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Dr. Robert Cloud
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Intestinal Cancer (Overview)

A intestinal cancer is a condition in which a person has a cancerous tumor in his intestines. Cancers can involve any part of the small or large intestines.


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What is intestinal cancer?

What is intestinal cancer?

Varies: Gastrointestinal cancer is most often a type called adenocarcinoma. It can affect the stomach sometimes, small intestine rarely, and colon (large intestine) most often. It is usually treated with combination therapy with surgery, medical oncology such as chemotherapy, and sometimes radiation therapy. It does run in some families. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Cloud
67 doctors shared insights

Intestinal Cancer (Overview)

A intestinal cancer is a condition in which a person has a cancerous tumor in his intestines. Cancers can involve any part of the small or large intestines.


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What are the symptoms of intestinal cancer?

What are the symptoms of intestinal cancer?

Colon cancer: Change in bowel habits , rectal bleeding, abdominal discomfort or bloating. These are nonspecific symptoms and can be the same symptoms of other disorders. Should you experience this symptomatology , you should see a colon and rectal specialist or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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A friend of mine has been diagnosed with intestinal cancer recently. Is it treatable with much success?

A friend of mine has been diagnosed with intestinal cancer recently.  Is it treatable with much success?

Depends on stage: And type of cancer. Colon is the commonest site of intestinal cancers and early colon cancer has an excellent survival rate. The rates decline with advancing stage. Five year survival rates by stage are: 1 ~ 93%, ; 2 ~ 80%, 3~60%, 4 ~ 5%. ...Read more

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What are the tests for intestinal cancer?

What are the tests for intestinal cancer?

Mutliple: Tough question, since there is small and large intestinal cancer. Commonly, we do endoscopies to look at the lining of the intestines. A colonoscopy is done to look at the large intestine and the lower small intestine. An egd (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is done to evaluate the esophagus, stomach and upper small intestine. A ct scan can also be performed, as well as some blood tests. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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Can a person have a stomach or intestinal cancer that only causes pain during and after eating? If so, why?

Can a person have a stomach or intestinal cancer that only causes pain during and after eating? If so, why?

Many possibilities: The type of pain during and after eating may help point to a cause, however cancer would be an unusual cause for this sort of pain. More likely causes include: gallstones, food allergies, esophageal spasm, vascular insufficiency, partial obstruction/blockage, pancreatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. You should see a gastroenterologist for additional studies. ...Read more

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Could chemotherapy be used to treat intestinal cancer?

Could chemotherapy be used to treat intestinal cancer?

YES: Yes, assuming you mean the large intestine (colon cancer). Small intestine cancer is very rare and yes chemotherapy has been used in this setting but we have limited data. Also it's important to note that not all bowel cancers require chemotherapy. The oncologist will help you decide on best option. ...Read more

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My friend has intestinal cancer and its moving up to the colon. How can this be treated?

Colon cancer is: Quite common; small intestine cancer is not. Penetration thru the intestinal wall, and into nodes forecasst much higher risk. Established travle to far away sites (liver, lungs, brain) is much worse news. You can help by getting her to a center with a good team that knows and cares about her first, including her safety, and knowledge about the disease. ...Read more

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After treatment for intestinal cancer, how often do I need to be checked?

After treatment for intestinal cancer, how often do I need to be checked?

Depends: What type of cancer was it? Your surgeon and oncologist should have the surveillance information for you. ...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


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