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Cancer patient passing black stool, Is this serious ?

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my grandfather, aged 86, was diagnosed with adeno carcinoma of stomach - grade III, 2 months back.He is undergoing oral chemotherapy. Recently he passed black stool. Is this serious? If so what does this mean?
Mon, 9 May 2011
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Hi,thanks for query.Black stool means he has bleeding some where in his G.I. tract.This can happen because of ulcers or the cancer it self.Please inform your doctor about this.bye.
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black stool indicates upper gi tract bleeding. it may be due to peptiv ulcer or due to malignancy or due to any ongoing inflamation in gi tract. is it the first time? please consult the doctor about it..
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