Topic: fusing of large and small intestines
My husband underwent 3 weeks of radiation in order to remove a tumor on his spine - this was in April. Last week he began to complain of lower abdominal pain, no appetite, diarrhea and hiccups. Of course, his oncologist wanted to just prescribe pain medication and send him home. But I pushed for more because he has never had pain that was so severe. As it turns out the radiation had caused the small intestine to fuse with the large intestine. At some point they tore apart and left a hole in his small intestine. I was informed that this sometimes happens (the fusing) as a result of radiation. I was curious to know if anyone has any experience with this? My husband's oncologist was floored and very apologetic.