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stomach cancer - no feces

my husband has terminal stomach cancer, and he is unable, and unwilling, to eat any solid food. he has been taking clear fluids (about 3 cups a day of: juice, ensure, tea, broth) for about 6 weeks now. the hospice nurse says that he should be producing feces out of his colostomy. How can be any feces if he does not take any solids? His abdomen is swollen (ascites) but he does not complain of extreme hunger and definitely does not want any solids. Please any advise. R
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replied September 23rd, 2010
Even if you don't eat or drink anything, some stool will be formed within the GI tract from the sloughing of dead cells from the intestines, and from fluids secreted into the intestines by various organs.

Sadly, based upon the information that you have provided, it does sound like your husband is entering the final stages of his advanced stomach cancer.

I hope that he will remain comfortable, and that you and your family have enough support from family, friends, and others during this very difficult time in your lives.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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