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    buckeye1 asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

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

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      CarolLHRN

      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.

      over 4 years ago
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      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.

      over 4 years ago
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      https://www.whatnext.com/experiences/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search%5Bquery%5D=radiation+proctitus
      Searching our experiences tab brings back the above list. You might read through some of those answers, maybe some can help.

      over 4 years ago
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    anyone dealing with Radiation Proctitus? This is a new thing for my husband who is a Colon Cancer Survivor. He has trouble contoling his bowels which is limiting our life when we should be enjoying it since he is a survivor.

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      Welcome to WhatNext. In the future when you have a question like this if you go to the Questions tab at the top of the page and post it there it will get seen by more people and you will get more responses. I too am a colon cancer survivor and still a patient. I assume that the trouble your husband it having is diarrhea which I have been able to mostly control using over the counter anti-diarrheals. I agree that this is one of the most embarrasing and annoying things aboutr colon cancer, any and all treatments are designed to irritate the colon which results in the colon rebelling and not doing its job of storing fecal matter like it should. Ask his Drs for guideance ion using anti diarrheals as they should help. Also with diarrhea you neet to watch carefully for dehydration as it can happen quickly when the colon is not removing water from the bowels. Dehydration can quickly land him back in teh hospital. Good Luck and let us know if you have any more questions.

      over 4 years ago
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    Other Care (C Diff): Contracted this after surgery in the hospital, have had two flare ups since. Now know he cannot take antibiotics oraly must be injections.