Verify your email address to receive email notifications.

Verification sent. Please check your inbox to verify your address.

Unable to send verification. Please try again later.

  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can bowel cancer spread to the peritoneal cavity and grow independently

    Almost 3 years ago I had bowel cancer removed which had spread to 1 lymph node. It had penetrated bowel wall and I experienced shoulder tip pain on several nights prior to surgery. I want to know if cancer cells can escape into the peritoneal cavity and set up secondary sites there.
  • Find a professional to answer your question

  • Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We … View Profile

    Thanks for your enquiry.

    It sounds like you are quite worried about this situation. It is difficult for me to comment as each person's cancer is a unique situation to them. It is a completely reasonable question to take to the doctor currently looking after you, particularly as they have access to your current scans/colonoscopy reports and blood tests if you are having them. Your doctor will be happy to reassure you and answer any questions you might have wether or not you have any physical symtoms that might be concerning you.

    If you would like to talk with us directly about any questions you may have please feel free to contact the Bowel Cancer Australia Nurse Adviser team  at

    Kind Regards,
    Bowel Cancer Australia Nurse Adviser

    Please Note: The information provided by Bowel Cancer Australia’s Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory Services is intended for Australian residents as a reference guide only.  It is not a substitute for independent professional advice and is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or disorder.
    If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor.
    Bowel Cancer Australia, its directors, officers or medical professionals shall not be liable to any person, company or any other body for any loss, direct or indirect or consequential on whatsoever account for any omission or negligent misstatement.

answer this question

You must be a Health Professional to answer this question. Log in or Sign up .

You may also like these related questions

Ask a health question

Empowering Australians to make better health choices