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Colorectal Cancer: Ostomy

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Somas and bags do not have to be visible under clothes. Stoma bags and base plates are made of flexible materials which hug the body. Unless the bag becomes too full or clothing is see through or ultra tight, it will not be seen. Even if it is seen, most people will not know what they are seeing.

Still, there are clothes made especially for people with ostomies. For example, offsite link,  sells products such as underwear for men and women and swim wraps that conceal and support ostomies. All employees have ostomies. 

Some people choose shirts and pants that open in the front to make it easier to access the pouch for cleaning.


Consider having lingerie or sleepwear made to order at a local store or online.  For example, we found the following stores on line. If you use then, please share your experience via e mail to: Survivorship A to Z

If you are handy with a needle, consider making your own pouch cover. Instructions with photo illustrations are available at:  offsite link(Search on "Make Your Own Covers")

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