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Can ovarian cancer cause your intestines to shut down?

Can ovarian cancer cause your intestines to shut down?

Yes.: Many cancers that arise from organs within the abdominal cavity can lead to spread of cancer throughout the lining of the abdominal cavity, called carcinomatosis. This can lead to intestinal obstruction, effectively causing the intestines to "shut down". These cancers may occasionally be responsive to chemotherapy but are more typically a pre-terminal finding. ...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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Pancreatic cancer. Whipple. Chemo 7 months. Tumors in pancreas and liver. Recent blood clot. Pain. New intestinal blockage. Is my body shutting down?

Pancreatic cancer. Whipple. Chemo 7 months. Tumors in pancreas and liver. Recent blood clot. Pain. New intestinal blockage. Is my body shutting down?

Difficult disease: Some blockages are due to scar tissue inside the abdomen (called adhesions), and other blockages are due to cancer growth. A CT scan may be able to tell the difference between the 2. If the blockage is cancer-related, then it may be time to think about a different chemotherapy regimen. But if it's just adhensions, then sometimes an operation helps. Talk to your doctor to investigate further ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of intestine cancer? I hate going to doctors i would like to know if I have those symptoms before going

What are the symptoms of intestine cancer? I hate going to doctors i would like to know if I have those symptoms before going

Intestinal cancer: As the prior doctor mentions, the most common symptom is blood in your bowel movement, the color of which may indicate where in the intestine a tumor is. However, many things can cause blood in the stool, and many intestinal cancers are asymptomatic. So, if you are concerned for a specific reason, forget your hate of the doctor visit, and give it a go. ...Read more

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What are the tests for small intestine cancer?

What are the tests for small intestine cancer?

Imaging & biopsy: Cancers of the small intestine are not that common. If imaging reveals a mass, it may need to be removed or biopsied and the tissue examined by a pathologist for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of small intestine cancer?

What are the symptoms of small intestine cancer?

Obstruction and: Small intestinal cancers are much less common than colon cancers. The symptoms depend on the type of cancer and may be due to obstruction in the form of swelling of abdomen, pain, vomiting, due to neuroendocrine syndromes, e.g., carcinoid syndrome, and in the case of lymphomas, mass in abdomen and enlargement of lymph nodes. ...Read more

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How can somebody tell whether or not he has small intestine cancer?

How can somebody tell whether or not he has small intestine cancer?

Difficult diagnosis: Early diagnosis of small bowel carcinomas are difficult to diagnose in early stages, as most it is not accessible to endoscope.Capsule endoscopy is some help, contrast studies, ct scans will help.Late stages will present with obstruction, cramp y colicky pains , some time with bleeding. Occasionally laporoscopy even laporatomy is required for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are long and short term symptoms of small intestine cancer?

Could you tell me what are long and short term symptoms of small intestine cancer?

Obstruction: Small intestinal cancer is much less common than colonic cancer and the symptoms are related to obstruction of the bowel, e.g., vomiting, constipation, mass in abdomen and endocrine symptoms from some tumors. Some small intestinal cancers are lymphomas and may be associated with enlarged lymph-nodes. ...Read more

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I discovered my dad has cancer of the small intestine. How should I live my life now?

I discovered my dad has cancer of the small intestine. How should I live my life now?

Normal life: It really depend what kind of small bowel cancer he had and what part of the small intestine small bowel cancer is rare in the usa and not all of the are hereditary you need to eat healthy and stay with a doctor who could follow you very closely and do not ignore any sign or symptoms like bleeding unexpected weight loss or change of appetite or bowel habit find out more about your dad cancer. ...Read more

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I have HPV 6, 13, 61. I'm 22. How long can it take to develop cancer? Can i develop cancer in my intestine, or leukemia?

I have HPV 6, 13, 61. I'm 22. How long can it take to develop cancer? Can i develop cancer in my intestine, or leukemia?

You can avoid it: Having the viruses on board is no guarantee they will ever trouble you. You can avoid losing your ability to become a mother or worse by getting checked regularly as per your evidence-based physician. Hpv is not a cause of leukemia or bowel cancer. ...Read more

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Can cancer of intestine be cured thru any other measures? My mom was operated and not ready for chemo. Is there any way that cancer can stop?

Can cancer of intestine be cured thru any other measures? My mom was operated and not ready for chemo. Is there any way that cancer can stop?

Cancer: Most patients recuperate from surgery and need to get chemo within 4-6 weeks after surgery. Depending upon what was the location and pathology details of tumor, one can consider between intravenous chemo versus a pill chemo such as xeloda (capecitabine). ...Read more

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How long is the timeline for a person with stage IV small intestine cancer?

No such timeline: No scientific physician has ever given a person x-number of months / years to survive. The patient may have the inferior vena cava undergo thrombosis or a mass become infected and die tomorrow. Five percent of these people are alive in five years. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/smallintestinecancer/detailedguide/small-intestine-cancer-survival-rates. ...Read more

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I have a duplication cyst in my intestines, I now have low ferritian and high crp ( cardio), could the cyst be the cause? Can these cyst cause cancer?

I have a duplication cyst in my intestines, I now have low ferritian and high crp ( cardio), could the cyst be the cause? Can these cyst cause cancer?

Cysts can transform: Duplication cysts are benign rare anomalies that arise during embryonic development. They rarely cause problems. Low malignant potential but some case reports have described malignant transformation. Not sure if the low ferritin or elevated CRP have anything to do with the cysts. I would schedule an appt with your GI doctor. They can review your records. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for small intestine cancer?

What is the treatment for small intestine cancer?

Depends on type: Small intestinal cancers are uncommon. These may be lymphomas, connective tissue tumors, neuroendocrine carcinomas etc. Lymphomas are usually treated with chemo, connective tissue and neuroendocrine tumors with surgery and may be chemo. ...Read more

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Colon cancer spread to small intestine, what do you suggest?

Colon cancer spread to small intestine, what do you suggest?

Depends: Did it grow directly into the small bowel or spread as a metastasis? In one or in many places? Was it just diagnosed or is it a late recurrence? Any previous chemo? What's the patient's general health? The patient's oncologist should be able to weigh all the options and come up with a treatment plan. If this is about you, best wishes. ...Read more

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Does the small intestine also get polyps and cancers like the colon does?

Does the small intestine also get polyps and cancers like the colon does?

Yes less frequently: Yes less frequently than colon, early detection is difficult due to location, some of them have genetic etiology. ...Read more

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Colon cancer spread to small intestine, what are the most aggressive options when this happens?

Discuss with onc: you should discuss with your oncologist. additional information is needed- i.e. presence of lymph nodes and other distance organ/s involvement. where is the location of the colon cancer and what part of the small intestine involved? important to get the right staging and check the biology of the cancer to guide treatment. if able to get surgery- most aggressive would be surgery then chemo/ ...Read more

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Why most of the metastic cancers are from lung? Why not from intestine or other places besides lung?

Why most of the metastic cancers are from lung? Why not from intestine or other places besides lung?

Statistical Anomaly: All cancers have the potential to spread to distant sites (metastasis). Lung cancer occurs more commonly, thus there are a greater number of patients with metastasis. I hope that answers your question. ...Read more

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I had an edoscopy done and it showed normal results and so did my colonoscopy, should I concern myself with small intestine cancer?

I had an edoscopy done and it showed normal results and so did my colonoscopy, should I concern myself with small intestine cancer?

Probably not: Small intestine cancer is rare. Unless you have unusual persistent GI symptoms or strong family history of cancer, there is no reason to worry about it. ...Read more

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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


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more