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Diet for Rectal Cancer Radiation with Chemo

Colorectal Cancer | Last Active: Aug 13, 2018 | Replies (6)

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Welcome to Connect, @blueskyflyer
Good question to ask about diet recommendations as you prepare for radiation and chemotherapy with Xeloda. I'm tagging fellow members @coliemore @travelgirl @soul and @mikendale who may have some insights for you. While we wait for others to respond, you might be interested in reading these discussions:
– Xeloda https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/xeloda/
– Dietary Changes Before and After Colon Cancer https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/dietary-changes-before-and-after-colon-cancer/
– Healthy diets for cancer patients https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/healthy-diets-for-cancer-patients/

Additionally, you may want to join Mayo Clinic experts for an upcoming video Q&A called "Cancer-Fighting Foods" on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 12:00pm CT. You can post your questions and watch the Video Q&A here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/cancer-fighting-foods/

BlueSkyFlyer, are you have radiation and chemo at the same time or one after the other?

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Thank you Colleen. Im am directed to take a nausea tablet 1/2 hour before the Xeloda and to take the Xeloda with food.
12 hours later I am to repeat that. I am also supposed to have an empty colon for the radiation.
Thats what I dont understand. When do I eat for the medication and also have an empty colon/ rectum. Enemas possibly, but for 5 days aweeks and for 6 weeks?

@blueskyflyer that does sound confusing. You might wish to ask your nurse coordinator about the conflict in the recommendations to take Xeloda with food, but have an empty colon for radiation. It is possible that you may have to have a daily enema, but only your radiation oncologist will know for certain. When do you start treatment? Do you have a number to call or access to a online patient portal to get answers from your care team to your questions?