• Constantly pooping

    Asked by aimo5465 on Sunday, December 23, 2012

    Constantly pooping

    My boyfriend is very worried about if his constant bowel movements will stop in the foreseeable future. His surgeon says the pooping is related to his tumor. Will it stop anytime soon? Whether it stops after surgery or when chemo starts?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      If his doctor says it is related to his tumor, then it should stop after it is removed. So the question would be is his surgery in the foreseeable future?

      over 5 years ago
    • aimo5465's Avatar

      After the first six weeks of chemo, yeah, our biggest concern is the pain he's feeling.

      over 5 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Aimo5465, my name is Carm and I am an oncology nurse. If your boyfriend is suffering with the onslaught of loose watery stools, he might want to ask his oncologist about the possibility of using Sandostatin to solve this dilemma, I have seen it used often for this problem and you might consider consulting the doctor to see if he might be a candidate for this treatment. This is a drug that dries up excess liquid in the gut and is used on patients with chronic diarrhea. It is an injection; sub-q and not at all uncomfortable. Some oncologists use this method quite often. Often the diet that we eat is a contributing issue, so I am hopeful that he has a nutritionist. Best of luck to you both, Carm.

      over 5 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      The diarrhea is common as colon cancer irritates the colon that stores the poop. Right after surgery it should stop becaues his bowls will be clean and the source of the irritation, the cancer will be gone. Chemo for colon cancer is designed to irritate the colon and any colon cancer cells so the diarrhea will likely return at that point. That is the bad news. The good newes is that over the couter anti-diarrheal medications (Immodium or a generic equvialent) work well to quell the diarrhea. Before he starts using anything inclulding over the couter meds check with the Drs. I have been using the anti-diarrheal for all of my fight and they work wonders to control the poop!

      over 5 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I don't have colon cancer, however, I had horrible diarreah during my chemo and over the counter stuff didn't help. I was taking Lomotil and that pretty much did the trick.

      over 5 years ago

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