“Someone with a cancer can experience loud noises in the stomach often if they are having symptoms of an intestinal obstruction,” explains Michael Blume, MD, a gastroenterologist at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore.

“The cancer itself usually does not cause strange noises in most situations,” adds Dr. Blume.

For example, colon and stomach cancer, ovarian cancer and metastasized melanoma can cause an intestinal obstruction.

“If one has an intestinal obstruction, there are usually other signs and symptoms present, such as pain, abdominal distension, vomiting, weight loss, etc.”

Other symptoms may be appetite suppression, undue fatigue, new-onset abnormal bowel habits and a feeling of malaise.

“Obstructive noises are usually high pitched or tinkling in nature,” says Dr. Blume.

“It is important not to view a particular symptom as an isolated phenomenon, but rather, to interpret it in the context of what else is going on in that particular person.”

In practice for 20+ years, Dr. Blumetreats over 65 conditions including abdominal pain, appetite loss, blood in stool, celiac disease, colon cancer, esophageal and liver disease, gas and IBS.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer. 

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