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How to treat diarrhea in a metastatic carcinoma patient?

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Published At April 3, 2016
Reviewed AtMay 27, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My mother is having metastatic carcinoma and went through radiotherapy. Now, she has got severe diarrhea, swelling in face and do not like to eat food. Please help.

Answered by Dr. Satya Narayan


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First get clinical examinations done that includes vital parameters of patient such as blood pressure (BP), pulse, respiratory rate, etc. Required blood investigations such as complete blood count, renal function test, liver function test and electrolyte study has to be done. Also, measure 24 hours urine output. Start intravenous fluids and further continue the management accordingly on the basis of reports and urine output. If the abdominal part was treated by radiotherapy and has only history of diarrhea then start lactobacillus, antimotility drugs (after each episode of diarrhea). If patient have fever also then antibiotics coverage should be required. My best opinion is to admit the patient, as the condition you have mentioned need continuous medical care.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Satya Narayan
Dr. Satya Narayan

Radiation Oncology

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