Author(s): Bisanz A
To provide strategies for the assessment and management of bowel elimination disorders and to standardize approaches to prevent bowel disorders. DATA SOURCES: Articles, books, ongoing clinical research. DATA SYNTHESIS: The type and degree of bowel elimination problems vary with the type of tumor and treatment received. Prediction of potential bowel problems based on treatment given dictates a bowel management program to prevent problems and help patients deal with the outcome of the treatment. A standard care plan that includes assessment and intervention for various bowel elimination problems provides specific guidelines for nursing care. CONCLUSIONS: Bowel function in the patient with cancer inevitably will be affected while going through treatment or as the disease progresses.