There are different ways bowel problems can be treated or managed. What is likely to work best for you depends on your symptoms and what is causing them. So it’s important that you see a doctor to be properly assessed.
Your cancer doctor and their team will probably have helpful suggestions. If your symptoms still don’t improve, you can ask your GP to refer you to a continence specialist or a specialist in stomach and bowel problems (gastroenterologist).
Treatments for bowel function problems are often based on one or more of the following:
- slowing the time it takes for stools to pass through the large bowel (bowel transit time)
- emptying the bowel more effectively
- strengthening the muscles used for bowel control
- retraining the bowel.