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This information is for people who are still having side effects six months or more after treatment for bowel cancer|.
Most people have side effects during, and for a few weeks after, treatment for bowel cancer. Usually these effects gradually lessen and disappear. But some people may have side effects that continue months after treatment and sometimes become permanent. Other people may develop delayed late effects of treatment| months or years later.
Not everyone has or gets long-term or late effects and many get better over time. How likely you are to have problems depends on different factors such as where in your bowel the cancer was (rectum| or colon|), the size of the cancer (stage|) and the types of treatment you had.
Doctors and researchers are looking at ways of making sure people get the best treatment for bowel cancer with as few side effects as possible.
Content last reviewed: 1 December 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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