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Doctor insights on: Bowel Obstruction Cancer Patients

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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

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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What are bowel obstruction symptoms?

What are bowel obstruction symptoms?

Pain and distension: First comes abdominal pain followed by abdominal swelling + tenderness. Then vomiting of stomach contents followed by greenish (bile)vomiting. May feel like passing flatus, but cannot + bowel movements will cease. Abdominal sounds will be absent due to ileus. Plain abdominal xray will demonstrate distended bowel loops with "air fluid levels. See dr. For severe pain, abdo distension + green vomitus. ...Read more

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How to know if I have bowel obstruction?

Swollen abdomen: Depending on the degree of obstruction and site, the abdomen enlarges, no passing of gas noted, developing of abdominal pain and possible vomiting depending on how distal the obstruction is. ...Read more

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What are the tests for bowel obstruction?

What are the tests for bowel obstruction?

Physical examination: A true intestinal obstruction is an emergency condition. One should see a doctor immediately for a physical examination, the best "test." blood tests, x-ray, and possible ct scan may be the first tests performed. ...Read more

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Please help me? What is bowel obstruction?

Please help me? What is bowel obstruction?

Intestinal blockage: Bowel obstruction can involve either the small or large intestine. There are many causes of obstruction - for the large intestine, masses including cancer, inflammation or twisting (volvulus), for the small intestine, scar tissue from previous surgery, congenital twisting, congenital band, tumor or hernia. Partial obstruction may resolve without surgery but complete obstruction requires surgery. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a bowel obstruction?

How to know if I have a bowel obstruction?

Bowel obstruction: If you are vomiting green that smells like stool. No stool or gas. Unremitting abdominal pain. Distension. Tympany the abdomen when thumped sounds like a drum. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bowel obstruction?

What are the symptoms of bowel obstruction?

Pain & vomiting: Diffuse cramping abdominal pains, recurrent vomiting, abdomen may become distended, lack of bowel movement. Usually the person would also have a history of some type of prior abdominal surgery. ...Read more

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What organs are affected by bowel obstruction?

The bowel: The intestines and stomach directly.

The lungs indirectly.

A bowel obstruction can lead to significant vomiting which can lead to aspiration and then a pneumonia. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have a bowel obstruction?

What does it feel like to have a bowel obstruction?

Lousy.: A small bowel obstruction usually occurs due to scar tissue from prior abdominal surgery, causing the bowel to kink like a garden hose. This causes the intestinal contents to back up, leading to cramping abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, and, most tellingly, the absence of passage of stool or gas--we call this obstipation. Management requires hospitalization and sometimes even surgery. ...Read more

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What are signs of a bowel obstruction/impaction in toddlers?

Poor appetite: Distended abdomen, sometimes fever, irritation, weaknes and more... ...Read more

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Could it be possible I have a bowel obstruction or am I overreacting, any recommendations?

Xray needed: If there is a possibility of bowel obstruction and symptoms are minimal, a flat film of the abdomen will reveal the presence of distended loops of bowel and make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Do I have a bowel obstruction risk if a c hyst?

Do I have a bowel obstruction risk if a c hyst?

Yes: Although the risk is small after any abdominal surgery, there is risk of intestinal obstruction due to formation of adhesions in the peritoneal cavity (abdominal cavity). ...Read more

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Why am I constipated, is it a bowel obstruction?

Why am I constipated, is it a bowel obstruction?

???: Constipation and bowel obstruction are two completely separate things.

If you have: distention, vomitting and can't keep anything down - head straight to the emergency room for further evaluation. That is obstruction.

If however, you simply aren't going to the bathroom, and are not vomitting - then constipation. Can be seen in the office for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What is a? Large bowel obstruction?

What is a? Large bowel obstruction?

Intestinal Blockage: The large intestine consists of the colon and rectum. Obstruction along any point will lead to upstream dilitation, causing nausea, vomiting, distention; if complete and untreated, rupture may occur. Common causes include cancer of the colon or rectum, twisting of the colon (volvulus), inflammatory bowel disease, and diverticulitis. Treatment hinges upon identifying the cause. ...Read more

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Why do you vomit with bowel obstruction?

Becuase you are obst: The contents of your bowel has no place else to go. ...Read more

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What do you do for a large bowel obstruction?

What do you do for a large bowel obstruction?

Find the Cause ASAP: Large bowel obstructions are very different than their small bowel counterpart (which often improves w/o surgery). If complete, imminent rx is necessary to prevent rupture (usually surgery); if partial, there are many more options. Common causes include colorectal cancers, volvulus, and inflammatory conditions like diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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Why do people vomit with a bowel obstruction?

Why do people vomit with a bowel obstruction?

Blocked pipes: The stomach and small bowel secrete gallons of fluid every day that is reabsorbed, aiding nutrient absorption. If the small intestine is obstructed, this fluid upstream from the blockage accumulates and, left with no place to go, backs up into the stomach. Also, we all swallow air--this furthers the upstream distention. A key sign of successful resolution is gas +/- stool out the bottom. ...Read more

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How much is blocked in large bowel obstruction?

How much is blocked in large bowel obstruction?

Depends: On where the blockage is and whether it is partial or complete and what is the underlying cause of the blockage, be it adhesions, inflammation or tumor. See a surgeon for the specific answer to the specific problem. ...Read more

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How common is bowel obstruction aftrer c section?

How common is bowel obstruction aftrer c section?

Very, very rare: A true bowel obstruction is a mechanical blockage of the small intestine, usually due to scar tissue (adhesions) from prior surgery. An ileus is a functional obstruction of the intestine often due to inflammation within the abdominal cavity. While I have seen women with an ileus after c-sections, the only time I have seen a woman with an obstruction was associated with crohn's disease. ...Read more

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Can a bowel obstruction make your lower back hurt?

Can a bowel obstruction make your lower back hurt?

It is possible,: But not likely. Intestinal obstruction usually causes crampy abdominal pain, distention, obstipation, nausea, and vomiting. And you need to get xr's or even sometimes ct scan to be sure. If you suspect intestinal obstruction, you need to go to ed right away. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I see for bowel obstruction?

What kind of doctor should I see for bowel obstruction?

General surgeon: Most obstructions involve a physical blockage from scar tissue, polyp, tumor etc. You may be able to temporarily relieve the symptoms with medical intervention but if it needs to be fixed it will almost always involve surgery ...Read more

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Why do people vomit when they have a bowel obstruction?

Why do people vomit when they have a bowel obstruction?

Blocked pipes: The stomach and small bowel secrete gallons of fluid every day that is reabsorbed, aiding nutrient absorption. If the small intestine is obstructed, this fluid upstream from the blockage accumulates and, left with no place to go, backs up into the stomach. Also, we all swallow air--this furthers the upstream distention. A key sign of successful resolution is gas +/- stool out the bottom. ...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