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Gas problem during radiation treatment of PC
triley53 posted:
My radiation oncologist has given me guidelines to follow for diahrea, but are there preferable foods that don't produce flatulence? Gas is such a delay during treatment. Are there certain foods I should eat more of that don't produce gas and certain foods I should avoid?
ncobjim responded:
Finished 38 IMRT treatments Sep. 2010.
My radiation oncologist had me on Benifiber & GAS-X.
I had no problems at all with anything. No different foods or anything.
Judd W Moul, MD responded:
As a urologist, this is not my area of expertise. However, I asked a radiation oncologist at my hospital to help me provide you an answer: Here is what was sent to me about this question:

2) I do not ask my patients to change their diet during radiation unless they develop diarrhea (which is very unusual with modern methods).

3) If pressed then a low residue diet and imodium will generally suffice.

4) I recommend "asking their own doctor" as all of us have our own practices (which are frequently not evidence-based).

As an aside, I wonder if "Beano" might be of help.

Best of luck.

Dr. Moul
Galileo1962 replied to Judd W Moul, MD's response:
Dr. Moul mentioned a low-residue diet. That did indeed help me at the end of my radiation treatments.
I tried soluble fiber tablets at that time (Benefiber) and they actually made things worse.
A little experimentation should help you figure out what helps and what doesn't. I was also having proctitis, which gave me painful bowel movements. The low-residue diet helped with that somewhat as well, but Proctofoam, a prescription topical steroid/analgesic was fantastic for proctitis.

In time, things should resolve on their own. However, even now (4 years later) I have some excessive bloating and flatulence when I eat a lot of fruits and veggies.

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