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Is intestinal obstruction an early symptom of colon cancer?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore answered

Specializes in Hematology and Oncology

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.

Answered Mar 5, 2020

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Dr. Anthony Back answered

Specializes in Medical Oncology

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.

Answered Sep 28, 2016

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin answered

Specializes in Gastroenterology

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.

Answered Sep 28, 2016

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