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Differences Between Symptoms Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome And Ovarian Cancer
Is it normal to urinate 15 – 18 times within 24 hours with Irritable Bowel Syndrome when the only symptom that day is Fatigue? (I do NOT drink alcohol
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
Bloat, gas, vague pain. Could it be possible that I have irritable bowel syndrome or ovarian cancer like dr oz says?
IBS has no lesion: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or spastic colon is characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits. Including Diarrhea or constipation. Compared to colon canceer which can present with similar features IBS has no specific lesion causing the symptoms. It has been theorised that abnormalities in GUT flora (microbiome) result in inflammation and altered bowel function. Any bowel lesion causing the symptoms can be identified on colonoscopy ...Read more
No: But they may have similar symptoms so never assume it is ibs. ...Read more
Can you please describe the differences in symptoms between irritable bowel syndrome and celiac disease?
Very similar: Symptoms of ibs and celiac's disease are very similar. The diagnosis of ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion (ie the doctor has ruled out any other diseases that have similar symptoms). Consult with your doctor to determine if a celiac work-up might be appropriate if has not all ready been done. ...Read more
Why is stage 3 ovarian cancer often considered incurable (though treated with intent to cure)?
In this case, with secondary tumour in bowel
Cure still possible: Stage 3 ovarian cancer has a high risk of mortality but cure is still a possibility in about 30% of the patients treated be a competent onciologist. Did she have surgical removal of her tumors in the belly and those in the intestine? Surgical debulking is an important component of treatment and is complementary to chemotherapy killing off small tumors. ...Read more
What is the best way to treat a partial small bowel obstructon or someone with newly diagnosed stage III ovarian cancer. Recent tx with chemo?
Hi. Ovarian cancer, spread to bowel. Was considered for HIPEC but spread to small bowel means surgery not possible. Any alternatives to palliative chemo?
Here are my suggesti: Ovarian Cancer often involved multiple organs in the abdomen including the small bowel. In fact the bowel involvement is very common. Because of the above reasoning, surgery(often called Debulking surgery) is commonly done first treatment for optimum results. Chemotherapy is often done following surgery(with a few exceptions where Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (done first, before surgery) is preferred. ...Read more
See Dr.: With your history of cancer, and depending on if you needed radiation tx, etc. That could affect your bowel area. It could be several other bowel conditions as well. You are young at 39 and should not have to suffer with bowel pain. Get regular evals with your dr. And discuss the problem as a good exam and a few tests may help you get the proper treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more
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In all sicerity we can not answer that as we do not have enough information
this question better be answered by the oncologist who is treating you
ask him/her at your next appointment. ...Read more
My mother died just 35 days after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, they said her bowel was obstructed then it perforated, how long had she had it?
A few years:
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Ovarian cancer often does not produce specific symptoms till it has already spread. She had the disease for a few years, it is difficult to say how many. Please see this site for more info.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001891/. ...Read more
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
Having bowel issues w/cramping and feeling urge to go more than usual.backache as well.had a normal pelvic u/s 2 months ago.can this be ovarian cancer?
Tenesmus and Urgency: 47 year old lady with rectal tenesmus, cramping, urgency and backache. You definitely have gastrointestinal symptoms. You should see your MD for a full examination and evaluation for inflammatory bowel disease. Do you have weight loss? What is your family history? Describe when exactly this began and how many times a day you have a BM. Blood? Mucous? Pus? Fever? Medications/Medconditions? Good luck ...Read more
Mother has ovarian cancer. What can cause her to also have bowel blockage and can't pass any stool, to feel very week, and have high calcium level?
Small bowel obstruct: Small bowel obstruction is seen frequently in patients following initial treatment for ovarian cancer. Any surgery or cancer in the peritoneum can give rise to fibrous strands called adhesions which can "strangle" the small bowel causing bowel blockage. Because of the decreased nutrition, this can also lead to a feeling of weakness. The elevated calcium may not be related. ...Read more
When I go toilet to urinate or bowel movement sometimes it causes pain in front of pelvis? Is that ovarian cancer or something?
Right side pelvic and thigh pain, peeing allot bloating doctor said IBS but no tests done scared of ovarian cancer have had bowel problems help please?
pelvic ultrasound: Your too young to have ovarian cancer unless you have a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer. Pelvic pain, thigh pain and frequent peeing, if going on for a while, may point to something going on in pelvis with bladder irritation. Suggest a pelvic ultrasound and a gynecologic and urologist evaluation if symptoms persist. Not sure bloating is related, try lactose free diet. ...Read more
What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome? I have diarhea every other morning and gas a lot.
Diarrhea/ gas: Keep a food diary may be food intolerances- can develop even after years. Consider avoiding dairy for a week. May be related to diabetes -neuropathy or medications (like metformin) Also since 51 consider colonoscopy. Check stool for malabsprption (fecal fat) make sure pancreas is functioning well. If no answer to all these and still have diarrhea check CT abd /pelvis F/u w/ doc/urgent care ...Read more
Not so unusual IBS: Irritable bowel is a syndrome complex that spans many etiologies & contributants (see earlier healthtap answers). Often, patients complain of altered stool pattern (diarrhea, constipation, or both), abdominal pain, bloating, gassiness, fullness, distension, nausea, cramps. Symptoms seldom awaken the patient, may improve with stooling, & when uncomplicated are not accompanied by fever or bleeding. ...Read more
IBS : Depending on in what your symptoms are, treatment can be designed to improve and normalize bowel frequency and minimize discomfort. High fiber diet, exercise and yoga appear to help in ibs. People with severe diarrhea or constipation should consult with a md to determine if they are candidates for newer medications that are very helpful in the treatment. ...Read more
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