Understanding Colon Cancer

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For the general reader a concise manual of facts, warnings, prevention, treatments, and forecasts

For decades, while other cancers grabbed the headlines, colorectal cancer was quietly ignored. The lifetime risk of colorectal cancer in the general population is 2.5 to 5 percent. This means that twenty-five to fifty out of one thousand people will be stricken by this disease. Although data show that in America colorectal cancer incidence and mortality have been waning in recent ...

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Overview

For the general reader a concise manual of facts, warnings, prevention, treatments, and forecasts

For decades, while other cancers grabbed the headlines, colorectal cancer was quietly ignored. The lifetime risk of colorectal cancer in the general population is 2.5 to 5 percent. This means that twenty-five to fifty out of one thousand people will be stricken by this disease. Although data show that in America colorectal cancer incidence and mortality have been waning in recent decades, cancers of the colon and rectum still cause approximately 56,000 deaths annually. About 140,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.

It is plainly evident that colon cancer constitutes a large portion of all new cancer cases, a little more than 10 percent. It is the fourth most frequent type.

For the lay reader wishing to know more about this disease that has become more prominent in public attention, Understanding Colon Cancer gives concise information and explanation. It covers fundamental knowledge about occurrence, carcinogenesis, genetics, diagnosis, staging, prognosis, and treatment, as well as forecasting the kinds of diagnostic tests and treatments that may be developed.

It reviews demographics, high-risk conditions, the sequence from bowel polyps to cancer, polyposis syndromes predisposing people to colorectal cancer, and the genetics of the disease. Discussed in full detail are the warning signs of the disease and the tests used for screening and diagnosis (fecal occult blood test, barium enema, sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy). The stages of the disease are examined, along with theories of how colon cancer spreads.

Two chapters focus on treatments, including surgery and chemotherapy. An entire chapter devoted to early detection and prevention discusses standard ap-proaches, as well as such new or emerging strategies as vitamins, drugs, and genetic screening.

What lies in the future for diagnostic testing and therapy? Understanding Colon Cancer concludes with discussion that forecasts the potential of genetic screening and treatment, of "virtual colonoscopy," and of new chemotherapeutic drugs, vaccines, and monoclonal antibodies.

Richard Adrouny has a private practice in Los Gatos, California, and serves as the director of medical oncology at the Community Hospital of Los Gatos-Saratoga. He is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and has been published in such periodicals as the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578064731
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 3/18/2010
  • Series: Understanding Health and Sickness Series
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 811,889
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author


A. Richard Adrouny, M.D., F.A.C.P., has a private practice in Los Gatos, California, and serves as the director of medical oncology at the Community Hospital of Los Gatos-Saratoga. He is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and has been published in such periodicals as the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Who Gets Colon Cancer and Why 1
2 The Colon 17
3 How Colon Cancer Develops 23
4 The "Look" of Colon Cancer 30
5 The "Feel" of Colon Cancer 49
6 Stages and Prognosis of Colon Cancer 55
7 Surgical Treatment of Colon Cancer 68
8 Treatment of Later Stages of Colon Cancer 82
9 Prevention 93
10 The Future 111
Appendix 125
Glossary 127
Index 135
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2002

    Concise and fundamental information

    Understanding Colon Cancer covers all areas that a lay person may question about colon cancer. In an understandable way, it thoroughly explains the diagnosis of colon cancer, treatment options and prognosis, while addressing genetics and future forecasts of screening, medications and outcomes. I recommend this book for anyone with an interest in colon cancer - patients diagnosed with colon cancer, their families, health care professionals and volunteers in the area of cancer prevention and education.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2002

    A Clear Understanding of Colon Cancer

    Dr. Adrouny is one of those rare physician/oncologists who is able to convert knowledge of his subject into words, phrases and thoughts that are fluid and understandable to the layman. Since colon cancer is the number two cause of cancer in the nation today, interest in the subject has heightened considerably and the book is a fast, yet comprehensive read for a wide audience. Having ordered and read the book before undergoing a routine colonoscopy I went into the procedure with a positive and informed outlook. Dr. Adrouny also analyzes the latest techniques in colon examinations including the merits of virtual colonscopies. C. G. Elliott Wai

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2002

    Great Book Contains Much Needed Information

    I recently purchased this book about a week ago from a barnes and noble and I have already finished this book. As you read you really do start to understand colon cancer, one of the most deadliest forms of cancer. Dr. A Richard Adrouny, a new author, has written an excellent first book as well he should due to the respect he is given in his field of medical study. I highly highly recommend this book for doctors, students, people diagnosed with colon cancer, and anyone else who has a passion for learning.

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