Question asked by: 
Jenny
Date asked: 
Apr 2015

The cancer is on the bowel and I've been advised it is in difficult location to treat including the front of the bowel. The hospital advised to follow a low residue diet but I sometimes still experience pain especially when the stool is moving through the bowel. I have had mixed advice about whether to include fibre in the diet. Can you give me any advice on diet so that I’m getting nutrients but not suffering with so much pain and risking a blockage? 

Can you give any advice on diet for recurrent ovarian cancer and a recent bowel blockage?
Low residue or low fibre diet is often recommended to avoid bowel obstruction in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer as this helps with the transit of food through the gut.
Response by Lynn Buckley, Clinical Nurse Specialist (gynae-oncology)
Lynn

Low residue or low fibre diet is often recommended to avoid bowel obstruction in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer as this helps with the transit of food through the gut. There is information in the leaflet on this link on low fibre diet. Supplements drinks may be helpful to support nutrition . Eating little and often, drinking plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration when drinking worth considering isotonic/sports drinks gives calories. There is some good advice re diet generally on the Royal Marsden website.

You should always talk to your clinical team before changing your diet or taking any supplements.