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eward
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My mom was diagnosed nearly 3 years ago with stage 4 ppc. She has been on chemo ever since.

Lately she has been having trouble with severe bloating and intestinal problems. Yesterday she was admitted to the hospital b/c she was vomiting every hour and was having severe pain as well. No blockage has shown up on the xrays and they haven't been able to do a ct scan yet because she can't drink the nasty contrast. Now she has a ng tube and they will try to suction the fluid and gas that has built up. They suspect either a bend in the intestine or a tumor interfering with the flow.

No prior GI involvement.

Have any of you experienced this?
Eileen

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Tina Brown
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Joined: Nov 2009

I have never heard of this but it sounds like a really good procedure to help your mum get instant relief. I have recently experienced a lot of bloating and pain. Mine was related to constipation, but I do know that PPC causes the gut to slow down which causes the bloating and cramping.

I hope it all goes well. By the way what does ng stand for?

Please let us know how she gets on.

Tina xxx

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lulu1010
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Joined: Feb 2011

Obstructions of the GI tract are the common complication of this disease. An NG is commonly used until the problem resolves itself or surgery corrects it. They may be able to put the CT contrast down the NG tube.
Looks like they are on the right track...You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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abrub
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Joined: Mar 2010

NG Tube is Naso-Gastric tube - a very unpleasant, albeit necessary device. It is used to keep the stomach empty when things can't pass to the "normal" exit properly. I had one for 3 weeks post-op, because my gut wouldn't restart, and hated every minute of it. (You can feel it in the back of your throat.) However, nasty tho it is, it is a life-saving device/procedure.

All the best,
Alice

eward
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Joined: Feb 2010

Thank you for your support, Ladies. My mom is not doing well at all. They can't clear her blockage and the cancer has spread quickly according to the dr. They were able to do the cat scan by putting the contrast through the tube.

SOPHIE333
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Joined: May 2011

Hi Eileen,
Mum had the same problems being ppc stage 4 and she got surgery instead of NG, giving her a bag on her belly. Though she hates the bag, there is no pain or blockage, and she is doing well on her hormones now, being of chemo for a while (since nov last year). I hope your mum is doing better and there is a lot of trouble with intestinals connected with the PPC I am sorry to say.

Sophie

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