Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
168 Doctors are Online

Is Medullary carcinoma of the colon heriditary?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Oncologist, Surgical
Practicing since : 1986
Answered : 59 Questions
Hello - my mother was diagnosed with Medullary carcinoma of the colon. Her doctor said it wasn't hereditary, but I am reading online that it is often MSi-H, which means it could be, correct? She was 66 when was diagnosed. I am wondering if I need to be tested?
Posted Sat, 4 Jan 2014 in Colon Cancer
Answered by Dr. K. Harish 8 days later
Brief Answer: you could get tested Detailed Answer: Medullary carcinoma of colon is a rare variety (less than 1%). The outcome is generally better than other varieties. It could be part of hereditary non polyposis colon cancer with microstaellite instability. There would be some element of heredity in colon cancers. You need not be over anxious. But you can get tested by various means. common screening test includes stool for occult blood. You could also get a colonoscopy done. You doctor would be best to advice you in this regard.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Medical Procedures
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an Oncologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor