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i was operated on for colon cancer a few years ago and the cancer was at the very end of my rectom and every since i have no control of my bowels. it's not diarrhea, it is a solid stool most of the time

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You need to discuss this problem with your surgeon. It is obvious that the sphincter was damaged in the procedure (or removed together with the anus). Sphincter is a muscle that controls defecation.
It is very hard to say much for your individual case because I don’t know which procedure you underwent. There is a surgery in which an anus is removed together with the cancer and in which a colon is attached to the abdominal wall to form a colostomy, a bag that stool goes into.
However, many doctors decide to do a so called sphincter-sparing treatment, which allows the patient to preserve function of the anus. This surgery removes the cancer, and a part of the colon but it preserves anus and it is followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
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