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Colorectal Cancer

  • What is Colorectal Cancer?

    Colorectal cancer is an abnormal growth in the colon or rectum (bowel). The colon is the longest part of the large intestine and the rectum is the passageway connecting the colon to the anus. Most colorectal cancers begin as a polyp (a benign or non-cancerous growth on the lining of the colon or rectum) that develops into an abnormal (cancerous) growth. Screening for polyps can lead to early detection of colorectal cancer.

  • The causes of colorectal cancer are not known, but you may be at risk if you:

    • Are older than 50 years
    • Have colorectal polyps
    • Have family members with colorectal cancer
    • Have had a previous cancer such as colorectal cancer, and, in women, cancer of the ovary, uterus or breast
    • Have ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease (swelling of the colon)
    • Smoke tobacco or eat a diet that is high in fat and low in fruits and vegetables
  • The symptoms of colorectal cancer include:

    • Change in bowel habits (diarrhoea or constipation)
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
    • Chronic tiredness
    • Blood (either bright red or very dark) in the stool
    • Stools are narrower than usual
    • Frequently having gas pains or cramps, or feeling full or bloated
    • Unexplained weight loss

    Other health problems can also cause these symptoms, but you should see your doctor if you experience these symptoms.

  • You are likely to have an operation to remove the tumour. This may be:

    • Colostomy (the colon is shortened and an opening on the outside of your body is made for waste to pass through). A bag is placed over the opening to collect the waste.
    • Local (closed) Surgery, done by laparoscopy (keyhole surgery)
    • Open surgery to remove the cancer and some of the nearby colon tissues and lymph nodes (glands)

    Other treatments that may be given before or after surgery include:

    • Chemotherapy to destroy the cancer cells,
    • Radiation therapy (high-energy x-rays)
    • Targeted therapy to block the growth of the cancer
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    • Ang Cheng Nee Benny

      Specialty:
      Gastroenterology

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      Clinic:
      Gastroenterology Clinic
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #09-10
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67330519
    • Chee Eng Nam Alexius

      Specialty:
      Gastroenterology

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      Clinic:
      Alexius Chee Gastroenterology & Medical Clinic
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #05-09
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6734 3343
    • Cheng Jun

      Specialty:
      Gastroenterology

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      Clinic:
      Cheng Jun Gastroenterology & Medical Clinic
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #15-06
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6732 2282
    • Cheong Wei Kuen

      Specialty:
      Gastroenterology

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      Clinic:
      Wk Cheong Gastrointestinal & Liver Specialists
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #14-03
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67340716/673
    • Chia Chung King

      Specialty:
      Gastroenterology

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      Clinic:
      Gutcare Digestive.Liver.Endoscopy Associates
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #10-58
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      67343435
    • Chua Tju Siang

      Specialty:
      Gastroenterology

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      Clinic:
      Chua Tju Siang Gastrointestinal Endoscopy And Liver Clinic
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #10-07
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6235 6136
      Clinic:
      Chua Tju Siang Gastrointestinal Endoscopy & Liver Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #09-44
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6268 8360
    • Eric Wee Wei Loong

      Specialty:
      Gastroenterology

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      Clinic:
      Nobel Gastroenterology Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #05-39
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6694 0764
    • Fernandes Mark Lee

      Specialty:
      Gastroenterology

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      Clinic:
      Gutcare Digestive.Liver.Endoscopy Associates
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #10-58
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      67343435
    • Guan Richard

      Specialty:
      Gastroenterology

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      Clinic:
      Medical Clinic 1
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #17-02
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67388868
    • Ho Kok Tong

      Specialty:
      Gastroenterology

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      Clinic:
      Ho Kok Tong Gastro & Medical Clinic
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #17-15
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67322113

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