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Colon Cancer Specialist

Moshe Barnajian, MD -  - Colorectal Surgery

Moshe Barnajian, MD

Colorectal Surgery & General Surgery located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA

In a given year, doctors diagnose over 104,000 cases of colon cancer. Since colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related death for men and women combined, Moshe Barnajian, MD, provides comprehensive diagnostic care and advanced treatment solutions in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles, California. If you’re experiencing symptoms of colon cancer, or if you have a history of colon cancer, book an exam at this West Hollywood-based practice today. Click on the online scheduler, or call to book an appointment by phone.

Colon Cancer Q & A

What are the stages of colon cancer?

Colon cancer affects the lower portion of your large intestines. In Stage 1, the cancer has penetrated the lining of your colon, but it hasn’t spread yet. If the cancer spreads deeper into the walls of your bowels, you have Stage 2 cancer.

In more advanced stages of colon cancer, the cancer spreads to your lymph nodes (Stage 3). If cancer progresses, it can spread into other organs (Stage 4 cancer). 

What causes colon cancer?

Your risk of developing colon cancer at any of these stages increases if the condition runs in your family. Other causes and risk factors include:

  • Precancerous growths, such as polyps
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Following a sedentary lifestyle
  • Having Type II diabetes

Dietary choices might increase your risk of colon cancer, too. Drinking too much alcohol and having a diet that’s high in red meats and processed foods, for instance, may be problematic. 

Does colon cancer cause symptoms?

Yes, although the symptoms you experience vary depending on the progression of your disease. In the early stages, colon cancer can lead to:

  • Chronic constipation and diarrhea
  • Very narrow stools 
  • Gas and bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloody stools

Stage 3 and Stage 4 colon cancer lead to additional, more severe symptoms, including:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Debilitating fatigue
  • Headaches 
  • Vomiting 
  • Jaundice 

It’s also common to feel like you can’t empty your bowels. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate another day to book an evaluation with Dr. Barnajian.

How does a doctor treat colon cancer?

Colon cancer is very treatable, especially when you seek treatment early on. In most cases, surgery is necessary. 

As a board-certified colorectal surgeon, Dr. Barnajian has advanced training in performing minimally invasive colon cancer surgeries using laparoscopic or da Vinci® robotic technology. If the cancer has spread into the walls of your bowels, Dr. Barnajian can remove the affected portion and resection your large intestine.  

In more advanced stages of colon cancer, Dr. Barnajian might need to perform a colostomy. This procedure involves making a new opening in your lower abdominal wall, so waste can exit into an external pouch. A colostomy can be permanent or temporary, depending on your diagnosis. 

Book your colon cancer exam at the practice of Moshe Barnajian, MD, directly through the website. You’re also welcome to call to schedule by phone.