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How long can a person live with a bowel obstruction after cancer surgery?

How long can a person live with a bowel obstruction after cancer surgery?

Need more info.: How soon after the surgery did the bowel obstruction occur? Is it a large- or small bowel obstruction? Do the doctors believe the obstruction is due to recurrent cancer or adhesions? Is it an incomplete or complete obstruction? Please ask these questions of the treating physicians for a better understanding of this complex problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Why and how does metastatic cancer cause bowel obstruction?

Why and how does metastatic cancer cause bowel obstruction?

Grows into intestine: Metastatic cancers can spread to the intestine or the area right next to it. It can grow into the intestine and cause an obstruction, or it can cause scarring that twists the intestine can causes this problem. ...Read more

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Friend, Pan can stage 4. No chemo for 3 months because of complications. Pain, bowel obstruction, pneumonia now. Will the cancer start growing again?

Friend, Pan can stage 4. No chemo for 3 months because of complications. Pain, bowel obstruction, pneumonia now. Will the cancer start growing again?

Not the issue: Stage IV pancreatic cancer has a very poor outlook with overall survival rate measured in months, not years. With complications of bowel obstruction, pneumonia, weight loss, etc., the patient should not be pursuing chemotherapy but rather hospice care. Please discuss this with his/her physician for compassionate end-of-life care. ...Read more

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Is constipation a sign of colon cancer? How does it cause this? Due to a bowel obstruction?

Is constipation a sign of colon cancer? How does it cause this? Due to a bowel obstruction?

Not necessarily: Constipation is not necessarily a sign of colon cancer. Constipation is usually caused by problems with diet - not enough fiber, not enough fresh fruits/ veggies, not drinking enough water, etc. It can also be caused by low activity level. Some patients have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) which can cause recurrent constipation. If the constipation is new with none of the above changes, see doc ...Read more

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Had chemo & debulk surgery for 4th stage ovarian cancer had 2 surgery for bowel obstruct now have hernia & bowel obstruction what's my life expectancy?

Had chemo & debulk surgery for 4th stage ovarian cancer had 2 surgery for bowel obstruct now have hernia & bowel obstruction what's my life expectancy?

Variable: While the percentage of patients alive at five years from many stage 4 cancers is low, it is not zero, and you never know which group you are in as an individual. That doesn't mean to ignore the stats, but in the end, you are not a statistic, but an individual. It should be mostly about quality of life rather than quantity for most folks, so don't give up hope, and have an active say in your care. ...Read more

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Do i need a colostomy bag if i get bowel cancer?

Do i need a colostomy bag if i get bowel cancer?

No: Not in all cases. If it's limited involvement and the surgery is planned, usually don't need a bag. If you get a low-lying rectal cancer, a bag is more likely. ...Read more

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I had bowel cancer last year. Had op and permanent colostomy. Now looks lik it's back on my liver. Had scans and waiting for results. What can happen.?

I had bowel cancer last year. Had op and permanent colostomy. Now looks lik it's back on my liver. Had scans and waiting for results. What can happen.?

Depends on the scans: If the amount the amount of disease is limited and nothing else is outside the liver, the tumor might be removed or treated with radio frequency ablation+ chemtherapy. ...Read more

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Wondering if it's harmful to have an anal bowel movement when wearing a colostomy due to cancer?

Wondering if it's harmful to have an anal bowel movement when wearing a colostomy due to cancer?

No: Depending on where the colostomy is performed, that is transverse colon or distal sigmoid colon, if a large segment of bowel distal to the colostomy is present, this segment does produce mucus and with the presence of bacteria will produce some form of anal bowel movement. ...Read more

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Bowel obstruction how long to heal?

Bowel obstruction how long to heal?

Depends: Did you have surgery to treat the obstruction? Were you hospitalized and treated medically only? Are you describing bowel constipation? Takes 4-6 weeks to recover from surgery. Takes a few days to recover after medical treatment. Would need much more detailed medical information to answer further. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat bowel obstruction?

What can I do to treat bowel obstruction?

No home remedies: Bowel obstructions are potentially life-threatening emergencies that require urgent hospital evaluation and management: first, to diagnose the exact cause, and then to come up with a treatment plan. Some may simply require bowel rest, IV fluids, tube decompression of the stomach, and "time"; others will require emergency surgery. ...Read more

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What can you eat after a bowel obstruction?

It varies: With severity, extent, and cause, of obstruction. It is not possible to get any more specific. Ask your GI specialist or surgeon for advice. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between bowel obstruction and bowel inpaction?

Whats the difference between bowel obstruction and bowel inpaction?

Intestinal : Or colon obstruction is a mechanical blockage usually caused by twisting of intestine or colon. Fecal impaction is just that, your fecal material gets stuck in the colon and can cause an obstruction. The former can commonly lead to strangulation, so operation is frequently needed. The latter almost never requires surgery, just mechanical removal of impacted stool. ...Read more

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Can this be bowel obstruction if pain years after repeated csections?

Can this be bowel obstruction if pain years after repeated csections?

IT'S A RISK FACTOR: Repeated abdominal surgeries might increase the likelihood of developing abdominal adhesions. In simple terms like cobwebs. These can sometimes be the cause of partial or complete bowel obstructions. The mechanism is different because the source is external as compared to a mass growing inside the bowel. Talk to your doctor about your concern. ...Read more

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Help! could soy lead to bowel obstruction?

No medical evidence: To suggest that soy intake will lead to bowel obstruction (that I am aware of), which is usually caused by adhesions from previous surgery or infection, tumors, or inflammatory bowel disease. It is conceivable that, if you have a partial or intermittent obstruction, high fiber food will aggravate this condition. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have bowel obstruction?

Bowel obstruction: Typically symptoms would include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, decreased stool output. The only way to determine someone has a bowel obstruction is to perform an X-ray or CT of the abdomen. ...Read more

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Is visible peristalsis always a sign of bowel obstruction?

Is visible peristalsis always a sign of bowel obstruction?

Not always: In slender individuals it can sometimes be seen normally. You are correct that it is often seen in small bowel obstruction. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Can you have solid bowels but still have a bowel obstruction?

Can you have solid bowels but still have a bowel obstruction?

SURE: If you have a small bowel obstruction, usually from surgical adhesions from prior procedures, the colon, downstream from the small bowel, will still have material in it at the moment of sbo. So, for a day or two, a patient with an sbo can have a bowel movement, but they'll be distended, nauseated, and have cramping pain. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the cause of audible bowel sounds without bowel obstruction?

Bowel sounds : Are normally audible. In bowel obstruction, they become hyperactive and high pitched at first, then absent when it becomes more advanced. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more