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7 Key Questions to Ask Your Oncologist

It can be hard to know what questions to ask when your doctor says you have cancer. Since oncologists often present “just the facts,” without necessarily opening up the floor for questions, it’s good to be proactive. After a cancer diagnosis, here are seven questions I suggest patients ask: 1. Where do you recommend getting … Read More

Rectal Bleeding: What a Doctor Wants You to Know

The first thing most people worry about when they have minor rectal bleeding is that they have a cancer. Of course, colon cancer is what I worry most about, too. But it’s the cause of rectal bleeding only 1 to 2 percent of the time. Two problems are usually responsible for blood on the paper, … Read More

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How You Can Stop Colon Cancer (Infographic)

Of any cancer, colon cancer may be the most preventable. Doctors say that all colon cancer begins with a non-cancerous polyp — a polyp that can be removed. Also, colon cancer is slow-growing, which gives doctors time to find it with a colonoscopy. So the message is: Get your colonoscopy. It’s worth it — and … Read More

Colon Surgery Without a Single Cut: TEMS

What surgery is done without any incisions? People hear “surgery” and they think “scalpel” or “scar.” But today, there are surgeries that can be performed without one cut, such as transanal endoscopic microsurgery, or TEMS. This procedure is performed entirely through the anus and rectum and offers an effective, quick-recovery treatment to completely remove large … Read More