. Murty describes in the video below, there are very few side effects of radiation in the treatment of colon cancer. The side effects are generally limited to the area that […]

What Are the Risks of Radiation Therapy for Colon Cancer?

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Some risks of radiation therapy for colon cancer outlined. The risks of radiation therapy for colon cancer primarily apply for younger patients. Most colon cancer patients are in their 60s or above but many people are diagnosed from their 20s to their 50s. In addition to the normal side effects of radiation therapy for colon […]

Will Radiation Therapy for Colon Cancer Damage My Organs?

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The radiation therapy for colon cancer treatment process explained. While it is a very natural concern for patients to be concerned that radiation therapy for colon cancer might damage their organs during treatment, it is also important for them to understand all the meticulous planning that takes place prior to the start of radiation therapy. Doctors […]

How is Brachytherapy Used to Treat Colon Cancer?

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Brachytherapy treatment for colon cancer explained. Brachytherapy, or the treatment of cancer by the insertion of radioactive implants directly into the tissue, is generally only used in very specialized cases in colon cancer. For example, if  during surgert a surgeon has to remove some of the disease from another organ during surgery and feels that the […]

Hangouts on Air: What Newly Diagnosed Colon Cancer Patients Need to Know with Dr. Shalina Gupta-Burt

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Recently, Colon Cancer Answers conducted a Google+ Hangout on Air with Dr. Shalina Gupta-Burt of Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Dr. Gupta-Burt is board-certified in both internal medicine and radiation oncology. Dr. Gupta-Burt, certified to administer both chemotherapy and radiation therapy,  discusses through what a newly diagnosed colon cancer patients can expect and touches […]


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