Conquering Diseases

A Study of Intra-Abdominal Cancer and Bowel Obstruction


This study compares surgical treatment versus medical management (non-surgical treatment) for patients who have a malignant bowel obstruction.


A Malignant Bowel Obstruction (MBO) is a blockage of the bowels due to cancer or its treatment. Patients who have MBO are treated with either abdominal surgery or non-surgical treatment. The purpose of this study is to compare the quality of life of patients with MBO who are treated with surgery to that of similar patients who are treated with the best medical management (non-surgical treatment).

What we're hoping for

We hope to find out whether patients with malignant bowel obstructions do better when treated with surgery or medical management.

Additional Information Identifier: NCT02270450

 Principal Investigator

Giles  Whalen, MD

UMass Memorial Health Care

 Study Contact

The Cancer  Research Office



UMMS University Campus

55 Lake Ave North 

Worcester,MA 01655