Oncology (General Cancer)/Scared

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Hi Dr, Hi   My name is. Martha and I'm a 33 year old female that's very worried about my health. For years I've been having constipation and I take fiber one and it works but the only thing that scares me is my poop is really skinny and I still strain in the toilet everyday. My grandma died in her thirties and we don't know from what. This happened in philippines. The only thing we know is she went poop one day and blood came out and she died. I'm really worried I might have something wrong with my colon like cancer. I got a spine mri and the radiologist found something on my right side pelvic wall. he said it might be assymetric bowel rather than a true mass. Could this be causing the constipation and thin stool?I have no weight lost. I do have chills everyday. Thank you so much. Sincerely, Martha

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There are a lot of things that might be causing chills and a narrow fecal stream.  At your age, and with the relatively long history of what is going on, I would suspect something benign.  A rectal fissure can cause rectal spasm; or you might have a walled off abscess, which might go along with the symptoms (including chills) and the radiation findings.  You need to have a thorough pelvic examination which includes a digital rectal exam.  I think the problem is most likely located in the rectum or anus, and a pelvic exam can usually examine those areas quite well.  Let me know!

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Donald Higby, M.D.

Expertise

I can answer almost all questions related to the treatment and natural course of most kinds of cancer, especially cancers of prostate, colon, lung and breast.

Experience

I have been a practicing medical oncologist for 36 years, and have been chief of service at a major medical center for 25 years. I've also done research in cancer treatments.

Organizations
American Society of Clinical Oncology

Publications
New England Journal of Medicine American Journal of Medicine Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Hematology Transfusion Medicine

Education/Credentials
MD, Stanford University Internal Medicine residency, St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO Medical Oncology Fellowship, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY

Awards and Honors
America's Best Physicians, last 14 years

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