Current approaches to diagnosing and managing constipation in advanced cancer and palliative care

Katherine Clark, Kat Urban, David C. Currow

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    Abstract

    Constipation is common in advanced cancer. Despite this, clinicians' understanding of the underlying changes affecting the colon and the rest of the gastrointestinal tract are limited. Two case histories are used to illustrate the problems encountered when the current approaches to diagnosing and managing altered bowel habits are unsuccessful. An alternative paradigm in which to consider the problems of constipation encountered by some people with advanced cancer is proposed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)473-476
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
    Volume13
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2010

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