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Ovarian Cancer Causing Sluggish Bowel
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
When I go toilet to urinate or bowel movement sometimes it causes pain in front of pelvis? Is that ovarian cancer or something?
Had ovarian cancer and had total hysterectomy in 2012. I have bad cramping in lower abdomen/back, like pre hyst. Wht causes this?
MD time: Cramps in the abdomen and back can be due to a million and one different causes, benign or not. Do not get too anxious, just make sure your oncologist knows about it and follow his/her instructions. Hope it is nothing serious. Get better soon. ...Read more
We can not answer th: 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
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
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?
Obstruction: The best bet is chemo. Otherwise conservative measures and reserve surgery for failure. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Bloat, gas, vague pain. Could it be possible that I have irritable bowel syndrome or ovarian cancer like dr oz says?
Either or neither: Both irritable bowel syndrome and ovarian cancer have vague abdominal symptoms, which may be why dr. Oz advised women with such symptoms to consult their doctors so that if it is ovarian cancer, it may be detected early. Consulting your doctor would be a good idea. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are my chances of getting ovarian cancer? My aunt had something that spread through her abdomen but we never heard what it was before she died.
Not always the case: Ovarian cancer can cause inflammation which can result in fluid accumulation in the space surrounding the intestinal tract called the peritoneum. Some types of ovarian cancer make mucous which can also fill this space. Both situations cause fluid accumulation, weight gain and bloating. However, ovarian cancer may not cause these symptoms which is why regular checkups are important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My sister feels bloatedness and pain in abdomen. She has history of ovarian cancer and existing cyst. What is going on?
My mom, ovarian cancer, stage iiib, had the second surgery, the abdomen is hard and heavy seems, she felt uncomfortable, what is symptomatic?
Not sure I...: ...Understand your question. If you are asking for the meaning of "symptomatic", then dr. Legha answered your question. If not, you may want to restate it. Either way make sure your mother's oncologist is aware of any new developments. Best to you both. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am experiencing pain in the lower abdomen,and heaviness in bladder and I am a 19 year old, could it by any chance indicate ovarian cancer ?
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
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