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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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Stage 4 cancer that has mets to brain, lungs, adrenal gland and now liver, cause bowels to shut down? If so what are the signs that it is happening?

Stage 4 cancer that has mets to brain, lungs, adrenal gland and now liver, cause bowels to shut down? If so what are the signs that it is happening?

It depends on so man: Bowel obstruction can occur in any advanced abdominal cancer. If the bowels are compromised by tumor they can close/obstruct. It is not difficult to tell when that happens because no food will pass through them. As a result patients become constipated/obstipated and have increasing pain in the abdomen and are unable to eat and drink due to persistent nausea and vomiting. The belly swells up also. ...Read more

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Why would kidneys shut down for 45 hours after 2 hours of walking on a hot day at zoo? I felt faint and left. Well hydrated before, during and over ne

Why would kidneys shut down for 45 hours after 2 hours of walking on a hot day at zoo? I felt faint and left. Well hydrated before, during and over ne

I hope your: Kidneys didn't didn't really "shut down" or you would be in kidney failure. You must have become dehydrated even with your attempts to avoid it, or the fluid shifted to a different compartment before returning to your vascular system. ...Read more

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What are signs that the kidneys are about to shut down?

What are signs that the kidneys are about to shut down?

Kidney failure signs: The signs of kidney failure are an elevated BUN, potassium and creatinine, phosphorous and a low CO2 and hemoglobin on a blood test. The symptoms of kidney failure a patient with it may have are itching, nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, prolonged bleeding, a bitter taste in the mouth and reversal of the day night sleeping pattern, among others. ...Read more

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If your right kidney has shut down completely does that mean you attached renal gland has shut down also?

If your right kidney has shut down completely does that mean you attached renal gland has shut down also?

Not. necessarily: The adrenal gland that is proximate to the kidney is an endocrine secreting hormones into the bloodstream and separate from the kidney making urine. You Don,t say why the kidney shut down. If it was a destructive process like a tumor it could invade the adrenal gland, but if it,s not a potentially destructive process the adrenal gland should work properly and secrete hormone. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much water or other liquids cause ones kidneys to shut down?

Can drinking too much water or other liquids cause ones kidneys to shut down?

Kidneys: Drinking water should not cause your kidneys to shut down. Stay well hydrated is actually beneficial to the kidney function. Not getting enough fluids can hurt the kidneys. Certain other beverages have been show to have some impact on kidney function. Diet sodas have been linked to a higher risk of kidney issues in one study. Too much alcohol can be a problem too. ...Read more

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Is kidney shut down with vinegar safe?

Is kidney shut down with vinegar safe?

Silly myth: Drinking vinegar won't shut down your kidneys, whatever some "pop" websites are claiming. If you want to try it to dissolve a kidney stone, go ahead but i'm betting you'll be disappointed. ...Read more

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My kidneys has shut down so how long do I have to live?

Depends on how much: If someone has a zero percent kidney function, his longevity is very short i.e. Days but if it is say 15% which is the definition of end stage kidney disease, the longevity could be as long as several months. Of course if you take dialysis or transplant, the longevity is in years. ...Read more

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My brother is having his"plug" pulled today. His kidneys have shut down how long before he passes?

Time of demise: If your brother has kidney failure he may survive up to a week without dialysis. He may pass due to high potassium levels or fluid overload. It is difficult for an outsider to answer your question in a meaningful manner. You should speak to his physicians, as they have more insight of his prognosis than anyone else. ...Read more

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Does dialysis happen when the kidneys completely shut down or when they're still functional to some degree?

Does dialysis happen when the kidneys completely shut down or when they're still functional to some degree?

Dialysis: Dialysis usually starts before the kidneys completely shut down. Renal function (GFR) is measured on a scale of 60 to 0, and dialysis usually starts around a level of 15-10. For successful dialysis early planning is important. The shunt (vascular access) needs to be put in at least 6 months before intended use. Most affected persons should see a nephrologist by time their GFR is in the 30-20 range. ...Read more

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I have pain in my right lower back after walking for about 15 minutes. Oct. 2010 i had an incident where i bled out and all my systems shut down. Could this be kidney related?

I have pain in my right lower back after walking for about 15 minutes. Oct. 2010 i had an incident where i bled out and all my systems shut down.  Could this be kidney related?

This : This does need to be evaluated based on your past medical history. It could be musculoskeletal pain. Try to note if the pain radiates down your leg when you get it. Because of your history of kidney problems, you should be tested for infection or blood in your urine. Please see your doctor, share your past medical history, and schedule a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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I have pain in my right lower back after walking for about 15 minutes. Oct. 2010 i had an incident where i bled out and all my sysstems shut down. Could this be kidney related?

This : This does need to be evaluated based on your past medical history. It could be musculoskeletal pain. Try to note if the pain radiates down your leg when you get it. Because of your history of kidney problems, you should be tested for infection or blood in your urine. Please see your doctor, share your past medical history, and schedule a complete evaluation. If you have increased pain, fever, or vomiting than you will have to go to the emergency department immediately for evaluation. ...Read more

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Malignant ascites, will it shut down the kidneys?

Malignant ascites, will it shut down the kidneys?

Yes it can: A very difficult situation but make sure oral fluid intake ( not just water but some electrolytes) is adequate to maintain urine output.That will help to slow kidney problems. ...Read more

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I just took two, 500 mg acetametaphins by accident. If I take anything with aspirin, my kidneys will shut down. Should i go to the hospital?

I just took two, 500 mg acetametaphins by accident. If I take anything with aspirin, my kidneys will shut down. Should i go to the hospital?

Dosing: if you have taken 1 gm don't take anymore and that can be used as a single dose in some patients. If you don't have any liver disease, you should not have any major issues. Would suggest not to exceed the total dose on the bottle. If you feel ill then sure seek attension. 1 GM is not an overdose. ...Read more

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My father in law is on life support from a drug overdose and his kidneys are shut down. Will he ever b the same? He was unresponsive w/ bed sores also

My father in law is on life support from a drug overdose and his kidneys are shut down. Will he ever b the same? He was unresponsive w/ bed sores also

Looks grim: The presence of bedsores suggests a long-term problem. The drug overdose causing both a coma and kidney failure suggest mult-system organ failure. Occasionally, this can be reversed by an emergency dialysis, but the combinanation is very worrisome. ...Read more

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What are their any grants out there for people with terminal cancer?

What are their any grants out there for people with terminal cancer?

You mean economic...: ...assistance? It will depend on your situation and where you live at. Your local American Cancer Society or even local oncologist office will know better what's available in your city and state. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is non terminal cancer in comparison to terminal?

How harmful for your health is non terminal cancer in comparison to terminal?

Terminal = death...: If a person's disease (cancer) is described by a healthcare professional as being "terminal", that means that the person would be expected to die from his/her disease. A "non terminal" cancer is one in which death from disease is not predicted. ...Read more

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What are some foods that taste good for terminal cancer patients?

What are some foods that taste good for terminal cancer patients?

It is by trial and e: Ask the patient and try what is appealing and they wish to eat. It is often by trial and error. But in general starches, pastas and ice creams taste good , yogurt and ice cream are particularly nutritious and should be offered liberally. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if aspirin is taken during terminal cancer pains?

No: When patients develop metastatc cancer or some form of advanced cancer requiring pain control, analgesics like Aspirin or Tylenol (acetaminophen) offer little if any benefit. It general dilaudid, or a morphine derivative is required. Sometimes localized pain can be obtained by using electrostimulation with a TENS pad or an anesthetic nerve block. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more