Changes in rectal discharge

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Apologies in advance if this is too much information I will try to be as discreet as I can. My husband has stage 3 rectal cancer had an end colostomy earlier this year and is currently undergoing radiotherapy and capecitabine. Despite the stoma he still passed mucus a grey like putty colour which was very foul smelling from his rectum. Since having radiotherapy this has changed now there is no smell but the discharge is now bloody and flesh/tissue like. Could this be part of the tissue of the tumour coming away? Has anyone else experienced this?

  • Hi  I didn’t have a stoma until after surgery and when I developed a bloody discharge it turned out to be an infected fluid build up where my rejoin was? Your hubby has obviously not had surgery yet but I’d still run this past his radiographers or colorectal support nurse. It may be totally normal but always best to check.

    Please let us know how you get on as this may be helpful to others in the future?

    Take care

    Karen x

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