Cecum Cancer & Pain

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Cecum cancer is a colorectal cancer that strikes a portion of the colon or large intestine called the cecum. This cancer is caused by abnormal polyps or cells inside a patient’s cecum, which become malignant.

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patient in hospital

Cecum

According to the American Cancer Society, the cecum is a small pouch in the beginning of the ascending colon that attaches to the small intestine and the appendix.

diagram of colon
diagram of colon

Pain

Patients with cecum cancer may experience abdominal pain or cramping in the stomach area.

woman with stomach cramp
woman with stomach cramp

Other Symptoms

Cecum cancer can cause fatigue, rectal bleeding and changes in bowel habits, such as constipation, diarrhea or narrowed stools, which persist longer than a few days.

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fatigued man

Diagnosis

Doctors may perform a colonoscopy to identify growths in the cecum. They may take a biopsy to remove tissue samples and test them for cancer. And they may perform blood tests to identify cancer in the cecum.

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doctors washing their hands

Treatment

Patients with cecum cancer may have a tumor surgically removed and they may receive radiation therapy or chemotherapy to kill cancer cells and keep the cancer from spreading in the body.

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patient in surgery

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