Most people have changes in how their bowel works following surgery and/or radiotherapy for rectal cancer.
You may find your bowel habits don’t go back to the same as they were before treatment. It may take at least a year for things to settle down. Over time, bowel symptoms usually become less troublesome. Most people find they get into a new routine that becomes normal for them.
If bowel problems don’t settle, there are many things that can be done to help. Your doctor or nurse can give you advice. They may also refer you to a specialist in bowel control problems for further assessment and treatment.