What Three Major Breakthroughs in Cancer Could Mean For You

11Can a colonoscopy be skipped for a home kit instead?

No one really likes consenting to a colonoscopy if it is not needed but could it be avoided completely? There are many ways to screen for colon cancer. When there are fecal tests that can even be delivered to your home why the need for colonscopy? Fecal tests look for blood in the stool because large polyps in the colon shed microscopic amounts of blood. But these tests don’t have a 100% rate of detection.

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There is no research till date that says how often you should have a stool test for polyp’s detection. Thus a positive stool test usually requires a colonoscopy to see what is going on.

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12What to do

If you are at risk of colorectal cancer, you should opt for colonoscopies. If not, the fecal tests are ok because they help you avoid the discomfort of a colonoscopy. If there are no positive results, in theory, you would never have to need one your entire life.

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13How to get the best treatment

When you want to get the best treatment, you should browse the National Cancer Institute’s NCI Designated Cancer Centers that will offer you the latest clinical trials and tests. You could also look up the Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer Certification that gathers good data as part of the certification process. A center having a multidisciplinary tumor board will have various types of cancer specialists like radiation oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, and cancer specialists all working together to review a particular case. Hospitals affiliated to a University are beneficial because they will benefit from the ongoing research and have access t clinical trials that you won’t get in a standalone diagnostic center or hospital.

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