Looking for advice and tips on how to manage narrowing of the bowel during chemo before surgery; in terms of laxatives, diet and general care?
My Mum has been diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer, she is in her late 60s. She has tumours on her small bowel, a large build up of ascites and a narrowing of the sigmoid colon.
She is just about to commence 3 cycles of taxol and carboplatin, then major surgery to remove the mass and repair her bowel with a (hopefully temporary) stoma, before further cycles of chemo.
As many of you know, the pain is horrendous but the narrowing of the bowel is causing awful trouble. The last few days everything is getting worse: she is in awful pain, bloated and uncomfortable, her abdomen is distended with very loud gas / gurgling sounds, bladder under pressure, she is nauseous and has lost her appetite. Passing minuscule amounts and barely passing wind at this stage. Overall she is completely exhausted and mood very low.
She is taking Tylex for the pain and Movicol as a laxative. Also trying flaxseed oil capsules with meals twice a day and 3-4 Senokot at night. We have also researched fibres (soluble and insoluble) but are bit confused by it all.
I’m sorry if this has been asked before. Any advice or positive words on how to get through this would be much appreciated. Thank you all. x