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    Chemotherapy side effects.

    In 2009 post operative chemotherapy for colorectal cancer was a disaster for me .

    After each 5 day treatment I would have a bowel blockage which resulted in 4-5 days in hospital with a nasal gastic tube.

    Unfortunately cancer has metastised to the liver and I am now about to have 6 months of post operative chemptherapy. Has any one else had this problem? 

    I am wondering is there is a diet I can follow which may aleriorate this problem
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  • Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We … View Profile

    Hi Joni,



    Thanks very much for your post and question about chemotherapy side effects.



    Our nurse and/or nutritionist advisor will be in touch shortly with a response.



    In the meantime, you may be interested in having a read through the information on the Diet and Bowel Cancer page on the Bowel Cancer Australia website, in particular our Diet & Nutrition: Your Recipe For Recovery booklet.



    Kind Regards,



    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia



    Please Note: Bowel Cancer Australia's Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory services are subject to the following disclaimer.

  • Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We … View Profile

    Hi Joni,



    Bowel obstruction can be very upsetting.



    During the chemotherapy it is important to keep fluid levels up.



    Ensure that you are drinking at least two litres of fluid daily, and avoid white bread and white rice as these foods can bind the bowel.



    Ensure you consume adequate fruit and vegetables - five serves of vegetables and two of fruit a day.



    If you do not have an appetite, drink the juice of the vegetables and fruits, but remember to include the pulp as this has the fibre. 



    Eat well cooked porridge oats, yoghurt and liquid meals such as soups, stews and casseroles, jelly and custards.



    Try to avoid alcohol as this can dehydrate you, as can diet drinks with caffiene or any other caffienated beverage.



    For further information visit the Diet and Bowel Cancer page on the Bowel Cancer Australia website, in particular our Diet & Nutrition: Your Recipe For Recovery booklet, as well as the Healthier Eating and Living with Cancer booklets on the Patient Information page.



    Kind Regards,



    Teresa

    Bowel Cancer Australia Nutritionist Advisor



    Please Note: Bowel Cancer Australia's Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory services are subject to the following disclaimer.

  • Joan Allister

    HealthShare Member

    Thank you Teresa

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