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Certain treatments for childhood cancer can cause problems of the gastrointestinal (GI) system, also called the digestive system, later in life.
The GI system includes organs that digest, or break down, food to absorb nutrients and keep the body working properly.
Survivors with these symptoms should consult their health care provider. Symptoms that come on quickly or are severe (such as the sudden onset of abdominal pain and vomiting) may indicate an urgent problem (such as bowel obstruction) and require immediate medical evaluation.
Survivors should take action to prevent digestive problems and detect problems early.
If problems are suspected, the doctor may also order tests such as:
Survivors can prevent digestive problems with healthy habits:
Reviewed: June 2018