Bowel cancer and bowel function

A guide for people with bowel cancer

This section provides information on how and why bowel function sometimes changes after treatment for bowel cancer. Each person will settle to their own unique pattern. There are no rules; this information will provide only guidelines and helpful hints.

The treatment of bowel cancer usually involves major abdominal surgery. It sometimes involves the use of chemotherapy or radiation treatment or both. The treatment of your bowel cancer may change the way in which your bowel functions.