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Doctor insights on: Small Bowel Cancer Chemotherapy

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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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If small bowel cancer causes colicky pain then what is the likely hood that pain would be diffused rather than isolated.

If small bowel cancer causes colicky pain then what is the likely hood that pain would be diffused rather than isolated.

Understand pathways: Colicky pain is crampy caused by hypermotility or contracting against a blockage - typically starts and stops abruptly and located in the middle of the abdomen. Pain that localizes suggests that there is irritation underneath, either infection or growth. For more information about these cancers, see: http://my.Clevelandclinic.Org/disorders/small_intestine_cancer/hic_small_intestine_cancer.Asp. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person have small bowel cancer?

For what length of time can a person have small bowel cancer?

Highly variable: Each person is different & it depends on the cell type of the cancer. Adenocarcinomas may grow faster than a carcinoid tumor, for example. These cancers may be around for several months before becoming symptomatic, but that is an estimate on my part. I am not aware of medical studies watching how a person's cancer may grow without treatment. ...Read more

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Can you give me information about the prognosis small bowel cancer?

Can you give me information about the prognosis small bowel cancer?

Need more info: In order to be able to comment on prognosis, it's important to have some more information. What type of cancer (adenocarcinoma versus neuroendocrine)? Where within the small bowel is it located? Has it spread to other organs? Can it be removed completely with an operation? Small tumors that have not spread often have a good prognosis, but talk to your doctor to find out about your case. ...Read more

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How long can a person have small bowel cancer before it causes symptoms?

How long can a person have small bowel cancer before it causes symptoms?

Varies: Some small bowel cancers, e.g., lymphomas may cause obstruction when the size approaches the lumen diameter; others like neuroendocrine tumors are usually slow growing may cause symptoms only on producing metastases. In general tumors spend about half their life before those become clinically manifest, therefore most cancers are there for years before being detected. ...Read more

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My elderly mother has small bowel cancer and spread to liver and she is yellow and hardly eatling?

My elderly mother has small bowel cancer and spread to liver and she is yellow and hardly eatling?

Liver mets: Bring her to see an oncologist for further eval and therapy. She could have biliary duct obstruction from the cancer and perhaps palliative stenting can help to relieve the symptoms, or could be she is the process of liver failure etc. Once the acute issue like biliary obstruction is treated- then if she choses to get chemotherapy- a palliative systemic chemo should be considered. Go to see her md. ...Read more

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Sigmoid colon cancer removed surgically. After 10 days ultrasound impression is ' subacute small bowel intestinal obstruction and mild intraperitoneal free fluid collection. Is this common?

Sigmoid colon cancer removed surgically. After 10 days ultrasound impression is ' subacute small bowel intestinal obstruction and mild intraperitoneal free fluid collection. Is this common?

No, not common: Bowel obstruction can occur due to post op adhesions(uncommon) or tumor left behind(this will happen if the cancer was advanced/late stage. Your doctor will have to sort out which of these two possibilities apply to your case. ...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


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more