Colorectal Cancer 101: What is Motility

October 22, 2021
Colorectal Cancer 101: What is Motility

So you’ve just gotten a colorectal cancer diagnosis.  If you’re like many patients we know you may be wondering: what is motility and is it common? Motility symptoms are bowel movement issues like diarrhea and constipation. Chronic diarrhea is a common symptom of colorectal cancer and causes discomfort and embarrassment. Here are some remedies and products that could help you in dealing with these bowel movement disorders: 

  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Eating smaller meals more frequently will aid in digestion. It’s recommended that you eat foods that follow the “BRAT” diet (bananas, rice, apple sauce, toast) and easy-to-digest foods like pastas, chicken breast meat, and scrambled eggs. 

  • Avoid caffeinated foods and beverages. Caffeine has laxative effects taken in large quantities. It’s better to avoid it altogether while you’re having diarrhea to ensure that it’s not making your symptoms worse. 

  • Avoid ​​Cruciferous Vegetables: Vegetables such as Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, and Broccoli can cause bloating and gas in your stomach. 

  • Anti-diarrheal Medications. These over-the-counter solutions like immodium might help relieve some of the symptoms you’re experiencing. As always, check with your doctor about how that could interact with the other medications and treatments you’re undergoing.

  • Medical Marijuana. While using edibles or oils can cause diarrhea, there’s research that suggests vaping or smoking marijuana can alleviate those symptoms. Again, check with your doctor and also local laws before committing to this option. 

  • Marshmallows or Gelatin Snacks. We’re always looking for an excuse for a sweet treat and now you’ve got one! Munching on snacks like marshmallows will slow your stool movements because of the gelatin within them. Have a serving of your favorite gelatin snacks to see if this helps. 

  • Metamucil or Fibrous Snacks. A high-fiber diet can be linked to better mortality rates in colon cancer patients. Not only will it help make your poop more regular, it can keep you around longer! 

  • Prescription Drugs. Talk to your doctor if none of the other at-home remedies are working. There are medications like prochlorperazine that might make chronic motility issues more manageable. 

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