Sigmoid cancer and advanced prostrate cancer

I was diagnosed with sigmoid cancer October 2020 and prostrate cancer in 2015. There has been several treatment for prostrate cancer and at present I’m on abirateron and steroids. Bowel cancer it was decided due to my age and chances of operation survival that I should concentrate on treatment for prostrate cancer. The surgeon stated that they can fit a sheath should my stomach become bloated and when I get constipated.  I have had problems with loose stools and wind causing some pain in the stomach when passing stools. Also have pain in the midriff area. Taking CO-codomol for pain relief as suggested by my prostrate surgeon. At present I go to the toilet at least for times a day and twice during the night. I have been prescribed mebeverine hydrochloride but it does not appear to have any effect. I am looking for a better solution. 

  • Hi Kenm

    Thanks for contacting Macmillan Cancer Support and welcome to the online community.

    I’m sorry to read what sounds like an overwhelming situation at home for you.

    We would encourage you to get back in touch with your treatment team and explain that the medication prescribed is unfortunately not working for you.

    This will allow your Consultant to review and make some adjustments to get the right and most effective treatment for your symptoms and your cancer.

    I see from your profile you have joined a few online support groups. Support from others going through similar experiences can make such a difference to you at this difficult time.

    Prostate cancer UK also offer peer support that you may find helpful.

    As well as the online support at Macmillan, Maggie’s also offer some emotional advice and online courses that can help anyone affected with cancer.

    Our number is 0808 808 0000 and we are open 7 days a week from 8am till 8pm.

    Please feel free to get back in touch if we can help with anything else.

    Best wishes


    Macmillan Information Nurse Specialist


  • Thank you for your response it is my doctor who is prescribing my medication. The bowel consultant has not been involved. I am not sure if my doctor has enough expertise in this field to help me further. Should I contact the concerned department at the hospital as it is causing me some discomfort. 

  • I have decided to email my consultant dr Richard Malloy at the colorectalcentre.

  • Yes i think that would be the best option. Hopefully someone will get back in touch with you shortly.