Coping with Blocked Intestine or Gastrointestinal Obstruction in Childhood Cancer


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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About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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