I was instructed to take stool softeners or Miralax to be sure to avoid a blockage forming, as my tumor was quite large. I took the Xeloda exactly 12 hours apart and had them schedule my radiation appointments at about the same time every day so that I could have the Xeloda scheduled to be taken one hour before my appointment, and I had to have a full bladder for my sessions to push the small bowel out of the way. I had a complete response to the radiation. I did not use any painkillers even though they were offered, and I did not use any creams with the exception of Greer's Goo as I really had hemorrhoids happen from the 6 weeks of lots of potty times.
The technician told me at my first session to eat very low fat as it will cause bad diarrhea and to eat no more than one gram of fiber a day. All fruits and vegetables are to be canned and peeled, white grains, pasta, no tomatoes, no spicy foods. I ate a lot of peanut butter sandwiches, applesauce, canned green beans, etc. Essentially it was what you feed a toddler. All went extremely well for getting through, the last 2 and 1/2 weeks were dreadful as I could not be far from a toilet and many people do have to use some type of pad liner in the underwear because of leakage. You will make it through and there are lots of very kind people here who have walked this trail before us and have plenty of advice to share.
DX: 2/21/2018 Rectal Cancer: T3c N2 M0, Intramucosal Adenocarcinoma
3/20/2018 Radiation 45gy in 25 fractions, while taking 3000mg Xeloda only radiation days starts 3/28/2018
5/8/2018 Completed Chemoradiation with 5 additional Boosts
6/29/2018 Started 4000mg Xeloda 14 days on and 7 days off. Oxaliplatin Infusion with Power Port.
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.