In a clinical trial of patients with cancer who received radiation therapy to the pelvis, those who took a probiotic product had less severe and less frequent diarrhea with no side effects, compared to those who took a placebo. Probiotics are being studied in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis and in adults, children, and adolescents who are undergoing stem cell transplantation.
Current Clinical Trials
Check NCI's list of cancer clinical trials for U.S. supportive and palliative care trials about diarrhea that are now accepting participants. The list of trials can be further narrowed by location, drug, intervention, and other criteria.
General information about clinical trials is also available from the NCI Web site.