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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is intestinal obstruction an early symptom of colon cancer?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
No: Usually this is a sign that it is a large cancer that has grown over time and is ending up blocking the colon and causing obstruction.
Dr. Anthony Back
Medical Oncology 38 years experience
Sometimes: Obstruction can be a sign of colon cancer, but obstruction can also occur for non-cancer reasons. A common non-cancer reason is adhesions, which are caused usually by scar tissue from previous surgery.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
No: This is more commonly a late symptom of colon cancer. It is almost impossible to obstruct for right sided colon cancer. Intestinal obstruction can presnet with a changes in bowel habits or constipation.
Dr. Anthony Back
Medical Oncology 38 years experience
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Jul 16, 2012

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is intestinal obstruction a symptom of colon cancer?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Tyson
Addiction Medicine 28 years experience
No: Hopefully it is more rare with good family practitioners making their patients have adequate health surveillance. Typically they are picked up with these screening endoscopies, blood in stool, weight loss etc. Occasionally you will find a stoic individual who ignores symptoms, or avoids doctors, and thus presents with obstruction instead.
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