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Posted by on Jul 14, 2018 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell

This study investigated the causes and treatment options for diarrhea after colon surgery in colon cancer patients. Researchers suggested that an accurate diagnosis will improve the treatment of these patients.

Some background

Surgery to remove colon tumors changes the anatomy and the normal intestinal function of the bowel. Thus, many patients surviving colon cancer must deal with bowel dysfunction for the rest of their lives. Few studies have investigated the long-term side effects caused by colon surgery in colon cancer patients.

Methods & findings

The objective of this study was to investigate causes and treatment options for diarrhea after colon surgery.

This study reviewed other 9 studies, that included information about colon cancer patients who have undergone colon surgery.

Bowel function after surgery depends on if the intestine was completely or partially removed and which side was affected. One study noted that 16% of patients with tumors removed from the right side of the colon experienced diarrhea compared to 10% of those with tumors on the left.

Causes for diarrhea after colon surgery are deficient absorption of bile acid, excessive growth of bacteria and disruption of the ileal brake (mechanism that controls the rate at which food moves through the gut). Finding the correct cause for the diarrhea is essential, as different treatments are needed for each type.

Small studies have noted that loperamide and increased fiber (such as psyllium husks) may help to improve symptoms.

The bottom line

This study determined that the correct diagnosis of diarrhea is associated with improved treatment outcomes and better quality of life for colon cancer patients.  

What’s next?

If you are experiencing issues with diarrhea, please discuss your options with your doctor. Proper diagnosis can lead to the best treatment option.

Published By :

International Journal of Colorectal Disease

Date :

Mar 27, 2018

Original Title :

Chronic diarrhoea following surgery for colon cancer-frequency, causes and treatment options.

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