Gastrointestinal ObstructionSymptom Management, Palliative Care, or Supportive Care to relieve side-effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment and should always form part of the overall treatment plan.

Gastrointestinal (GI) obstructions are most common with ovarian or colorectal cancers, but individuals with cancers of the bladder, prostate, stomach, uterus, or other cancers may also experience this side effect.

The intestines normally move food and fluids through the GI tract (including the stomach, intestines, and bowel), and enzymes, electrolytes, and fluids help the body absorb nutrients during this process. In an individual with a GI obstruction, food and fluids cannot move through the system, and the normal contractions (peristalsis) that the intestines make to move the food can cause intense pain.

A GI obstruction is a serious and even life-threatening problem if not treated so it is really important that you know the symptoms and consult your child’s doctor or treatment team immediately if her or she is experiencing any GI problems.

Relieving side effects is an important part of total cancer care and treatment, which is why you should discuss any symptoms your child is experiencing, new symptoms and changes in symptoms with their Oncology Team so that they can work out a regimen of palliative or supportive care for them.


Read more about the Effects, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment and more regarding Gastrointestinal (GI) Obstructions on our static page, Blocked Intestine or Gastrointestinal Obstruction in Childhood Cancer


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