The two things I did that made a difference were:
1) Use saline spray every time you gently blow your nose. It is way gentler than just blowing to get the blood clots/nasty stuff out.
2) Right after using the saline spray and cleaning out your nose, use a cotton swab and Vaseline/petroleum jelly to coat around the insides of your nostrils, as far back as you can comfortably go.
Do this for sure in the evening before you sleep. If you live in a dry climate, this is especially important. My bleeding was most troublesome during the night and in the morning after waking up. I could hardly breathe through my nose for all of the buildup. Doing these two things helped a lot.
12/22/10- Diagnosed at 30 yo
Rectal Stage IIIB, T3N1M0
1/11/11- 25 doses radiation w/ 24/7 5FU pump
4/8/11- LAR-Complete Response to Therapy!
5/13/11- 12 treatments of FOLFOX started
11/11- ilestomy reversed, port-a-cath removed
Mother of 3 beautiful little girls