a d Correlation with uterine, colon and breast cancers | Oncolink - Cancer Resources

Correlation with uterine, colon and breast cancers

Ultima Vez Modificado: 10 de abril del 2005

Share article


Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
Is there any correlation with uterine, colon and breast cancers? My mother-in-law has had all three. She is currently anemic.


Timothy C. Hoops, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Gastroenterology Division at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of Gastroenterology at Penn Medicine at Radnor, responds:

While there can be clustering of common cancers in a single person, the more they are, the more one thinks of possible genetic syndromes that can cause these multiple cancers.  In this situation, one has to think about a couple of possibilities.  Hereditary breast/ovarian cancer can cause all three cancers.  Hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer syndrome can cause colon and uterine cancers but breast cancer is usually not related.  Both syndromes have multiple other cancers that are associated with them, but are fairly infrequent.  There may be other syndromes causing this as well.

As to the current situation with the anemia, there can be many causes and you should discuss this with her physician directly.  However, I might suggest that if no source for the anemia is found, and these studies haven't been performed, she might benefit from an investigation of the rest of the GI tract with an upper endoscopy and a small bowel series.

I Wish You Knew

How cancer patients have changed my life

View More

Blogs and Web Chats

OncoLink Blogs give our readers a chance to react to and comment on key cancer news topics and provides a forum for OncoLink Experts and readers to share opinions and learn from each other.

OncoLink OncoPilot

Frente a un nuevo diagnóstico de cáncer o de cambiar el curso de su tratamiento actual? Deje que nuestro personal de enfermería cáncer que ayudan a pasar!

Más información