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Suggest treatment for rectal cancer

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Dr. Ramesh Kumar

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Practicing since :1986

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Posted on Fri, 11 Aug 2017 in Cancer
Question: my mum has early rectal cancer and is undergoing chemoradiation before surgery. Her stools are black now we are 2 weeks into treatment. Is this normal please?
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Answered by Dr. Ramesh Kumar 4 hours later
Brief Answer:
Stool for occult blood should be done.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for query
In addition to killing cancer cells, chemotherapy tends to kill other fast-growing cells, such as those in your intestinal lining. If your chemotherapy causes damage to the lining of your intestine,it can cause minor bleeds which may appear in stool as dark color.
So firstly we have to make sure whether its blood.For that a stool for occult blood test should be done.
If blood is negative then change in color of stool have no significance.

Thanks.
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Follow up: Dr. Ramesh Kumar 36 minutes later
please read mum's clinic letter and let me know your thoughts.
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Answered by Dr. Ramesh Kumar 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
follow up.

Detailed Answer:
Have gone through reports dear.
Its ano rectal carcinoma and chemotadiation followed by surgery is treatment of choice.
You have not attached her biopsy reports but as per nurse notes it appears to be in initial stages.
I would just say that rest assured follow proper treatment and she would be fine soon.

Thanks!
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Follow up: Dr. Ramesh Kumar 47 minutes later
you really think mum will get cured? I am so scared I have no results to share with you xx
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Answered by Dr. Ramesh Kumar 8 minutes later
Brief Answer:
she will be fine soon.

Detailed Answer:
Take my words dear.
She would be fine very soon.
Can you share her previous photo and latest photo.
Just want to see her general health.

Waiting.
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Follow up: Dr. Ramesh Kumar 13 minutes later
green top now and dress 2 year ago
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Answered by Dr. Ramesh Kumar 16 minutes later
Brief Answer:
follow up.

Detailed Answer:
Hey,
She looks healthy.
Don't worry she would be fine soon.
Don't miss treatment.
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