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    Should I be concerned about brown discharge from my anus post surgery?

    I had surgery 4 months ago for bowel cancer and have an illostomy and have started chemotherapy 9 weeks ago. Since surgery I have only had a little discharge once which was a white mucus but the last 48 hours I have had discomfort and a foul smelling brown discharge from my anus ( maybe 6 times) . Has anyone else experienced this and how long does it last and should I be worried.? I'm a bit scared to leave the house.
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  • Mmg

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    I also had a brown discharge and lump of what looked like poo from my anus which smelt horrible. I was told it is normal as it is bacteria and mucus that usually come out of the bowel with stools. I found it quite painful and it would happen about every month for the first 6 months or so. I haven't had a discharge in the last 4 months and it has been 10 months since surgery. I found it quite painful as well. I hope this eases you concer. 

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