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When constipation becomes an emergency for cancer patients

Cancer Newsline - 09/10/2012

More than 50% of palliative care cancer patients have serious issues with constipation leading to emergency room visits. It’s important for cancer patients to bring up concerns about constipation with their oncologists, but some are reluctant, says Knox Todd, M.D., department chair in Emergency Medicine at MD Anderson. In this podcast, Todd discusses causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer-related constipation and makes suggestions for how to avoid associated emergency room visits.

Guest: Knox Todd, M.D.


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