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Are non-healing ulcers a sign of cancer?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
9 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

Non-healing ulcers in the gastrointestinal tract can certainly be associated with cancer and should be followed closely.
This mainly pertains to stomach ulcers but atypical intestinal ulcers have a potential for cancer as well. In general, most ulcers should heal within 8 week on proper therapy, in most people. There are, however, always exceptions and close follow up is recommended.

In brief: Possibly

Non-healing ulcers in the gastrointestinal tract can certainly be associated with cancer and should be followed closely.
This mainly pertains to stomach ulcers but atypical intestinal ulcers have a potential for cancer as well. In general, most ulcers should heal within 8 week on proper therapy, in most people. There are, however, always exceptions and close follow up is recommended.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Dr. Sidney Vinson
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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Surgery - Vascular
4 doctors agree

In brief: Possible

Causes for non healing ulcer include foreign body in the ulcer, radiation , inflammation , infection , cancer, untreated ischemia , etc.
. If the ulcer is not responding to treatment and has irregular, nodular surface or edge then it should be biopsied to rule out malignancy.

In brief: Possible

Causes for non healing ulcer include foreign body in the ulcer, radiation , inflammation , infection , cancer, untreated ischemia , etc.
. If the ulcer is not responding to treatment and has irregular, nodular surface or edge then it should be biopsied to rule out malignancy.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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