Constipation and Cancer Treatment Topic Guide

Constipation and Cancer Treatment Constipation and Cancer Treatment:

Constipation is experienced by most people at some time in their life. Constipation can be a common problem for people with cancer undergoing treatment for their disease.

Common causes of constipation in both healthy people and those with cancer include fluid intake, diet, age, and not getting enough exercise. People with cancer may suffer constipation from cancer treatment drugs and therapies, pain medication (opioids), diuretics, supplements (iron, calcium), insomnia drugs, not eating enough food and drinking enough water, and conditions that prevent the person from participating in regular activities and exercise.

A high fiber diet, increased fluid intake, incorporating other bowel hygiene strategies, and possibly taking medicine may help relieve constipation in people with cancer.

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