Diarrhea - XRT Induced

Risk Factors

  • Hx radiation to abdomen, pelvis
  • Can affect small bowel, colon or rectum (e.g. XRT for prostate cancer)

Symptoms

  • Can be acute (within weeks of XRT): watery, fecal urgency, cramps; can be large volume
  • Can also be chronic, occurring months/years after XRT, causing persistent diarrhea
  • Can be accompanied by small amounts of blood