​​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.




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


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