Diet changes after bowel/colo-rectal cancer, and what to do about it.
January 13, 2013 1:05 PM Subscribe
Looking for info from colo-rectal cancer survivors on what you've done to fix/deal with the diet change issues.
posted by curious nu to Health & Fitness (11 answers total)
This is for my mom, who's mid/late 50s.
Ten years ago, she had surgery for colo-rectal cancer. The discovery + treatment was very fast: blood in stool on the weekend, diagnosis by the end of that week, surgery by the end of the week after that. The surgery involved taking out the tumorous part of the intestines and then linking the two halves back up. There was at-home chemo (the wearable pump kind) for awhile after that.
The short version of the aftermath is that she can't eat healthy, and she can't exercise without needing to know where a bathroom is at all times and being really sure about how long its been since she's eaten and had a BM, and even then knowing that there's going to be a problem despite all precautions.
* No raw fruits or vegetables except in one- or two-bite quantities. Cooked vegetables are slightly better, but not a lot.
* No legumes
* No nuts
Eating any of the aforementioned foods results in a lot of indigestion issues and then (sometimes sudden) diarrhea. Food IN GENERAL causes problems - there's nothing she can eat and NOT have issues - but the above are the worst. And when I say exercise, I mean even walking the dog is a problem.
Looking for info online throws a lot of talk about diet changes to avoid cancer, and some woo-woo nonsense about magic diets to cure it. There are also some helpful tips like "eat healthy and exercise", which she'd love to do but that is expressly the problem!
So the question is: have you or someone you know had colo-rectal cancer? The diet is the biggest issue, so something that could get her to the point where she could enjoy a salad once a month without worrying about the consequences would be pretty fantastic. Mom copes alright - both she and her doctors just shrug, at this point (it's better than dying, is the sentiment) - but if there's some weird or new or old thing that you know about that might be worth trying, I'd love to know.