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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How do I manage chronic diahorhea 3 weeks post surgery for bowel cancer?

    I am 3 weeks post surgery and had the last foot of my bowel removed. I did not get a stoma but my join is only about 3" in.

    We got it early so I don't have to have any chemo or radium thank heavens. Now I am incontinant and the only way I can control my chronic diahorhea is to take 1 immodium daily however when I get wind nothing can control the need for a toilet.

    I don't know what I should eat as the low fibre diet given has 2 fruits & 3 veges in it. I see the diet given on this site is much more giving.

    I have 3 weeks to get myself ready to go back to work so what advice can anyone give me to control my bowels and get back to some sort of normality. What even is normal now? Help.
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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

    Thank you very much for your enquiry.

    Due to the detailed nature of your questions they are quite difficult to answer in an online forum.

    If you'd like to send your questions through to Bowel Cancer Australia's Nutrition Adviser we'd be very happy to get in contact with you to provide an individualised response and advice.

    You can send your questions to us using the web form available at

    In the meantime you may also be interested to read some of the information available on the Bowel Cancer Australia website including:

    • Understanding Bowel Cancer: “Bowel Cancer: Diet & Nutrition - Your Recipe for Recovery” and “Bowel Cancer Australia's Make It Healthy /  Low Fibre Diet resources and Recipes”  -

    •Living with bowel cancer -

    We look forward to receiving your questions and to offering you some tailored advice.

    Kind Regards,
    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia

    Please Note: The information provided by Bowel Cancer Australia’s Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory Services is intended for Australian residents as a reference guide only. It is not a substitute for independent professional advice and is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or disorder.

    If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor.

    Bowel Cancer Australia, its directors, officers or medical professionals shall not be liable to any person, company or any other body for any loss, direct or indirect or consequential on whatsoever account for any omission or negligent misstatement.

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