We have just put up a new poll, but have included some symptoms that were not included when we did something similar a few months ago.
The reason is that we are trying to get a better picture of the problems that some people have well after the effects of the surgery should have settled down.
There is an increasing concern about the longer term consequences of cancer treatment. Sometimes the digestion problems are also relevant for other cancers, and seem to be related to the effect of chemotherapy, and of radiotherapy in the pelvic area. It may be related to the way in which the treatments affects the bacteria inside the digestive system. Other cancers probably do not have the effects of the loss of the vagus nerve controlling the way in which our digestive system sends signals to the brain, nor the surgically-shortened digestive system when the oeosphagus and/or stomach is removed.
We know that some people do suffer from, say, persistent diarrhoea, but we would like to try and find more information about how common this is, and the other digestion problems. I suspect that most people recognise that eating and digestion can never be the same in all respects, not least the size of meals that we can cope with, and some food that always seems to give us trouble. But this is really to do with problems that are quite serious, that might, for instance affect our lives and whether we can carry out our normal lives or not.
So thanks for your help.