This partially randomized clinical trial studies surgery or non-surgical management in treating patients with intra-abdominal cancer and bowel obstruction. Bowel obstruction is a common problem for advanced cancer patients and can negatively affect quality of life. It is not yet known whether surgery or non-surgical management is the best treatment option for bowel obstruction and can lead to better quality of life.
therapeutic conventional surgery, gastrointestinal complications management/prevention, quality-of-life assessment
Constipation, Impaction, and Bowel Obstruction, Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific
Robert S Krouse, M.D., F.A.C.S.