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BAM: A major cause of diarrhea in cancer patients

from Clinical Oncology

Poor absorption of bile acid is the cause of chronic diarrhea in a large proportion of cancer patients, new research shows. The study of 506 patients with diarrhea and a variety of cancer types found that 43 percent had bile acid malabsorption (BAM), suggesting an opportunity to substantially improve quality of life in patients with this complication. The study provides the basis for a more focused approach to diarrhea in cancer patients, said Frank Phillips, MD, a trainee gastroenterologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital, in London, England, who presented the study at Digestive Disease Week 2014. more

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