Most people have changes in how their bowel works following surgery and/or radiotherapy for rectal cancer.
Many people find that their bowel habits don’t go back to being exactly as they were before treatment. It may take at least a year for things to settle down. With time, bowel symptoms usually become less troublesome and most people find they get into a new routine that’s normal for them.
If bowel problems don’t settle, help is available. There are many things that can be done to improve bowel symptoms. Ask your doctor for advice. They can discuss with you what may help. They may also refer you to a specialist in bowel control problems for further assessment and treatment.