Side effects and symptoms

Long-term and late effects

Read about the potential effects of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy for colon cancer, how they can be managed and who can help.

  • Colon cancer

    Possible late effects on the bowel

    Some people have side effects of colon cancer treatment that continue months after treatment.

  • Colon cancer

    Changes in how your bowel works

    Treatment for colon cancer may lead to changes in how your bowel works. These can usually be managed successfully over time.

  • Colon cancer

    Managing bowel control problems

    Many bowel control problems can be managed successfully with diet, medicines and exercises to strengthen the muscles used for bowel control.

  • Bowel cancer

    Food guide if you have bowel problems

    Certain types of food can affect the way your bowel works. Different foods will affect people differently.

  • Colon cancer

    Emptying your bowel more effectively

    If you’re having trouble emptying your bowel when you go to the toilet, there are things you can do that may help.

  • Colon cancer

    Coping with bowel changes

    Planning ahead and making lifestyle changes can help you cope with the day-to-day problems caused by bowel changes.