Management of symptoms due to inoperable bowel obstruction

Carla Ripamonti, Elena Fagnoni, Andrea Magni

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Bowel obstruction is a common and distressing outcome in patients with abdominal or pelvic cancer. Although surgery should be the primary treatment for malignant obstruction, it is now recognized that some patients with advanced disease or in generally poor condition are unfit for surgery and require alternative management to relieve distressing symptoms. A number of treatment options are now available for the patient with advanced and terminal cancer who develops intestinal obstruction. Medical measures such as analgesics, anti-secretory drugs and antiemetics may be used alone or in combination to relieve symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-236
Number of pages4
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2005


  • Advanced cancer
  • Inoperable bowel obstruction
  • Octreotide
  • Symptom management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research


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