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What causes slight orange stool after chemotherapy for bladder cancer?

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Posted on Tue, 12 May 2015
Question: My 79 y.o. mother just got finished chemo and radiation to successfully treat bladder cancer. This past week the color of stools have an orange tint to them. No blood, just an orange color upon wiping. Oncologist has no idea. Blood work is within normal limits for a person her age.
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Answered by Dr. Pavan Kumar Gupta (3 hours later)
Brief answer....looks like small blood
Detailed answer...
Hello,
Thanks for the query.
I have read your query and noted your concern.
The only explanation which can be given to this orange colour is presence of slight amount of blood in the stool which might have happened due to passage of constipated stools.
Or there could be presence of piles in her.
Constipation is a side effect of radiation also.
Other reason of orange colour can be consumption of beet root,if any.
I would advise you to get the stool checked for presence of blood.
Give her plenty of water,fibre and some laxative to take care of her constipation.
You may even get her examined by a surgeon to look for presence of any hemorrhoids.
I hope it helps however you may revert to me for any further query.
Best of luck
Thanks
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What causes slight orange stool after chemotherapy for bladder cancer?

Brief answer....looks like small blood Detailed answer... Hello, Thanks for the query. I have read your query and noted your concern. The only explanation which can be given to this orange colour is presence of slight amount of blood in the stool which might have happened due to passage of constipated stools. Or there could be presence of piles in her. Constipation is a side effect of radiation also. Other reason of orange colour can be consumption of beet root,if any. I would advise you to get the stool checked for presence of blood. Give her plenty of water,fibre and some laxative to take care of her constipation. You may even get her examined by a surgeon to look for presence of any hemorrhoids. I hope it helps however you may revert to me for any further query. Best of luck Thanks