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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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.

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

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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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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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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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