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Old 05-22-2010, 09:37 AM   #1
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Surviving Colon Cancer

My grandmother had colon cancer about 10 years ago and had a lot of her colon removed. Since then, she has always had trouble with her bowels, but recently she can't get to the bathroom in time. This is very embarrassing for her. All the doctor says is to take immodium. But she doesn't like the side effects of taking medicine. I told her I would research a holistic practitioner that could best compliment her situation. I don't know if she needs to see a nutritionist, homeopath, acupuncture... any ideas?

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Old 06-03-2010, 03:57 PM   #2
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Re: Surviving Colon Cancer


When you say "the doctor says to take immodium", what kind of doctor is that? Is that a general practicioner?

Have you tried a Gastroenterologist? They deal with elimination problems and symptoms occurring after surgery. You might try asking one of these doctors what can be done as far as dietary measures.

Another idea would be to try a Gerontologist.

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Re: Surviving Colon Cancer

Hi j4ino

2 years ago, I began to have the same issue as your Grandma. I saw a specialist who checked me out for the issue. The problem comes because the area has lost elasticity and it makes it impossible to hold the muscles tight so we can get to a facility when the urge to go comes.

For me, the cause of this was two fold.... first, radiation hit the area hard during cancer treatment for my upper thigh. Second, three vaginal births. It is a common issue for many women as we age.

My doctor also recommended taking Immodium... up to eight a day. I thought that was starnge at first.... up to 8 Immodium a day??? However, it has proved to be a solution to the problem. I do not have any unwanted side effects from this. I seldom even have to take that many, but know if I have to, I can.

Good luck to Grandma

Old 07-07-2010, 04:57 AM   #4
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Re: Surviving Colon Cancer

Hi, j4ino.

My uncle aged 78 now, had same procedure about 6-7 years ago. Had same bowel problem and advice from Doc. Don't recall just how exactly it came about , but found it was the gluten in bread that was giving him the problem. He started using gluten free products, like rice flour and the such. Problem solved. Worth a try.

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