• How do you deal with Radiation proctitus? My husband is a colon cancer survivor & this is a real problem with bowel issues.

    Asked by buckeye1 on Monday, January 14, 2013

    How do you deal with Radiation proctitus? My husband is a colon cancer survivor & this is a real problem with bowel issues.

    He has hardly any control over his bowels. He has many embarrassing accidents, we have talked to his Dr who says to use anti diarrhea but he then has constipation which is worse.

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    • carm's Avatar

      Buckeye1, So sorry he is having that problem. I am an oncology nurse and perhaps you can ask your oncologist if Sandostatin injections might help. They are given in subcutaneous sites and are used to stop excessive watery stools by drying up excess liquid in the bowel. There is also a foley- like appliance referred to as a rectal tube. I hope this info helps and best of luck to you, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I am sorry to hear your husband is struggling. I struggled a lot when I was going though radiation for rectal cancer. My nurses suggested a low residual diet - less to come out. I ate pasta, kids cereals, dairy products and cooked, very cooked, veggies. I did not eat any whole grains or raw fruits and veggies. I was also prescribed anusul which worked much better than over the counter. Other than that, I just knew we're there were bathrooms. :-(. I hope this is temporary for your husband. I have since had an ileostomy and had it reversed. My bowels still aren't quite right so I can understand his frustration and pain. Sending positive thoughts your way.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      After my resection (before breast cancer) I had the same problem. Not exactly the runs, but my gastroenterologist called it chronic dumping, not to be too graphic. It sucks and I am on Disability for it. Going through breast cancer was sure hard dealing with this issue too. What helps me is Metamucil. But don't take much liquid with the capsules. It provides bulk, which is easier to hold. I am a bit better because of it. You have to experiment to figure out what helps him. I now take 2 capsules at night & 4 in the morning. Good luck to him.

      almost 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Searching our experiences tab brings back the above list. You might read through some of those answers, maybe some can help.

      almost 4 years ago

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