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Nov 29, 2016 · Digestive problems two years after successful colon cancer surgery.... in Colorectal Cancer

Thankyou upartist and kanaaz! This was very helpful and interesting. I use coconut oil for cooking and skin care, but didnlt think about adding to a smoothie and will give that a shot for the long run. My husband;s FTD has progressed to the point where he is now in a Hospice program so further aggressive treatment other than palliative care is not in the cards. There has been some improvement after giving him organic yogurt smoothies ( he usually did not like yogurt but these he’ll take)… and the incidence of constipation and/or diarrhea has been greatly reduced..he can go for a week or more without major problems generally. His legs however, in the last couple of weeks have been giving out and he is sitting more and moving less, so the cycle has returned somewhat.
Thankyou for the FTD links! Glad to be part of this group.

Oct 12, 2016 · Digestive problems two years after successful colon cancer surgery.... in Colorectal Cancer

Thanks Colleen! Especially for the referrals to the two other groups…

I have spoken with a dietician, but it seems regular dietary advice
might not apply as well. He had radiation treatment with the colon
cancer and that might have caused scarring making things more difficult
and unpredictable. I am set to have a conversation with his cancer
doctors as well.

thanks so much… I look forward to participating in the groups.

all best, Ilene

Oct 12, 2016 · Digestive problems two years after successful colon cancer surgery.... in Colorectal Cancer

Hi! I am new to the group and am happy to be here. I am wondering if anyone has had a similar experience to our situation: My “young” 77 year old husband had colon cancer in 2013, with successful surgery (he no longer has a colostomy bag which he had while he was in chemo & radiation). He has always had a somewhat sensitive digestive system but it did not interfere with his very active professional life.
He has since been diagnosed with FTD- a degenerative brain condition which brought along some Parkinsonian type symptoms which has limited his walking so he sits much of the day. For the past couple of years he has increasingly had daily problems with digestion- most often constipation, the next day diarrhea. As soon as I get it balanced out to normal – solid well formed bowel movements, within a day or so it will be the opposite. I try to be very careful with diet. We eat healthy, mostly organic foods. I give him a bland brat type diet when he’s “loose”, and more roughage when he’s constipated.
but it seems to be a never ending cycle….