Stacy, she will have some swelling during radiation, and BM might become like pencill, thats what happen to me, I was afraid that I will become obstruct, my surgeon warned about that, told me to drink a lots of water, that worked.
Took me about 4 weeks after therapy finished completlly, to get normal size BM.
I kept active, walked twice a day, on top of going for radiation, took xeloda after meal, twice a day, was told by some people on this board not take it on empty stomach.
Kept bladder full just before the radiation, radiation makes it shrink, that helpped, that was hardest part of whole radiation, timming of bladder, usually drank 500 cc of getorade 15 min. before radiation, that gave me energy and filed up bladdrer.
Avoided antioxidants during therapy, and 2 weeks after, was told by radiation guys it counteracts radiation.
Also protein diet is important.
55 year, male, never been seek in my life.
Diagnosed with T1,T2 N0 M0 rectal cancer, tumor 4.5cm,
Discovered by pure lack, after taking baby ASA, had blood in stool.
25 sessions of Chemo/rad finished end of January 2017, focus was on lymph nodes
Tumor erased, CCR, negative mri, ct, scope, no evidence of cancer
April 2017, folfox 8 rounds plus 2 rounds of xeloda
Sept.2017 CT , MRI negative