Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Anal Carcinoma Colostomy

Home care of and prevention of colostomy problems in someone with anal cancer includes:

  • Daily activities: many people find only minor changes are needed.
  • Diet: increased fluids and avoiding certain foods is usually helpful.
  • Ostomy appliance and skin care: daily care to protect the skin and stoma.
  • Prevention and treatment of bowel problems: constipation, diarrhea and excessive gas may require corrective measures.
  • Medications: the absorption of certain medications may be affected by an ostomy.

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Last Updated: Nov 3, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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