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Treating a Bowel Obstruction Caused by Colon Cancer

Dr. Heather Yeo Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian

Colon cancer can sometimes cause large bowel obstruction — which is a blockage of the large intestine that prevents food or liquid passing through — and is regarded as a surgical emergency, says Dr. Heather Yeo, a colorectal surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. Some of the most common symptoms include constipation, abdominal swelling, pain and cramping, nausea and vomiting. Dr. Yeo says “if we don’t do surgery for those patients, they can actually have a perforation or a rupture.” This is a serious condition that can even be life-threatening.

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Dr. Heather Yeo is a medical advisor to SurvivorNet. She is board-certified in general surgery, colon and rectal surgery, and complex general surgical oncology. She is an assistant professor of Surgery and Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College and assistant attending surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Read More

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