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Sara!!!!
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Question about bowel obstruction

Postby Sara!!!! » Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:18 am

I want to ask people who have had small bowel obstruction... How did you know it has cleared? My mom had one almost 4 weeks back. She wasn't vomiting much. But there was nausea vomiting diarrhea. Confirmed on CT scan. After 2 days of bowel rest they started fluid diet n it appeared like the obstruction cleared. She got her chemo and after a day or 2 she was unwell. Vomited twice and diarrhea too. The doctor said it does not look like obstruction. It's chemo related. She has been taking fluids since Monday. No nausea n all. But loose stools. My question is how do u know the obstruction has cleared??
Daughter to mom 67, colon cancer
Diagnosed Dec 16, bowel obstruction.
Hemicolectimy done,Dec 16.
4 lesions in liver on scan before chemo jan 17.
Folfox +Avastin 12 cycles,disease progression on pet Aug 17.
Attempted liver resection, failed. Mets peritoneam. Diffuse.
Mets to lungs, liver. Peri on scan Nov 17.
3 cycles of folfiri+ cetuximab. Cea down from 888 to 383.
Small bowel obstruction jan 18

risto
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Re: Question about bowel obstruction

Postby risto » Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:41 pm

If stool and gas are coming out the bottom
DW Dx 7/15, 41 yo, st IV, 3+ liver mets: 11.3 cm, 7cm, 3cm. MSS.
KRAS, APC, SMAD4, TP53 mut.
7/15-10/15: FOLFOX+bev. x8
11/15-12/15: SIRT (Y90)
1/16: Toxic Hepatitis, chemo break
4/16: Liver resec. fail
5/16-7/16: FOLFIRI x6
8/16: Liver resec.
8/16-11/16: FOLFIRI x6
2/17: IMRT/Xeloda x25
4/17: LAR
6/17: CT: Progression. Peri, Lung, Liver mets. FOLFIRI x6
9/17: FOLFIRI+Bev x5.
11/17: CT: Stable. 5FU+bev. maintenance till 1/18
1/18: Surgery for SBO due to internal hernia

ilovemyfrenchie
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Re: Question about bowel obstruction

Postby ilovemyfrenchie » Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:48 pm

It’s confirmed by imaging such as a CT scan or abdominal X-ray. It’s a good sign also if passing gas, not vomiting, and stooling. That means you have GI motility or movement.
Daughter to 59 yo w/ Stage 4 Mets to liver & peritoneal
10/1/17 ER trip for GI bleed found rectal tumor
10/2/17 emergency colostomy (no resection, told tumor inoperable due to Mets found)
10/30/17 started Folfiri with Avastin
1/18 CT = liver Mets shrinkage

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chrisca
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Re: Question about bowel obstruction

Postby chrisca » Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:50 pm

Small bowel obstruction can happen for many reasons during cancer treatment. If it's temporary, look at diet. I found that whole grain foods would cause symptoms that would spontaneously resolve in a day. After a lot of research, I found that glyphosate ("Roundup") is in the food supply at levels that can cause symptoms for sensitive people. When I switched to organic grains, the problems went away. I've done this for more than two years now, and have not had a single recurrence.

Bowel obstruction is a medical emergency, so always see a doctor. But if they cannot pinpoint a cause, then look at diet. More here: http://www.lensjoy.com/Blog/EatOrganicOrDie.htm
Male, false negative colonoscopy age 48
DX: 12/2010 rectal cancer age 51
Stage T3N0M0 2 cm from anal verge
neoadjuvant rad/chemo Xeloda
Rectal resection (open surgery) straight anastomosis
Xeloda round 2
ileostomy reversal 11/2011
Successful adhesion X-lap 8/2013
Ongoing LAR syndrome but NED 6 years

Lee
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Re: Question about bowel obstruction

Postby Lee » Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:52 pm

Sara!!!! wrote: . . . My question is how do u know the obstruction has cleared??


When the pain goes away and you start passing BM or gas. My pain would come in waves

Make sure your mom drink ALOT of liquids a day or two prior to chemo.

I would always got a egg cheese breakfast sandwich on way to chemo.

Keeping food in stomach kept nausea at bay for me. Thus eat several small meals/snacks through day vs 3 meals a day.

Ginger helps get rid of nausea. Ginger snap cookies, ginger ale, ginger root.

Hope it get better for her,

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

Sara!!!!
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Re: Question about bowel obstruction

Postby Sara!!!! » Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:35 am

risto wrote:If stool and gas are coming out the bottom

How is your wife now?
Daughter to mom 67, colon cancer
Diagnosed Dec 16, bowel obstruction.
Hemicolectimy done,Dec 16.
4 lesions in liver on scan before chemo jan 17.
Folfox +Avastin 12 cycles,disease progression on pet Aug 17.
Attempted liver resection, failed. Mets peritoneam. Diffuse.
Mets to lungs, liver. Peri on scan Nov 17.
3 cycles of folfiri+ cetuximab. Cea down from 888 to 383.
Small bowel obstruction jan 18

Sara!!!!
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Joined: Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:57 am

Re: Question about bowel obstruction

Postby Sara!!!! » Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:36 am

Thank you everyone for ur replies!
Daughter to mom 67, colon cancer
Diagnosed Dec 16, bowel obstruction.
Hemicolectimy done,Dec 16.
4 lesions in liver on scan before chemo jan 17.
Folfox +Avastin 12 cycles,disease progression on pet Aug 17.
Attempted liver resection, failed. Mets peritoneam. Diffuse.
Mets to lungs, liver. Peri on scan Nov 17.
3 cycles of folfiri+ cetuximab. Cea down from 888 to 383.
Small bowel obstruction jan 18


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