Jan 18, 2004 - 5:27 pm
There is so much knowledge on this discussion board that I am sure I will get good advice. My husband has Stage 111 rectal cancer and has had 4 cycles of chemotherapy and 5 weeks of radiotherapy. He now has at least 2 more cycles of chemo but presently is experiencing cramps some evenings and frequent bowel movements (not necessarily watery) for which he takes Imodium. There are signs of narrowing but not a complete blockage. I have been told that unprocessed bran and Metamucil can help to bulk up the stools so that it comes more in one go than in several small ones. Does anyone have experience with this and can these two items help to cut down on the number of bowel movements? The cramps seem to come at around the same time in the evening but not every evening and do not seem to be related to a bowel movement, or lack of, or any particular food. He takes lactaid in case he is lactose intolerant. He does not find pain killers particularly helpful but, again, any suggestions would be much appreciated.