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How does bowel cancer damage the digestive system?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: Obstruction
The main function of the large intestine is to absorb water to convert the liquid digestive by-products into a solid form. This physiologic function is essentially unaffected by a cancer.
However, as the cancer grows, it may obstruct the intestine, leading to pain, bloating, and (rarely) rupture. Furthermore, these tumors often bleed, leading to anemia, which can make one feel tired and weak.

In brief: Obstruction
The main function of the large intestine is to absorb water to convert the liquid digestive by-products into a solid form. This physiologic function is essentially unaffected by a cancer.
However, as the cancer grows, it may obstruct the intestine, leading to pain, bloating, and (rarely) rupture. Furthermore, these tumors often bleed, leading to anemia, which can make one feel tired and weak.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Consider Chinese Medicine as well. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) can help the body balance and heal. Works well in conjunction with any chemo or other methods you emply. Look at diet as well. MAny testimonies report improvement on a macrobiotic or even raw foods or juicing diet. Consider that in conjunction with a TCM provider.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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