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Bowel problems and cancer

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This page tells you about bowel problems and cancer. Bowel problems are common in people who have cancer and are almost always related to the large bowel.

The two most common problems are

You may also have a problem with

The links above take you to pages about dealing with these problems.

The exact causes of the bowel problems vary. It depends on the type of cancer you have, the stage of your cancer and the treatment you are having.

Whatever the cause, it’s understandable that bowel problems can be very distressing, especially when they affect your daily life. Managing your bowel problems may be difficult, depending on what is causing them. But your doctor or specialist nurse will be happy to advise you and may be able to recommend some treatment. So don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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Updated: 20 May 2014