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Many people who have received treatment for colorectal cancer will experience changes in their bowel function. After some time these changes will go away and people will reach a “new normal” (a new stable pattern of bowel function).

Here are some of the most common changes in bowel function.

Low anterior resection syndrome
Other bowel changes

 

Two of the most common kinds of bowel problems after treatment are diarrhea and constipation.

Diarrhea
Constipation

 

Causes

There are many causes of bowel problems, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy to the abdominal area, and certain types of medicines for side effects. 

 

What you can do

There are a number of things you can try to help you manage your bowel problems. Read more about managing your bowel problems in “Managing Bowel Problems After Cancer Treatment" [PDF, opens in new window] »

 

More information

 

Last reviewed: 1/4/2018
Last modified: 1/8/2018 7:15 AM